The Resource Operation Bunny, Sally Gardner ; illustrated by David Roberts

Operation Bunny, Sally Gardner ; illustrated by David Roberts

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Operation Bunny
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Operation Bunny
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Sally Gardner ; illustrated by David Roberts
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Operation Bunny
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the fairy detective agencys first case
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eng
Summary
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
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  • Grades 3-5 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 (Reviewed 01-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 9, p113)
  • /* Starred 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.) --Staff (Reviewed November 25, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 47, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Emily, an unloved orphan, finds a new family and occupation when she discovers her true calling. Emily Vole might only be 9, but she has lived quite a life. After being abandoned in a hatbox, she is adopted by the Dashwoods, a hedge fund manager and his social-climber wife. After the Dashwoods have triplets of their own, they force Emily into servitude. When she is rescued from her Cinderella life by her neighbor, Miss String, and a man-sized talking cat named Fidget, Emily's life changes: She discovers that she is the new Keeper of the Keys. References to fairy tales add depth to the story and make a clever backdrop to this series kickoff, in which a Circe-like witch turns people into animals and lures fairies to their doom in a magical lamp. Roberts' detailed, humorous black-and-white illustrations are a big step up from the normal chapter-book fare; the train station where Emily is discovered is dramatically drawn with crosshatched lines and a beam of light highlighting the hatbox, while later illustrations show Emily, with her wide, sad eyes, in the full squalor of her life with the Dashwoods. Now that Emily and her buddies have set up their new store and detective agency, readers looking for chapter books on the long side will look forward to more magical cases. (Fantasy. 7-12)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10298799
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gardner, Sally
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[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
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no index present
Intended audience
700L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.G179335
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
Reading level
4.8
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Roberts, David
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True
Series statement
Wings & Co.
Series volume
bk.1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Magic
  • Foundlings
  • Cats
  • Fairies
  • Witches
  • Adoption
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juvenile
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the fairy detective agency's first case
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Operation Bunny, Sally Gardner ; illustrated by David Roberts
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Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
176 pages
Isbn
9781250050533
Lccn
2013037809
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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Operation Bunny, Sally Gardner ; illustrated by David Roberts
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
176 pages
Isbn
9781250050533
Lccn
2013037809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations

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