Book: Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!
Author: Polly Horvath
Source: Review copy from publisher, via NetGalley
Sensible Madeleine has always been the one to take care of her scatterbrained parents. So when she gets home from school one day to discover that they've been kidnapped by foxes, she knows she has to rescue them. It's what she does. But she's going to need the help of two bunny detectives, and they're going to need the help of a garlic-bread-loving marmot, a hat club, a free-loading neighbor, and purple sparkly disco platform shoes. Those last items, by the way, are needed for driving the car.
I've read other books by Polly Horvath, but either I read an unrepresentative sample or this is a departure from her norm, because I was totally taken aback by the sheer zaniness of this book. From Madeleine's adorably feckless hippie parents to Mr and Mrs. Bunny's bickering interplay to the mustache-twirling villains to the screwball details (the hat club gets a donation of rubber and immediately decides to use it to line bonnets for the parade in honor of Prince Charles. As you do), I was delighted with every page.
Quirky, fast-paced, and deliciously off-the-wall, you'll want to keep this one on hand for your mid-elementary-grade readers. Just beware of reading while drinking.