Monday, May 21, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday!  Today is a bit unusual for me. I'm actually only halfway through with the book I'm sharing. Because of the beautiful weekend here in Michigan, I was outside way too much and didn't get the book finished.  So, I want to share my thoughts so far and will write a follow-up post later this week after I complete the book.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!
by Mrs. Bunny and translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books 2012

The description from Goodreads:
In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of unforgettable characters. There's Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others. Translated from the Rabbit by Newbery Honor-winning author Polly Horvath, and beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall, here is a book that kids will both laugh over and love.

I have to say, this book is definitely different from anything I have read for a while. It sucks you into a different world full of hippie parents, a sensible daughter, talking animals and a wonderful mystery.  The occasional illustrations are so in tune with the story and help my imagination as I read.  One thing to note - the vocabulary can be advanced, so I would recommend this for the upper end of the middle grade spectrum. I've even looked up a word to check its meaning!

That's all I have for now. Stay tuned later this week and I will let you know how it turns out!

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