From School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-When Madeline, a fifth grader, comes home to discover that her somewhat unconventional, hippie parents are missing, so begins another fantastic and entertainingly quirky chapter book (Schwartz + Wade, 2012) by Polly Horvath. Madeline, who lives on Hornby Island, has had to learn to be the grown-up in her family; taking care of her parents, who have chosen to live a carefree, isolated life. Much to her parents' bewilderment, Madeline insists on taking two ferries and two buses so that she can attend the public school on the mainland. This creatively humorous and sometimes satirical tale involves a host of curious characters including a pair of detective bunnies who come to Madeline's assistance when her parents are kidnapped by a group of nefarious foxes and their somewhat pretentious leader, the Grand Poobah. Cleverly credited as being written by Mrs. Bunny herself, with merely a translation by Polly Horvath, kids will love the cast of captivating characters in this laugh-out-loud adventure. The author provides admirable narration, but her slight vocal distinctions between the characters make the recording seem slow moving. However, the story itself is so dynamic and entertaining that listeners will be engaged and eager for more!-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, Fairport NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Starred Review, Booklist, February 15, 2012:From the Hardcover edition.
“An instant classic, with a contemporary resonance and a tone of yesteryear, fairly begging to be read aloud.”
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, January 1, 2012:
“Look not for logic; this is a romp.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011:
“Energetic pacing, witty prose, and snappy dialogue coalesce in what is hopefully the first of many escapades for these unforgettable, bumbling would-be sleuths.”
Review, The Washington Post, May 2, 2012:
“National Book Award-winner Polly Horvath’s latest, a rabbity romp complete with
whimsical illustrations and a quirky cast of characters, has both the look and feel of a classic children’s book . . . Forget logic, the real fun here is in the detours, dead-ends and dangling clues that destroy all literary conventions.”
Review, The New York Times Book Review, May 13, 2012:
“Quite amusing….[her stories] give younger readers something they can readily grasp and enjoy”