In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. Read more...
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In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of unforgettable characters. There's Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others. Translated from the Rabbit by Newbery Honor-winning author Polly Horvath, and beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall, here is a book that kids will both laugh over and love.
- ISBN-13: 9780375867552
- ISBN-10: 0375867554
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
- Publish Date: February 2012
- Page Count: 248
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-12-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Eccentrics of multiple species converge in an adventure from Horvath (Northward to the Moon) in which the boundaries between the human and animal worlds become alternately fluid and impenetrable. On Hornby Island, off Vancouver, foxes drive cars, bunnies attend hat clubs and disciplinary councils, and marmots gorge on garlic bread. Fifth-grader Madeline oversees her household’s cooking, cleaning and wage-earning duties, while her hippie parents pursue enlightenment and unsuccessfully discourage her from attending school. When the Grand Poobah of foxes kidnaps her parents, Madeline enlists a pair of neophyte bunny detectives to track them down. Blackall’s (Edwin Speaks Up) b&w illustrations convey the incongruous hilarity of various plot developments: Mr. Bunny’s disco platform shoes are scene-stealers (and also help him drive); later Madeline leads a charge of bunnies wearing hound masks. Energetic pacing, witty prose, and snappy dialogue (“Why don’t you come to our hutch for lunch, dear?” Mrs. Bunny says to Madeline. “It’s just over those thirty-seven hills”) coalesce in what is hopefully the first of many escapades for these unforgettable, bumbling would-be sleuths. Ages 8–12. Agent: Writers House. Illustrator’s agent: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Rabbits to the rescue!
National Book Award winner Polly Horvath puts a fresh twist on a typical theme—a young orphan placed with an older caregiver—in her delightful new middle grade mystery, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! Young Madeline might as well be an orphan. The only responsible resident on Hornby Island, off the coast of British Columbia, she changes the light bulbs while her hippie parents make sand-dollar jewelry. When her parents not only refuse to attend her fifth-grade graduation, which Prince Charles will officiate during his Canadian tour, but also refuse to buy her new white shoes to conform to graduation standards, Madeline decides to earn her own money.
After returning from a shift at the Happy Goat Café, Madeline discovers that her parents have been kidnapped by a band of foxes, who are looking for help in decoding secret family recipes before opening a bunny-processing factory. Just when all seems hopeless, Madeline meets Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, a pair of middle-aged rabbits whose passion du jour is detective work. Just as horse whisperers communicate with horses, the human girl can somehow understand these fedora-sporting bunnies.
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny set out to find her parents in time for graduation. Their sleuthing leads Madeline in and out of trouble, but for the first time she feels taken care of. Aided by a smart car, Craigslist and never-ending breadsticks from the Olde Spaghetti Factory (because what town doesn’t have a chain Italian restaurant?), the bunnies do their work, all the while offering spot-on observations about human behavior. Horvath’s humor is a rare feat: a blend of over-the-top and smart that will keep both children and adults laughing to the bittersweet end.