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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire!

Written by Polly Horvath

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

  • 256 Pages
  • 9781554986972
  • Reading age from 9 to 12
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Rabbits
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories



Publication Date January 24, 2014

Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and selected as an OLA Best Bet for 2012

Madeline's parents have gone missing. Her only clues? A note tacked on the fridge from someone called The Enemy, a file card covered in a squiggly secret code, and dozens of red eyes staring out the blackened windows of a car she saw speeding down her driveway. And Madeline could swear the driver was a fox . . .

Luckily, Madeline encounters two bunnies who have decided to take up detective work (detectives get to wear fedoras) and are willing to come to her aid -- pro bono. And if her parents' kidnappers are foxes, who better than rabbit detectives to sniff them out?

Together, Madeline and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny confront evil foxes, a marmot named The Marmot, and the dreaded Bunny Council to solve the Case of the Missing Parents. Here is a madcap, hilarious romp that is also a touching story about family and trust. Written by Mrs. Bunny,* translated from the Rabbit by multi-award-winning author Polly Horvath, and beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! is a book that kids will both laugh over and love.

* Mrs. Bunny lives in Rabbitville in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is married to Mr. Bunny and has twelve children. This is her first book.

Selected for the OLA Best Bet 2012

Short-listed for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award 2014


Polly Horvath
Polly Horvath has written many outstanding books for children, including The Canning Season (National Book Award, CLA Young Adult Book Award); Everything on a Waffle (Newbery Honor Book, ALA Notable Book, Mr. Christie’s Book Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize); The Corps of the Bare-boned Plane (Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize); The Vacation (Child Magazine Best Book Award, Chocolate Lily Award); My One Hundred Adventures (NAPPA Gold Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, Parents’ Choice Gold Award) and Northward to the Moon (Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize Finalist, Oprah’s Reading List). She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sophie Blackall
Sophie Blackall received the Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Talent. She is the illustrator of Big Red Lollipop, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Meet Wild Boars, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon selection; Summer Is Summer; Edwin Speaks Up; and others. A native of Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Star Review

""Energetic pacing, witty prose, and snappy dialogue . . . coalesce in what is hopefully the first of many escapades for these unforgetable, bumbling would-be sleuths."" Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

". . . this is a romp." The Horn Book Magazine, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"An instant classic, with a contemporary resonance and a tone of yesteryear, fairly begging to be read aloud." Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"Sweet as a chocolate egg, this is the perfect book to share with your entire family—or better still, sneak away and devour it on your own: you won’t be disappointed." Bolen Books March Newsletter

""Horvath remains a talented author and this book has potential for future bunny detective stories."" Thoughts from Mill Street Blog

"Sophie Blackall’s illustrations are charming and really capture the spirit of this wonderful book. " a very funny book, and author Polly Horvath adds a lot of witty details.""

"Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-Detectives Extraordinaire is a hilarious mystery full of expected characters like detective bunnies, disreputable foxes, and a garlic loving marmot." Sharon the Librarian

"Mr. and Mrs. Bunny’s bickering is priceless." Library Bound Inc

"" Mr. and Mrs. Bunny is a wild romp through a country side of quirky animals, kooky parents and a loving pair of rabbit detectives. ""

"Award-winning author Polly Horvath sets up a perfectly preposterous premise and a romping pace that will keep readers hooked." James Patterson’s

""...a rollicking read-aloud chapter book mystery, fun for the whole family. And you’ll never look at a marmot in quite the same way again."" Northwest Book Lovers

"The strength of Horvath's newest book are characters and language." King County Library System

"Forget logic, the real fun here is in the detours, dead-ends and dangling clues that destroy all literary conventions." The Washington Post

"Quite amusing….[her stories] give younger readers something they can readily grasp and enjoy." The New York Times Book Review

"Hilarious, wickedly clever and completely nutty. And thoughtful and wondrous as well. Highly recommended!" Toronto Star

"Hilarious . . . begs for a sequel" New York Daily News

"The Bunny's are extremely entertaining, and adults in particular will appreciate the comical banter between them. Polly Horvath does comedy extremely well, and the satire is extremely clever. Some of the jokes might go over the heads of child readers, but there is plenty about this book that will endear it to them." Rachel's Reading Timbits

"This is a marvellous romp through a witty and sophisticated story that is irresistible." CCBN