Operation Bunny: Book One (Wings and Co) – Middle Grade Review

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Author: Sally Gardner

Illustrator: David Roberts

Age Range: 7 – 10 years

Grade Level: 2 – 5

Series: Wings & Co. (Book 1)

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 11, 2014)

Genre: Fantasy/mystery

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Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars!

About the Book:

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.

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About the Author:

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

About the Illustrator:

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.

My Thoughts on Operation Bunny:

Adorableness oozes out of this book in great gooey globs. It is a
delightful book for young readers. If your kids are too young for Harry
Potter, then try this series. It has a lot of the same themes without
being so dark.  It’s perfect for just starting to read middle grade fiction.

Emily Vole gets adopted by some horrendous people who make her a family
slave until their neighbor dies and leaves Emily a large inheritance.
Emily decides to run away and try to defeat the witch Harpella before
she murders any more fairies. That last bit sounds morbid, but I promise
you that this book is not disturbing in the least. It is a light, fun
fantasy mystery that kids will love. It has a wicked witch, a giant
talking cat, and a couple of fairies to keep things interesting. And
bunnies. Lots of bunnies.

The illustrations are fantastic. I love David Roberts’ style. There are
several black and white illustrations peppered throughout the book to
give kids a visual.

I can’t wait to read the next one. Highly recommended for kids ages 7 and up.

Content: Clean

The Cover: How could anyone not love this cover?  It screams “AWESOME BOOK INSIDE!” 

5 STARS

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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