Cover image for Operation Bunny
Title:
Operation Bunny
Author:
Gardner, Sally.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Summary:
"When Emily Vole inherits an abandoned shop, it is up to her to battle a fairy-snatching witch and get to the bottom of Operation Bunny"--Page 4 of cover.
General Note:
Originally published: Great Britain : Orion Children's Books, 2012.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 3.0 164279.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 7 Quiz: 62823.
ISBN:
9780805098921

9781250050533
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

When Emily Vole inherits an abandoned shop, she discovers a magical world she never knew existed. And a fairy-hating witch, a mischievous set of golden keys, and a train full of brightly colored bunnies are just a few of the surprises that come with it.

With the help of a talking cat called Fidget and a grumpy fairy detective called Buster, it is up to Emily to save the fairies and get to the bottom of Operation Bunny.


Author Notes

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and she has sold over 2 million copies in the UK. Called an "idiosyncratic genius" by The Sunday Times , Sally is the author of the acclaimed Magical Children series as well as many novels for teens, including The Double Shadow , Maggot Moon , and I, Coriander .

David Roberts is a bestselling British artist who has illustrated many beautiful books for children. He holds a degree in fashion design from Manchester Metropolitan University, and worked various jobs before becoming a children's book illustrator.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The Dashwoods think they're getting a cutie-pie baby when they adopt Emily Vole, an infant found abandoned in a ticking box in the airport, but once they have three doe-eyed cutiekins of their own, poor Emily becomes their housekeeper, living in the laundry room and sleeping on an ironing board. Luckily, the old bat next door, Miss String, takes Emily under her wing, and the girl learns about history, math, German, and . . . magic. Soon Emily and Fidget, Miss String's human-sized talking cat, embark on an adventure and undertake to solve the sudden transformation of a bevy of train passengers into fluffy pink bunnies. Discovering fairies, witches, and a secret magical shop along the way, Emily becomes an ace detective specializing in magical crimes. Roberts' stylized cartoony illustrations mostly of cute bunnies scatter over almost every page, adding a delightful touch to the madcap caper. Emily is a no-nonsense, brave girl detective, and young readers looking for silly magical adventures will find much to love. Want more? You're in luck: this is the first title in the Wings & Co. series.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Gardner and Roberts are a wickedly fun pairing in this first book in the Wings & Co. series, originally published in the U.K. in 2012. Emily Vole, now age nine, was adopted as a baby by Daisy and Ronald Dashwood; their decision was motivated more by greed than altruism, and after Daisy becomes pregnant with triplets, the Dashwoods demote Emily to servant status. Luckily, kindly neighbor Miss String and her large talking cat, Fidget, are there to educate Emily and introduce her to an exciting and dangerous world of magic. As a witch named Harpella closes in, turning the citizenry into rabbits, Emily embraces newfound abilities and gains unlikely allies. Watching Emily grow from Cinderella-style servant to determined detective-in-training is delightful, and Fidget is always good for a one-liner (of a train conductor-turned-rabbit: "And most probably he has a wife and two carrots at home"). Roberts easily keeps pace with Gardner's arch humor-with troll-like hair, beak nose, skeletal hands, and stiletto heels, Harpella indeed looks, as Emily observes, "as though she had escaped from a horror film." Ages 7-10. Author's agent: Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Emily Vole, abandoned by her birth parents, is taken in by a horrid pair of yuppies who aren't able to have children. Or so they think, until triplets come along. Once the shallow Dashwoods have children of their own, they treat Emily like a servant. She finds refuge by visiting Miss String, an eccentric neighbor who has more than a few secrets up her sleeve, including a bipedal talking cat. Fidget's existence is Emily's first hint that magic is real. Sure enough, she discovers that she, too, has special powers-a revelation that kicks off a whirlwind journey through the strife-ridden underbelly of London. Emily and her cohorts must keep certain objects out of the hands of the villainous witch Harpella, who wants to use them to steal souls and obliterate fairies. Though this book purports to be the first case of the Wings and Co. Detective agency, it's not really a mystery. Readers know who the villain is all along. The adventure is in seeing how Emily defeats her. But following Emily's journey is somewhat of a challenge. Children will have to read the novel closely in order to pick up on characters' motivations and to keep track of past events that caused the current state of affairs. Even so, it should appeal to readers who enjoy whimsy without a lot of stressful conflict. Highlights are the charming Briticisms as well as the merry, slightly off-kilter black-and-white illustrations-especially the depiction of Harpella, who resembles a pointier, more deranged version of Lady Gaga.-Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Chapter One D aisy Dashwood and Ronald Dashwood had everything a young couple could dream of: a house in the suburbs, with box hedges shaped like squirrels, two cars in the drive with customized license plates--HER1 and HIS2--a tennis court, a small swimming pool, a gym. They even owned a villa near Malaga in Spain. But the one thing they didn't have, the one thing neither money nor nature had been able to give them, was a baby. Their next-door neighbor, Miss String, had suggested kindly that perhaps Daisy should make a wish. "A wish," said Daisy Dashwood. "The cheek of the nosy old bat. As if you get anything by wishing." "Quite right, Smoochikins," replied her husband. "Best to believe in facts and figures, not in airy-fairy wishes and daft stuff like that." Ronald knew about such things. He had made his money as a hedge fund manager--whatever a hedge fund manager was. Daisy couldn't agree more. She trusted in her credit cards: silver, gold, and platinum. Miss String's house was a real eyesore. At least, that's what Daisy called it. It had crooked turrets and large windows and a charm that the Dashwoods' house would never possess in a thousand years. Miss String's ancestors had once owned all the surrounding countryside. Bit by bit, the huge estate had been nibbled away by debt until finally Miss String had been forced to sell the remaining land, leaving her with only the house and garden. Now Miss String's house sat in the middle of three bossy buildings, every one of her wealthy neighbors wanting a slice more of her large garden for themselves. It was Ronald Dashwood who had made what he considered to be a wildly generous offer for nearly all of the garden. This would have left Miss String a small patio at the back and a footpath at the front so that she could get into her house. "The cheek of the old bat," said Daisy Dashwood when Ronald's offer was turned down. "What does she need so much garden for? And the vegetable plot? Oh, my days, hasn't the woman heard of home deliveries? The next thing she'll be telling us is that she doesn't own a computer, or even a TV." On both counts Daisy Dashwood was correct. The modern world had somehow passed by Miss String and Fidget, her cat. The closest it had ever come to knocking on her front door was the dreadful collection of "executive" homes that had sprung up around her. Whatever "executive" meant. One summer morning, the Dashwoods were eating breakfast when Daisy spotted a headline in the newspaper. BABY THOUGHT TO BE A BOMB. "Listen to this, Ronald." "What, Smoochikins?" "It says, Yesterday, Stansted Airport was closed from ten o'clock in the morning until four in the afternoon, causing "--Daisy paused-- "pan-de-mon-ium. A hatbox believed to contain an explosive device had been left in the main concourse of the terminal. Andrew Vole, 46, head of the bomb disposal team, said ticking could be heard coming from inside. "'It was a very good thing,' he added, 'that the baby started crying before we did our controlled explosion.' " When the lid was removed, a baby girl, less than three months old, was found lying in blue tissue paper. Beside her was a trick clock with a cuckoo that squirted water. " The police are now searching for the owner of the hatbox, whom they suspect to be the mother of the infant. They said they had nothing to go on other than the name printed on the hatbox, Emily's Millinery. " For the time being, the baby is being cared for at Cherryfield Orphanage. A nurse has named her Emily after the hatbox and Vole after the bomb disposal officer. " Daisy paused, then said, "Ronald," in a voice that sounded like a cross between a whine and a peacock scream. It was the special voice she used when she wanted something expensive or difficult to get. "I am all ears," said Ronald, and he was. He had a shocking pair of sticking-out red ears. In fact, they were the first thing you noticed about him. "What I wish--" said Daisy. "What I know," interrupted Ronald, "is that you never wish, Smoochikins." "Well, I'm going to make an exception, just this once." "All right," said Ronald. "What is it you wish for?" "I wish that baby was mine." Ronald smiled lovingly at his credit-card-munching wife and said, "Whatever little Smoochikins wants, she shall have." And in less time than it took to grow mint, the Dashwoods had adopted Emily Vole. As Fidget the cat said to Miss String on hearing the news, a wish can be a dangerous thing. "I agree," sighed Miss String as they sat in their enchanting garden one afternoon while the kettle was busy making the tea. "Perhaps I shouldn't have said anything." "Always best," agreed Fidget. "Humans, in my considered opinion, don't think things through, especially when it comes to wishes." Which was quite right. Daisy Dashwood never thought at all if she could help it. She had just made a wish. Why, isn't that what everyone does? Make a wish--it's easy-peasy. Text copyright © 2012 by Sally Gardner Illustrations copyright © 2012 by David Roberts Excerpted from Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.