Operation Bunny

Operation Bunny

Book - 2014
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At the age of nine, Emily Vole, a foundling raised to be housemaid and nanny for a wealthy couple, inherits a shop and discovers a magical world where, with the help of Fidget the talking cat, she must try to save fairies being targeted by a terrible witch.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2014, c2012.
ISBN: 9781250050533
Branch Call Number: J FIC Gardn
Characteristics: 176 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Roberts, David 1970-


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ChristchurchLib Oct 26, 2015

"Why is the witch Harpella turning people into candy-coloured bunnies? That's just one of the thorny questions faced by 9-year-old Emily Vole. Forced to act as a servant to her awful adoptive parents, Emily is happiest when she's with her eccentric neighbour Miss String, learning about the hidden world magic. Magic, however, comes with challenges, and soon Emily, along with talking, human-sized cat Fidget and fairy detective Buster, is tasked with taking down Harpella and protecting a frisky set of magical keys. Operation Bunny kicks off the whimsical Wings & Co. series, which will satisfy fans of Holly Webb's Rose books or Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm mysteries." Kids' Books October 2015 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/172ea89c-00eb-40ac-b36b-ddca365c2875?postId=424c227b-0176-48f7-b225-9208a2b45138

Jul 20, 2015

Good book for kids who like fantasy stories and bunnies.

-Ry, age 9

JCLChrisK Sep 02, 2014

Fun! A tragically mistreated, smart, strong protagonist, just enough silly to keep things light, some wry commentary on the adult world that kids will appreciate, and a pace that is quick yet never makes things too sketchy. With witches, fairies, detectives, evil adoptive-parents, strange, old shops, and more.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Like Cinderella with a magical twist, this tale follows Emily Vole, an orphan who discovers a knack for magical detective work thanks to a witchy next door neighbor and her man-sized housecat.
- Betsy Bird

Ms_Gaye Apr 06, 2014

Storytelling with a definite British slant. Little orphan Emily is adopted by a wicked stepmother but the kindly fairy grandmother living next door with her talking cat, Fidget, rescues Emily from her days of toil. When Emily touches a set of keys stored long ago in the attic, she unlocks a magical power within herself and the real action begins. Emily & Fidget join forces with the famous fairy detective Buster Ignacius Spicer to defeat the diabolical witch Harpella. Zombie triplets and 59 passengers turned into a colony of rabbits add to the mayhem. Roberts' delightful illustrations and a satisfying ending make it an enjoyable read for ages 8-11. This is the first Wings & Co. fairy detective case published in America.

Dec 04, 2012

A great, fun and laugh-out-loud read for younger readers. Lots of action and great language from Fidget! Emily Vole is a great character who will inspire our younger readers. Plenty of baddies to boo at too!

zackids Nov 20, 2012

Operation Bunny is a magical story, filled with a cast of wonderful characters, plenty of mystery, and a sprinkling of humour. It’s the sort of book that you sit down to read a few chapters and end up gobbling up the whole book because you’re enchanted by Sally Gardner's storytelling and David Roberts' hilarious illustrations.

I fell in love with the characters straight away and I wanted to be friends with Miss String and Fidget the talking cat. Emily is a Cinderella-type character because she gets locked away and made to do all the housework for her horrible adopted parents. Not only are they horrible, they’re also quite stupid. Emily’s adopted mother lets a strange lady into their house who turns her triplets into zombies, and Emily’s adopted father is a slimy wee man who’s hiding a secret and always calls his wife ‘Smoochikins.’ However, Emily is much smarter and braver than these horrible people give her credit for, and with the help of her rather unusual neighbours she escapes and starts her new life as a detective. Fidget is my favourite character because he is always happy to help and he has the best lines (which usually involve fish of some sort), like ‘Search my sardine tin, I don’t know,’ and ‘Twiddle my whiskers and call me tuna.’ I love the way that Fidget calls Emily ‘my little ducks’ too. Even though she doesn’t have parents that love her, she has a giant talking cat that is looking out for her always. There are lots of other interesting characters in the story, including a mischievous bunch of keys, zombie babies, a fairy policeman, a shop with legs, a magic lamp that talks, and lots and lots of bunnies.

David Roberts illustrations are wonderful as always and help set the tone of the story. They’re both hilarious and a little dark, and they bring Sally’s characters alive. I especially like the personalities that David has given each of the rabbits and the suave, charming look that he’s given Fidget.

I’m so pleased that we have more adventures with Emily, Fidget and the Fairy Detective Agency, Wings & Co. to look forward to. I can’t wait to read the next book, The Three Pickled Herrings.

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Jul 20, 2015

Kperreira08 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

zackids Nov 20, 2012

zackids thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over


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zackids Nov 20, 2012

Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport. Then, only a few years later, her neighbour Mrs String dies leaving Emily a mysterious inheritance: an old shop, a small bunch of golden keys and a cat called Fidget. It’s the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime as the old Fairy Detective Agency comes back to life. It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery and do battle with their great fairy-snatching enemy, Harpella.


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