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Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information. Would you like us to take another look at this review? The Bunny's 1 by Polly Horvath ,. The Bunny's 1 3. 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 character 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!
So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of unforgettable characters.
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
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. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mr. Be the first to ask a question about Mr.
Lists with This Book. Jan 31, Rachael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Le Guin recently wrote an excellent post about literary awards. The whole thing is thoughtful and thought-provoking, but this passage in particular caught my eye: Every kid in the neighborhood brought their pet, and every pet got a prize, an ad hoc, unique prize: There was no Best of Breed in those days there were many mongrels and few breeds , and certainly no Best of Show.
Bunny is going to win the Newbery Medal though I could be wrong - I used to think there was an upper limit for Newbery weirdness, but then a little book about funeral homes, Hell's Angels, and homicidal octogenarians made the cut. If there were a literary equivalent of Being the Only Skink, though, Polly Horvath would have it in the bag.
And that gets at the heart of my ambivalence about literary awards. It does not serve literature. It has encouraged excellence in writing and publishing for children by rewarding excellence in writing for children with prestige and increased sales. In that sense, maybe literary awards are most effective within ghettoized genres. If no one believes there's such a thing as aesthetic greatness within children's literature or science fiction, or romance , the establishment of an award can create a change in perception on the part of both publishers and readers.
On the other hand, this is the age of shrinking shelf space and vanishing bookstores. Awards encourage publishers to give riskier titles a chance in the first place, but if they don't garner the Big One, how long do the books stay in print? I guess we'd better hold on to our libraries and our children's librarians: Bunny is really freaking weird, even for Polly Horvath.
The fact that she is listed, on the cover, as having translated the book "from the Rabbit" should tip you off. The plot, such as it is, concerns a sensible little girl whose hippie parents have been kidnapped by some evil foxes who also own Fox Entertainment, naturally. She enlists the help of Mr. Bunny, who have very recently taken up detective work, mostly as an excuse to wear fedoras. It's hilarious, surreal, and good-natured with a touch of bite. I will also note that it's so, so nice to see a woman writing unabashedly in the darkly humorous vein.
We need more of that. Sophie Blackall's illustrations complement the text perfectly. They make me want to buy an illustration from her etsy shop. I do worry, though, that the cute bunnies on the cover will put off the weird little boys who will otherwise love this book. Skink defenders, do your work! Feb 07, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bunny, empty nesters now that their twelve children have moved out and are having bunnies of their own, decide to turn detective.
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The case of the missing parents! Madeline, a human girl who can understand bunny language, is beside herself when her parents are kidnapped. Can the bunnies help? After all, Madeline's parents are useless hippies and it might be better for the bunnies to keep Madeline as a pet. As charming as it is hilarious, sweet without being twee, this book was just a delight from start to finish!
My children and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sep 14, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: I picked this one up for a couple of reasons. Also, the cover drew me in with its ridiculous title, its equally ridiculous illustration of two oh-so-serious detective rabbits, and its claim that the book was translated from the rabbit by Polly Horvath. The kids who pick up a bunny chapter book are no I picked this one up for a couple of reasons.
The kids who pick up a bunny chapter book are not the same age as the kids who are amused by sarcastic, quirky, read-with-a-dictionary-next-to-you wit. Oh, and most kids would absolutely have to read this with a dictionary or an iPhone, presumably. And speaking of quirk, the eccentricity factor was just a little too high for me; it made some of the humor seem contrived rather than native to the plot. Please refer to the character of Uncle Runyon for a case study in pointless quirk.
The husband-wife dynamics between Mr. But if a kid has no experience of a particular social dynamic or bit of history and if the book makes references without explaining , he has no context to understand the humor. You know who kids will like in this book? Treaclebunny, the mooching neighbor. Apr 26, Lu Benke rated it really liked it. Think Marshall's The Stupids. Think a book that blows you out of the water for how silly and fun and full of the fun of language a book can be. I listened to this as an audiobook but I think I would have enjoyed the book even more.
I laughed the entire time that they were introduced. I kept wondering what age kids would e Think farce. I kept wondering what age kids would enjoy how many idioms and figures of speech peppered this book. And, I kept wondering if any third or fourth grade teacher would have the courage to use this as a classroom readaloud.
I think the kids would love it and the teacher could get a lot of mileage out of talking about all the idioms. I mean, there is at least one every other sentence! Horvath always was good at using more advanced vocabulary in her books, but she has outdone herself here! And, if you, like I, were hesitant to read a chapter book with "Mr. Bunny" in the title, rest assured, this is not in the "bunny" genre! A clever book aimed at middle grades.
Bunny bumble their way through solving a crime for young Madeline. The detectives are not always practical in their efforts, but they are sincere. This is silly and surreal and I enjoyed the journey. A fun and smart read. Aug 25, Gail Shepherd rated it it was amazing Shelves: The bulk of my reading is middle grade, YA, and adult, but getting the galleys for Polly Horvath's Mr.
I haven't howled through a book this way since David Sedaris's Naked. And to think it was a chapter book that left me gasping! Bunny is targeting two completely different demographics, I suspect: The book is due out February , but you c The bulk of my reading is middle grade, YA, and adult, but getting the galleys for Polly Horvath's Mr.
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The book is due out February , but you can pre-order it now from Amazon. Do it now so you don't forget. The under-ten crowd might miss the satire New Age parents and chain restaurants come in for a lot of goosing; and couples will recognize themselves in the happily married, if long-suffering, Bunnies. But the non-stop silliness is equal opportunity fun. Madeline's parents have been kidnapped by foxes running a rabbit by-products factory; she hires Mr. Bunny to track them down. Half the joke is that Mr.
Bunny--who wear fedoras and drive a Smart car--are kindly but incompetent. When a very stupid marmot named The Marmot is added to the mix the tangles increase exponentially. The Marmot Question Just how stupid is that marmot? Well, for starters, he uses a card printed with a precious secret code to wipe his bottom, then flushes it down the toilet. Horvath knows how to take a good joke and keep drawing it out.
The Marmot asks Madeline to call him "The," his first name, but Madeline finds this impossibly confusing. Don't you have a nickname? We'll be here all night. When it comes to marmots, give orders," said Mr. The problem of what to call The Marmot goes on for pages, getting progressively crazier. All the while Madeline's annoying parents, who have brains the size of mung beans, are having an insane conversation of their own with a fox called Grand Poobah.
They're tied up back to back in the by-products factory, and Madeline's dad believes--wrongly--that he's getting the hang of speaking fox. Little do they know the foxes are planning to have finger food for dinner that night. Can you guess what the main ingredient is? The illustrations by Sophie Blackall are charming. I plan to go back and read them all. Feb 13, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: I had really high expectations for Mr.
When I started reading it, I really liked it, especially the human character, Madeline. However, the silly and cutesy parts of the story really started to wear on me. After a while you start to wonder how many na I had really high expectations for Mr. After a while you start to wonder how many names you can stick Bunny into.
The story is about a girl named Madeline who lives on a small island in British Columbia with her hippie parents. Although most of the children on the island are home-schooled, she takes a two hour trip to Vancouver to attend school, where she hasn't made any friends, due to her scavenged clothes and general other-ness. When she learns that Prince Charles will be visiting her elementary school graduation, she desperately wants to go, but learns that she needs white shoes for a special performance, something she knows her parents will never pay for.
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