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Publisher's Note:

When Emily Vole inherits an abandoned shop, she discovers a magical world she never knew existed. And a fairy-hating witch, a mischievous set of golden keys, and a train full of brightly colored bunnies are just a few of the surprises that come with it. With the help of a talking cat called Fidget and a grumpy fairy detective called Buster, it is up to Emily to save the fairies and get to the bottom of Operation Bunny.…

Operation Bunny

by Sally Gardner

Overall Book Review:

Operation Bunny is Book One in the Wings & Co. middle grade series.  It is a little bit of magic mixed with a detective agency concept–and a whole lot of fabulous characterization.  The prose and dialogue style are brilliant.  (Bunnification!  I am jealous that I never invented such a marvelous word.)  The narrative clips along with nary a dull moment.  How could it be dull with large talking cats, wandering shops, magical keys, and a vindictive witch?

With its fabulous illustrations by David Roberts, this series is a good next step up for those moving on from chapter books.  Perhaps it was the dry humor, but Operation Bunny is one of the more enjoyable middle grade reads I have encountered recently.  No need to fight with your child over who gets to read it, as it would also be an excellent read-aloud.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Report of deaths/murders, non-detailed; fall with minor injury; verbal threats; magic used to suck souls from characters; magic spell used to transform characters; characters struggle, bash, kick each other, non-detailed.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, orphans.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!