Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" by Marlon Bundo (John Oliver), Jill Twiss and E.G Keller (Chronicle Books) @ChronicleKids

Here's a fantastic new book co-written with a man whose razor-sharp wit proves very unpopular with the current Vice President of the United States... we're automatically going to love "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" penned by "Marlon Bundo" (AKA John Oliver from Television's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver", Jill Twiss and E.G Keller.

The book came about mostly because of Mike Pence's reaction to same-sex marriage, and a particularly hilarious excerpt from John's TV prog. We'd love to imagine Mr Pence shaking with rage at his depiction in this story, but somehow we feel that he's so completely detached from the real world the rest of us live in, we doubt he even knows such things as picture books for children exist...

ANYWAY this isn't a political blog, let's get on with the review!

Marlon Bundo is a happy bunny, but sometimes things make Marlon very unhappy indeed...

Marlon lives at the Naval Observatory with his Grampa, the Vice President of the United States.

Marlon’s life is set to change forever on a very special day when he meets the bunny of his dreams: Wesley. They play and gambol together and soon realise that they can't do without each other.

When the two decide to get married, they are told by the Stink Bug that, “Boy bunnies can’t marry boy bunnies! Boy Bunnies must marry Girl Bunnies and Girl Bunnies must marry Boy Bunnies!”

Marlon and Wesley’s group of animal friends rally around them and decide to exercise their democratic rights by voting out the Stink Bug.

Hmm, that bug looks familiar...
Before long, Wesley and Marlon are happily wed surrounded by their animal friends, reminding us that, “Stink Bugs are temporary but true love is forever.

Handsome grooms eh? Look how happy they look! 

A truly fantastic book with two strong and powerful messages wrapped tightly around each other. "Last Week Tonight's" proceeds will be going to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading US National organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. They seek to fulfill their mission through strategic grantmaking, capacity building, policy/advocacy, technical assistance, and formative research.

C's best bit: The wedding scene.

Daddy's best bit: Strong messages subtly delivered with humour and aplomb, with some seriously charming illustrations. Clever stuff!

"A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" by John Oliver, Jill Twiss and E.G Keller is out now, published by Chronicle Books (kindly supplied for review).