Horvath, Polly Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire! Schwartz and Wade, 2012. $16.99, 248 pages. Language: PG (3 ‘god’) Violence: G.
This is a hilarious story of Madeline, a young girl whose hippy parents are kidnapped by foxes for reasons Madeline isn’t sure of. Madeline is distressed and somehow teams up with a pair of bored rabbits that decided to become detectives. Along the way they meet more animals, drive a car, and search for her parents.
The book is absolutely absurd, but I mean that in the best way. The bunnies are personified well, as scatterbrained yet well meaning empty-nesters who think they are having a marvelous adventure. The writing is unique; the illustrations are great. The book reminded me a lot of Colin Meloy’s Wildwood both in tone and setting.
Upper EL – ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Ben