“This is a book for children so, of course, she can talk to rabbits. But dead beat hippie parents who didn't care and having to work when she was in grade 5 didn't make sense when current day themes were used.
Also I hope this book is translated from Rabbit into English English as the Canadian/American version had included a swear word - for what effect I can not say. If the author is going to use a word that is not in her region's vernacular she should understand what it is she is using.”
“Thank goodness for serendipity. On the Fiction_L listserve, someone mentioned that this book would make a good choice for a book discussion group. I found that hard to believe; looked it up in my library's catalog and took it home that night to read. I was intrigued with the premise of the book, but even more intrigued with the thought of an adult book club talking about a mystery narrated by rabbits.
This is a hoot. There are several layers to Mrs. Bunny's story so adults and children will both find things to laugh about. Horvath does a great job of translating Rabbit so that all readers know about the mystery and cheer on the protagonists as they try to solve it. All the characters, humans, rabbits, foxes and even marmots are wonderful.
I am still not sure if most book groups would find enough to talk about, but I can't think of many people young or old that wouldn't find something to amuse them in this story.
I recommend this mystery to parents who are looking for an easy chapter book to read with their kids, to folks who need a good laugh and to husbands and wives who may see themselves or their spouse in this tale.
This is great fun. You shouldn't miss it.”
“This is an adorable story about a young girl getting two rabbit detectives to help her find her parents who were kidnapped by foxes. I absolutely loved this book. It is sort of a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Poo. Funny yet poignant.
But the last chapter brings it all together -- that this has really been about a child's talent for noticing and believing in an underlying reality in nature. This is not a book that everyone can enjoy, but if you do read it, you will laugh a lot and maybe shed a tear or two at the end.”
“Strange but funny story”Bluehen wrote this review Monday, December 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The translation from Bunny may be why this story sputters on so many plot points. As Madeliene engages the services of the newly minted and fedora wearing Mr. and Mrs. Bunny to help find her parents (kidnapped by foxes), there is much to like in this sweet story. The characters seem one-dimensional and the ending falls flat, but the hunt, while it lasts, is enjoyable enough for fans of gentle reads.”MrsGReads wrote this review Monday, December 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mr. & Mrs. Bunny have recently moved to a new hutch & decided they are going to become detectives. On their first case, the run into Madeline who's upset because her parents have been kidnapped by foxes. They decide they will help her find her parents & a hilarious story ensues. This is seriously one of the funniest books I've read in a very long time. Includes illustrations.”mamatufy wrote this review Sunday, December 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So funny! Madeline's hippy parents have been kidnapped from their remote Puget Sound island home and Madeline can't imagine why. It eventually comes out that the foxes who kidnapped them are using them to get to Uncle Runyon, a renowned codebreaker who is the foxes' best hope to decipher the recipes for rabbit byproducts left to them by a famous fox chef, now deceased.
Madeline elicits the help of novice detectives, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, and madcap mayhem ensues!
Really silly but at the same time witty and very clever, the books funniest moments are in the realistic bickerings of long-married couples.”
“This book is about a girl whose parents got kidnapped by foxes. She goes to her uncle's house when he falls into a coma. She starts to cry when some talking bunnies find her. I think this book is good because it is funny and a little sad at the same time. Reviewed by S.V.
A strange, strange book that I loved every minute of reading. Full of rabbit detectives, evil foxes, mysterious butlers, dense marmots, products made of dental floss, and a little girl trying to find her kidnapped parents. Not to be missed (if you like that sort of thing)! Reviewed by Ms. Skoglund”
“Very wacky humor!”Ms. Haagsma wrote this review Monday, August 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When Madeline discovers that her two hippie parents have been kidnapped, she knows it is up to her, the responsible adult in the family, to find them. She enlists the help of Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, recent self-proclaimed detectives. Madeline finds them to be empathic and kind, but sometimes rather fuzzy-brained and lacking any sense of urgency. Look for charming characters: fedora-wearing, Smartcar driving bunnies; garlic-toast-eating marmots; and evil, enterprising foxes. 248 pages.”Laurel McCaig wrote this review Friday, June 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No