Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire
translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath is laugh out loud funny from beginning to end.
As in all the Polly Horvath books I have read there is a uniquely functioning dysfunctional family situation. In this case Madeline is more an adult than her parents. She takes care of everything for them because they don’t seem to see the need for her traditional wishes to go to school, have friends or fit in. They get kidnapped and it is up to Madeline to find them. She knows she’ll have to because they don’t know how to do anything for themselves. She does this with the help of rabbits. She is able to talk to them because she is a one-of-a-kind person, “a Rabbit Whisperer.” They are detectives and work to make sure she has what all children need – someone to take care of them. Through many hilarious twists and turns they outsmart the foxes, break the code (sort of) and wear retro-purple sequin disco platforms in the process.
My favorite lines are, “I’ve often heard animals speak. Plants too. It’s all a matter of noticing, isn’t it? The richness of our lives depends on what we are willing to notice and what we are willing to believe.”
So true – what do you notice? What do you believe? Enjoy reading while you wait for Everything on a Waffle‘s sequel to come out next fall. Books by Polly Horvath are fun!