Young Madeleine wants nothing more than to save money for college, but her impractical, ex-hippie parents are broke. However, Madeleine's family unexpectedly inherits a sweet shop in England that they mistakenly believe can earn a big profit. So they leave their Canadian home to head for England. At the same time, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are looking for new professions and Mrs. Bunny decides she would like to be Queen. Soon, they too are headed across the pond. What follows is a spiraling plot that flows back and forth from the human to the bunny world.
This is the second installment of a new series starting Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, a kinder version of the Bickersons who are most comfortable when arguing with one another. Supporting characters are very humorous, especially Flo and Mildred, Madeleine's existential parents. There's also a fun cameo appearance late in the story by "Oldwhatshername," which is a cover name for J.K. Rowling.
While the human and bunny story lines connect on the trip to England but the narrative continues to switch focus throughout the book which can be a bit confusing for children on the younger end of the publisher's 8-12 recommended age range.
Continuing to reading aloud is important as kids begin to read independently. With its humor, variety of characters and taste of English vocabulary, LORD AND LADY BUNNY is a great read aloud that provides ample opportunity for kids to practice their timing and tone.
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