Title: Magic, Mayhem and Life Underground with Bunkie
Author: Shelley Brown
Genre: Second - Middle Grade/Adventure
Length: 4 pages
Release Date: August 1, 2015
Set in a bustling meadow in the Colorado highlands, Magic, Mayhem and Life Underground with Bunkie is a light-hearted story about a rabbit who might have hopped right out of Mayberry and onto the black-and-white, boldly-illustrated page. But the adventures of this warm-fuzzy bunny won’t lull you to sleep. Life in the meadow for Bunkie Bernstein is no picnic – at least not until he gains access to the tasty vegetable patch on the Murdock Farm – a feat that requires the help of a scurrilous snake and shape-shifting flower. When a fire in the forest forces Bunkie to move, he befriends a pika that he just can’t quite trust. Whoever heard of a rabbit that can’t jump, anyway?
Things start to look up when Bunkie meets, Beatrice. This beautiful, cotton-white female rabbit is like a dream. However, Bunkie quickly learns that Beatrice is the one dreaming when he discovers that this beautiful bunny thinks she is human! Their eventful year comes to a close just as winter sets in, but not before encountering a ghost in the burrow – a perfect mystery on one fall hallowed eve.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author and illustrator Shelley Brown, M.A., spent much of the last two decades as a business writer and graphic artist. An avid lover of the outdoors, whenever she wasn’t working, Shelley could be found backpacking, rock climbing and biking in
National Parks across the U.S.
In 2012, however, Shelley contracted a tick-borne illness that prompted her to leave the high-intensity environment of the corporate landscape to try her hand at writing and illustrating children’s book. Her experience was the inspiration behind her first book, Peter, Pancho and the Pesky Tick, followed by Magic, Mayhem and Life Underground with Bunkie. Never losing her affinity for the outdoors, today, Shelley expresses her appreciation mostly through her writings and illustrations.
SUSAN BARTON'S REVIEW:
You can’t go wrong when you name a children’s book Magic, Mayhem and Life Underground with Bukie and author Shelley Brown doesn’t disappoint with this one. Bunkie is a lazy little rabbit who enjoys whiling away the days napping. Summer is particularly dry one year and Bunkie finds himself having to venture outside in search of food. He spies plenty of vegetables across the road, at the Murdock Farm. He meets a sneaky snake who promises to help him gain access to the farm, where he can eat as much produce as he likes. The snake shows Bunkie how magic flowers will help him achieve this. But, sneaky snakes are not to be trusted and Bunkie learns this the hard way. After dealing with the sneaky snake, Bunkie gets himself into several new adventures.
Magic, Mayhem and Life Underground with Bunkie is a chapter book. It’s suitable to be read to young children over time – circle time, bedtime, etc. Older children should enjoy reading this book aloud or to themselves. It’s also educational and informative for little ones. I found it imaginative and am sure it will hold the attention of children of all ages.
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton