A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Gentle intro to the issue of same-sex marriage. Shows democracy in action, how you can vote out someone you disagree with over an issue.
"Everyone is different. And different is not bad" ... "Different is Special." You should be able to love whomever you want. In a democracy, if you disagree with who's in charge, you can vote that person out. "Stink bugs are temporary. Love is Forever."
Positive Role Models
Marlon Bundo is sweet and fun-loving. Wesley is nice. Their animal friends are kind and supportive and believe in celebrating everyone's differences. The bunnies' wedding ceremony is performed by a female cat "who brought her wife as her date."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, presented by HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and written by LWT staffer Jill Twist, is a picture book that celebrates inclusiveness and democracy and embraces same-sex marriage, in this case between two bunnies. Provocative comedian Oliver published this book to coincide with the publication of a similarly titled book written by Vice President Mike Pence's daughter (featuring his real-life family pet rabbit, which is named Marlon Bundo), as a response to Pence's on-the-record positions on same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ issues.
Is It Any Good?
This cute, funny, and inclusive picture book has a positive message about celebrating who you are and loving who you want. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo takes a positive view of same-sex marriage and pokes fun at Vice President Mike Pence, giving The Stink Bug his hair color and style. But young readers probably won't make that connection.
Oliver, star of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, released this book the same day that Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President -- written by Pence's daughter Charlotte Pence and illustrated by his wife, Karen Pence -- as a sort of prank inspired by Pence's stances on same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ issues. But even without that backdrop, the book works as a gentle story about falling in love and wanting to make a commitment. It sends a positive message to kids that they can be proud of who they are and love who they want. It also introduces the basics of democracy in an age-appropriate way.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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