Lord and Lady Bunny--Almost Royalty! (Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Series #2)by Polly Horvath, Sophie Blackall
In this hilarious sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire!—that even includes a guest appearance by J. K. Rowling a.k.a. "Oldwhatshername"—Madeleine wants nothing more than to save money for college, but her impractical, ex-hippie parents are broke. When the family unexpectedly inherits a sweet shoppe in England that has the potential to earn serious profit, they see an answer to all their problems. . . . Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—formerly of the detecting persuasion—are looking for new professions, and Mrs. Bunny decides she would like to be Queen. Soon they, too, are headed across the pond. Brought to you by National Book Award-winning author Polly Horvath and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Sophie Blackall, the adventures of Madeleine and the Bunnys are zanier than ever.
From the Hardcover edition.
Gr 3–6—The indomitable Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, nine-year-old Madeleine, and her lackadaisical parents unexpectedly run into one another aboard a ship bound for England. How did this happen? Well, Mrs. Bunny decided she wanted to be queen, and Madeleine's father, Flo, credits a mysterious box of Pop Tarts and the "synchronicity of the universe." It's a long story, but just as ridiculous, wacky, and humorous as Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire (Random, 2012). This romp has even less plot than the first, relishing in its own absurdity and remarkable coincidences, to the point that Mrs. Bunny even meets her translator (Horvath) at a book signing and discovers that the human author has been taking credit for Mrs. Bunny's first book. This sequel does not stand alone, but is guaranteed to delight anyone who loved the forward-driving action and vivacious wit of these good-hearted, unique characters the first time around.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and the sixth-grade human child Madeline collide again in this silly, satirical sequel to Horvath's Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire! (2012). Mrs. Bunny, always in search of a new job (and a new hat to go with it), has now decided she must become the queen of England, despite the fact that she's from Canada…and a rabbit. Coincidentally, Madeline's hippie mother inherits a sweet shoppe in the English village of Bellyflop, and so Madeline stumbles upon her dear bunny friends again--this time on an England-bound cruise ship. The adventure begins! Told in alternating sections--bunny, human, bunny, human--the stories of the dreams and delusions of the two traveling parties unfold, heavily seasoned with Horvath's wry take on everything from social media to clotted cream to celebrity authors who write about wizards and magical candy. In fact, the author is having so much fun, her musings sometimes overwhelm the story, and readers won't be surprised to find her bookstore cameo as Mrs. Bunny's translator. The plot is unapologetically preposterous, but the truly witty banter, near-constant conflict and palpable love between Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are both genuinely affecting and uproariously funny. Blackall's elegant, expressive black-and-white illustrations add whimsy to an already effervescent adventure. A purely Horvath-ian (meaning hilarious) hop across the pond. (Comedy of manners. 9-14)
Meet the Author
MRS. BUNNY is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire!
POLLY HORVATH is one of the most highly acclaimed authors writing today. Among her many books are The Canning Season (National Book Award winner and YA Canadian Book of the Year), Everything on a Waffle (Newbery Honor Book), The Trolls (National Book Award Finalist), My One Hundred Adventures (Amazon Best Book and multiple best of the year lists), Northward to the Moon (Oprah's Book Club Kid's Reading List, Parent's Choice Gold Award), and, most recently, One Year in Coal Harbor.
SOPHIE BLACKALL received the Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick. She is the illustrator of A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award winner. She has also illustrated the bestselling Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows. A native of Australia, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at SophieBlackall.com
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