Lord and Lady Bunny -- Almost Royalty!

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Hilarious sequel takes Madeline and Bunnys to England.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Mr. Bunny joins a traveling Shakespeare troupe that's performing his favorite, King Lear. Many kids will relate to book-loving Madeline's thought about having to write chapter summaries: "Nothing had done so much to kill a generation's love of reading." They'll also pick up bits of local color from Canadian and British life.

Positive messages

Strong messages, usually with a light, humorous touch, promote education, love of family, kindness, cleverness, and working together to solve problems -- as well as the likelihood that help will come from the unlikeliest quarters.

Positive role models

Along with their quirks, the Bunnys show loving concern for Madeline and take responsibility for her well-being. Madeline and Katherine are good friends who learn from each other (Madeline learns to appreciate her peaceful family life after encountering her BFF's noisy, sports-mad brothers); as the true adult in her family, Madeline is responsible and mature, looking forward to college and determined to do what it takes to make it happen. Even the feckless Flo and Mildred show unexpected determination in a crisis, and Flo performs a startling act of generosity.

Language

The Bunnys and other characters frequently use the word "pooey" to describe things they don't like.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Polly Horvath's Lord and Lady Bunny -- Almost Royalty!, the sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny -- Detectives Extraordinaire!, follows in the same tradition of hysterically funny, warm-hearted, wildly improbable adventure (not only does Prince Charles make another cameo appearance, our heroes also encounter J.K. Rowling, dubbed "Oldwhatshername"). Once again the Bunnys and 10-year-old Madeline are the mature ones, and here they're worried about the college fund her flaky parents haven't started for her. Unlikely circumstances and comic misunderstandings soon take the entire cast of characters to England. Madeline's parents are cartoonishly hippie-dippie and prone to Cosmic Muffin-type proclamations, but there are no explicit drug references. There are no explicit references to Harry Potter, either, but kids who know the series will be in hysterics over the discussions of Oldwhatshername. U.S. readers will gain some insight into the Canadian experience as the British Columbian characters venture from their comfortable homes in search of adventure and riches. Characters, especially the Bunnys, are sometimes in cartoonish peril (notably from a villainous ship's employee bent on throwing them overboard), but everyone escapes unscathed, and all's well that ends well.

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What's the story?

Barely two weeks after the events of Mr. and Mrs. Bunny -- Detectives Extraordinaire!, Mrs. Bunny decides they need a new adventure and, after a bit of thought, decides that she really wants to be queen. Also, since success depends on talking the current monarch into the idea, the Bunnys are soon en route to England to seek Elizabeth II. So, to their annoyance, is their neighborhood nemesis, Mrs. Treaclebunny. So, unbeknownst to the Bunnys, are their friend and surrogate daughter (despite the species difference), Madeline, her BFF Katherine, and Madeline's space-cadet parents, who have inherited a sweet shoppe (candy store) in England. Improbable adventures, some involving royalty and other famous persons, ensue.

Is it any good?

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Author (or rather, "Translator From the Rabbit") Polly Horvath brings more over-the-top (in a good way) wackiness in LORD AND LADY BUNNY -- ALMOST ROYALTY!, as Mrs. Bunny chases her dream of being queen, Madeline frets about college, and former flower children Flo and Mildred display unexpected qualities. The plot wends its way through transatlantic ocean liners, country fetes, family castles, and village bookstores, leading to ridiculous, if ultimately satisfying, developments. Sophie Blackall's black-and-white illustrations bring the characters to comical life.

One of the book's great charms is Horvath's dialogue, in which a character's speech bounces from, for example, Jane Austen to Sylvester Stallone. " 'Mr. Bunny, how you do run on. And if you wanted to be listed as a coauthor, why did you not say so before the book was published?' 'I was waiting for the reviews,' said Mr. Bunny. 'No guts, no glory,' said Mrs. Bunny, and settled back comfortably into her pillows."

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stories that feature talking animals interacting with people. What do you think is the appeal of this type of story? How are the animals here like the ones you've encountered in real life, and how are they more like people?

  • Have you ever been to an author's book signing? What was the book, and how did you like the event? Did anything about it surprise you?

  • Have you been to British Columbia, where Madeline and the Bunnys live? How did you like it? How was it different from the place you live?

Book details

Author:Polly Horvath
Illustrator:Sophie Blackall
Genre:Humor
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters, Friendship, Great girl role models
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Schwartz & Wade
Publication date:February 11, 2014
Number of pages:304
Publisher's recommended age(s):8 - 12
Available on:Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook

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Parent Written bycoskat12 February 28, 2014
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Crazy fun

my son has read all the Andy Griffiths books, and so have his class mates- great for getting boys into reading

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