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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire! Library Binding – February 14, 2012

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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. --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.

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Starred Review, Booklist, February 15, 2012:
“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”




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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375967559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375967559
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,844,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Black on June 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After reading the 1 star reviews of this book, I have come to a new understanding of the deliberate ignorance of some people.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm pretty astonished to arrive here and find people's knickers in a twist over chapter 1. My goodness, it was clear as day to me, a left-of-center person, that the author was NOT promulgating a left-wing agenda but rather mocking the sort of people who lose sight of the essence of something and bury their head in meaningless, rote, and showy patterns of holier-than-thou behavior--something that people from any religion or political stripe can do.

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.
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My 9 year old struggles to find books that are sweet without being saccharine, adventurous without being too scary. This book takes the overdone trope of girl who has to rescue her parents and makes it hysterically funny. She started reading it herself, wanted to read me the funniest lines, and before long we were reading it as a family because everyone was enjoying it so much. I do agree with the other reviewers that some of the humor is probably a little too satirical for young readers, and that the plot don't follow the normal rhythms; instead it's lots of diversions and then a wham bang everything at once ending. But we enjoyed it so much; it's a book where the humor comes first and at times seems to be mocking the usual kiddie lit formula.
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A bizarre, yet oddly satisfying story for middle readers and up, this book tells the tale of a girl named Madeline whose parents are kidnapped by foxes and who goes in search of them with the help of a pair of bunnies who have recently purchased fedora hats and therefore are obviously detectives.

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.
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When a young girl named Madeline's parents are kidnapped by foxes, the foxes give Madeline a recipe to decode. And when two bunnies move into a new hutch, they make friends with Madeline and ask a marmot to help decode the recipe. Will they be able to decode it before something happens to Madeline's parents?

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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By Ashley on August 21, 2013
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I bought this book after reading the back of it and I am so glad I did. It was so funny and very enjoyable even as an adult reader. The parts with the Marmot were especially funny. I would buy any book that Polly Horvath writes in the future.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
My family (with boys age 13, 10, and 7) listened to the audio version of the book on a car trip. There are funny parts in the book I know I missed because there was so much laughing that I couldn't hear what the author was saying. It is a little confusing at the beginning when you're trying to get a feel for the author's tone and whether Madeline's parents are supposed to be taken seriously, but we quickly realized it's setting the stage for many humorous situations to come later. The story and characters are so creative and delightful. We enjoyed listening to Ms. Horvath's reading, which has memorable voices for the characters. Weeks later we are all still imitating the speaking style of Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, the foxes, The Marmot, and Flo. My only complaint was when Flo used the word "crap" near the beginning. We almost stopped listening at that point because I wasn't sure if that type of language would be used throughout the book, but it wasn't. Some people could be offended by various themes, such as Madeline's parents' negative attitude toward education or the public school kids' attitude toward homeschoolers, but I think having vivid, opinionated characters makes the book interesting! If you read the whole book, the main character thinks for herself. She doesn't let her parents or her classmates' attitudes dissuade her from following her own plan.
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