Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire! Translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Detective ExtraordinaireMadeline is in fifth grade and she lives with her parents on the island of Hornby in Canada. Her parents support the family by making sand-dollar art. Madeline is really the adult in the house. She takes care of everything–including her parents–and works as a waitress to make ends meet. When her parents are kidnapped by foxes, Madeline starts out to discover where they are and rescue them but her detective Uncle falls into a coma (something he has been looking forward to) and Madeline doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit who have decided that their newest passion is to be detectives and they take her case pro bono (that means for free).

This is one laugh after another. The story abounds with funny characters and silly situations. It also has many black and white fun illustrations. (I loved the illustration of Mr. Bunny’s disco shoes and also The Marmot in disguise) I loved Mr. and Mrs. Bunny who are enthralled with Madeline so much so that they build her her own bunny hutch beside their house and hope that she will leave her silly parents and come live with them. They are an adorable couple. They love one another very much but they argue a lot and they make sure that they get even when the other does something mean. I liked that about them. So visit a world where animals have cars, social clubs, email and Italian restaurants and speak several languages. Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit have warm generous heart, too. Recommended for Grades 3-6.

Posted by: Fran

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