Hello, friends! Our book today is A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo, written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller, a delightful story about two bunnies and a Very Special Day.
Marlon Bundo begins by introducing himself to the audience: he is a bunny who lives in a big, fancy house with his family. Marlon’s Very Special Day starts like any normal day, but as he is hopping outside, he suddenly sees the most beautiful bunny, with the fluffiest tail and the floppiest ears, named Wesley. Wesley and Marlon quickly become friends and spend the day hopping together, and as the sun sets, Marlon and Wesley realize that they don’t ever want to hop without the other again. They decide to marry, and happily announce this to their animal friends – only to have The Stinkbug (a bug who has declared himself in charge by virtue of his stinkiness) rudely decree that “Boy Bunnies Can’t Marry Boy Bunnies!” Marlon, Wesley, and their friends question this, debating The Stinkbug’s various arbitrary reasons. Realizing that they outnumber the Stinkbug, they quickly take a vote to oust him from power, and Marlon and Wesley happily marry with all their friends attending. After all, “Stinkbugs are only temporary. Love is forever.”
Viewers of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver might be familiar with this book and its backstory, but for this review, I want to look at Marlon Bundo solely as a children’s book. And honestly? We loved it. The text is fun and filled with endearing storybook language, the characters are charming, the art is positively adorable, and the message of the story is phenomenal. I loved that it not only promotes tolerance for and inclusion of others, but introduces the idea of voting as a means to affect change. The length was fine, JJ loved the bunnies, and it even supports good causes: proceeds go to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. Overall, definitely Baby Bookworm approved!