Publisher's Note:  

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 Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall, here is a book that kids will both laugh over and love.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Detectives Extraordinaire! by Mrs. Bunny

by Polly Horvath

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What do you get when you mix a couple of hippie parents, a very smart little girl, and a cast of animal characters who talk, walk and act like humans?  You get Polly Horvath’s hilariously funny book, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Detective’s Extraordinaire!

For those looking for a great bed-time story or just a book your child won’t be able to put down, look no further.  Horvath weaves together and imaginative story of Madeline, a little girl forced to grow up too soon as her parents are sort of out-in-space, and a married bunny couple who become not only helpers, but a parental influence.  Toss in a gang of crazy foxes, who have kidnapped Madeline’s parents and a marmot who must help with translating a recipe, and you have the makings of a great story.

The characters in this book, both animal and human, are very well-developed.  Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are highly cultured, and Mr. Bunny is an avid Scientific Bunny reader.  Mrs. Bunny has many worthwhile pursuits, the most recent of which is being a member of the local hat club.  Madeline is a fifth grade girl who thirsts for education, but whose parents aren’t sold on traditional education.  The gang of foxes are bad guys, but with a leader named Grand Poobah, they are a little inept.

This is a delightfully silly book.  Some of the humor does tend toward the cartoon/animal mischief side so parents of children under age seven should be aware.  There are also 7-10 vocabulary words that are likely to be a stretch in terms of pronunciation and meaning for children ages 8-10, but even if skipped over don’t materially change the story.

Overall a captivating read for children and those who just need a good giggle.

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Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations.

Violence/Gore:  Factory logo is rabbit being stuffed into can; character gets stuck in a door and must be crow-bared out; animal character mentions human fingers as food several times; animal character kidnaps adult human characters; animal character threatens undescribed harm to adult characters several times; animal character threatens to drag another animal character by ears.

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One reference to Irish whiskey.

Reviewed By Beckie
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