- File Size: 4834 KB
- Print Length: 274 pages
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (February 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0051ANQAU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The outrages over what the character Flo about "redistribution of wealth", against the monarchy, against grading, etc. were not praises of those values, but character development for the heroine's parents. If they had read on, they would have seen that the "hippies" Flow and Mildred were in fact satirized as out-of-touch, even burn-out types and that it was Madeline, the daughter who went to public school and wanted to be like the other children, who took care of them.
To think that Horvath was trying to "propagandize" from a leftist perspective is about as back-asswards as it gets, but typical of some of the right who have no sense of satire or irony unless it's done with a Limbaugh hammer. In fact, in one particular scene, the "bunny government" is feared by the Bunnies in a manner most libertarian.
Politics aside, the book is quite funny and age-appropriate for eight-nine years old and up. There is an easy transition from our "real world" to the world of the bunnies and foxes (anthropomorphized of course). The jokes are light and airy. The "mystery" is almost irrelevant as it's just a fun romp.
The first chapter sets the tone for poor Madeline's situation--SHE is the "adult" in the family, not the leftover-from-Haight-Ashbury wanderers who are older than her. We are not supposed to sympathize with these parents who won't go to their child's graduation, not agree with them!
Poor author, can't believe she's been so misunderstood...but then again I'm sure she thought people would have the maturity to read past chapter 1.
Anyway. I loved this book. Laughed a lot. Wished my daughter were young again so I could read it aloud to her. She's a teenager and pretty busy so understandably won't let me do that though she did laugh over the outtakes I read to her.
It's TOTALLY absurd, and very clever. Kids will either get the jokes now, or at least appreciate the absurdity, and then later on the references to things beyond their ken will "click" and they'll laugh anew.
Horvath writes in a style that is rather like a swirling combination of Lemony Snicket and Beatrix Potter. It is kooky and funny, yet rather sophisticated in the details. Madeline's favorite book is "Pride and Prejudice," for instance, and in a terrific scene, her parents, Mildred and Flo, use a lot of silly French and German phrases while trying to learn to speak fox. Some readers may not have any frame of reference for the stereotypical hippie-speak of Madeline's folks, but it shouldn't keep them from enjoying this quirky little novel.
I loved it when Madeline hypnotized the marmot. This book was really funny. We also listened to it on cd and the voices were really funny. We can't wait for the next bunny detectives book!
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The gold standard for Polly Horvath books will for me forever be Everything on a Waffle, but I've yet to read anything by her that's less than charming or weird or charmingly... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer Grey
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Was a bit of a slow start but once it got going it was thoroughly loved by all! Highly recommendPublished 19 months ago by kell
A great story for both kids and adults. I'm not sure which of us loved it more!Published 19 months ago by PB
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