Mr. and Mrs. Bunny (twp scan)

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! by Mrs. Bunny and translated from the Rabbit” by Polly Horvath. Ages 8-12. $16.99

What would happen if you lived on a small island with your slightly bizarre parents and you came home one day to discover that they had been kidnapped? And a weird note left on the refrigerator hinted that you could be next?

Well, if you’re Madeleine, a very bright, very motivated fifth-grader who has just won your school’s top awards for writing, reading and music, you hire detectives. And you wouldn’t be the least bit concerned if the detectives were two bunnies and this was their first case.

Together, these fedora-wearing bunnies and this intelligent girl have to face down evil, foxy kidnappers and charm a code-breaking marmot to make sure that Madeleine and her parents are happily reunited.

Readers are likely to find the situations — such as how Madeleine has to squeeze into Mr. and Mrs. Bunny’s house — funny and imaginative.

— Tracy Grant