Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

If you are against non-union lettuce and for clothing made from used dental floss, this is your book. Polly Horvath has written a fantastical kidnapping plot with a zany cast of characters including The Marmot, Madeline, a hooman (in fox-speak) with irresponsible hippie parents, kidnapping foxes and an entire bunny community with names like Mrs. Treaclebunny and Mrs. Biliousbunny (have kids look up those root words for vocabulary building).


Five reasons to love this book:

  1. What the heck are by-products?
  2. Humans don’t use litter boxes, even when they are considered a pet.
  3. Prince Charles makes a cameo.
  4. The setting is distinctly BC (British Columbia), O Canada is mentioned and Sophie Blackall includes the Canadian flag in the last illustration.
  5. Mrs. Bunny’s wisdom, evident in such quotes as ” ‘We read a lot of books. Children’s books mostly, because they’re always much more truthful than adult books. And much more entertaining.’ “
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire! is a great read aloud choice. Compare themes with Emmaline and the Bunny or research the animals in the book and see if their character traits fit the species.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

  1. This book is so different that you have to like it! 🙂

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