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Marlon Bundo is the BOTUS, the Bunny of the United States. He lives a lonely life in a big, boring house until one day he meets Wesley, the most bunny-beautiful rabbit in the garden. It’s love at first sight. They decide they want to get married and hop together forever. But the Stink Bug tells them that boy bunnies can only marry girl bunnies. What can they do?
This is cute but it might work slightly better as a political satire for adults than as a straightforward picture book. Children will enjoy the lovely illustrations and the basic story as a kind of fairy tale but older readers will recognize Mike Pence, Marlon’s owner, and his political rhetoric as the Stink Bug.
Either way, the happily-ever-after, the importance of voting, and the celebration of differences both big and small are sure to please readers of all ages who believe, like Marlon, that “Stink bugs are temporary. Love is forever.”
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is #3 on the list of the top ten most challenged books in 2019. It’s been challenged and vandalized because it’s “designed to pollute the morals of its readers.” I only saw love, some satire, and friends who peacefully stand up to bullies and support each other. What’s immoral about that?
In a twist that I find particularly satisfying, 100% of the proceeds from the sales of this book are being donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
If you liked A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, you might also like my reviews of these banned/challenged children’s and middle grade books:
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
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