Lord and Lady Bunny - Almost Royalty!
Lord and Lady Bunny - Almost Royalty!

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Annotation: Madeleine and her hippie parents travel to England to run a candy shop as Mr. and Mrs. Bunny also travel to England, where Mrs. Bunny tries to weasel her way into the ranks of royalty.
Catalog Number: #112814
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie,
Pages: 293 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-307-98068-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-92927-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-307-98068-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-92927-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012027442
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In this frolicsome follow-up to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny tectives Extraordinaire! (2012), Madeleine and her hippie parents, Mildred and Flo, set off to England on a cruise ship, catapulted by a mystical box of cinnamon sugar Pop-Tarts, in search of fortune (Madeleine sensibly wants to augment her college fund, while Mildred dreams of an organic vegetable farm). As it happens, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, no longer detectives but just as lovingly quarrelsome, are traveling on the same boat, with their own royal agenda: Mrs. Bunny aims to be the Queen. Madeleine has her friend Katherine for company, and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny have Mrs. Treaclebunny; together they plot and flounder, foiled by happenstance, rescued by coincidence, and propelled by synchronicity. Exploits abound, including hedgehog disguises (quills and superglue) and trained magical candy shops. Horvath holds all of this folly together with affectionate characterizations, dazzling wit, and an unflagging commitment to the winding narrative, with Blackall's familiar ink-and-wash sketches embellishing the tone of skewed bemusement.
Horn Book
In this meticulously crafted sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire!, Madeline wants to save enough money for college; Mrs. Bunny, done with sleuthing, wants to be queen. Somehow these two radically different desires result in both of them taking an ocean liner across the Pond (Madeline's parents have serendipitously inherited a sweet shoppe in England). Much inspired lunacy and madcap adventure ensues.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
School Library Journal
Gr 3&11;6&12; 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.&12; Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
Word Count: 55,346
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 164358 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:13.0 / quiz:Q63202
Lexile: 750L
Guided Reading Level: X
Fountas & Pinnell: X

This hilarious sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-Detectives Extraordinaire! is a bunny-rific "tail" 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.


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