Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review - A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
by Marlon Bundo & Jill Twiss
illustrated by EG Keller
Date: 2018
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

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HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.

Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever...

With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children's book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This picture book is wonderful. I wasn't sure what to expect from a book supposedly written by Mike Pence's pet rabbit, but Marlon Bundo is a sweet bunny with a big heart.

The story is a simple message of love and tolerance. The characters--from Marlon Bundo and his diverse set of friends to the obnoxious Stink Bug--are great. The illustrations are cute. There are some laugh-out-loud moments that kids and adults alike will probably enjoy. And I loved the last lines; they're a reminder not to give up hope.

Highly recommended!

Quotable moment:

I live with Mom, Grandma, and Grampa in an old, stuffy house on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. That's because my Grampa is the Vice President. His name is Mike Pence.

But this story isn't going to be about him, because he isn't very fun. This story is about me, because I'm very, very fun.

Premise: 5/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.5 out of 5

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