Adventures of the Super Bunny Club

Children - Animals
129 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Adventures of the Super Bunny Club is an animal adventure novel for children, grades k-3, written by Dale Perry and illustrated by Peter Wilks. Blue, a gray lop-eared bunny, got right to work creating his PictoBun account on the night he came home with his new hoomin (which is how bunnies refer to humans) parents. He was feeling nervous and scared, and being a smart and social bunny, he realized that making a new friend or two would help him feel better. Being a young bunny, he also wanted to see what other bunnies chose as their career paths. Blue was gravitating towards being a race car driver. He was, after all, an extraordinarily speedy bunny.

Dale Perry’s Adventures of the Super Bunny Club is a fast-paced and fun look at the secret world of bunnies and what they do when their hoomins are not awake or around. It’s also a marvelous introduction to rabbits and rabbit care that had me stopping and checking out the different types of bunnies each time a new breed was introduced. I quickly became knowledgeable about lop-ears, English lop-ears, lion manes and a number of other different bunny breeds. And while they may look very different and may be more or less docile or agreeable about being held, they are all bunnies, as Blue and his fellow Super Bunny Club members discover.

As kids read about the club’s bunny antics, they also learn about the Super Bunny Club rules, which in my opinion are important for hoomins and bunnies alike. This well-written and engaging book is written by a bunny’s hoomin, Blue’s hoomin, to be precise, and each of the bunnies in the Super Bunny Club is patterned after Blue’s real-life friends -- how much more authentic can you get? Perry’s plot is fun, and the characters are amazing. Peter Wilks’ illustrations work so well with the story and showcase the bunnies and bunny behavior most eloquently. Adventures of the Super Bunny Club is most highly recommended.

Donna Gielow McFarland

Adventures of the Super Bunny Club by Dale Perry is a very, very silly book about a bunny named Blue. Blue is a charter member of the Super Bunny Club, a global network of spy bunnies, and he wants to be a racecar driver. The club members, Agent Rupert, Dino, Smurphy and Blue, are identical gray lop-eared bunnies and they fix problems and solve crimes to make the world a better place for their fellow bunnies. They do this by teleporting out of their cages while their hoomins (humans) sleep, and by making use of a great deal of modern technology. Along the way, they eat, of course, and they also invent rules for themselves. Rules such as #3: Always be ready to help others, even if you don’t understand why they are upset. In addition to all the silliness, Perry also incorporates some real information about bunny behavior.

Adventures of the Super Bunny Club seems to me to be the sort of story an adult would make up to entertain a child, making the child’s pet the star. I think the best audiences for Perry’s book are children who are at an age where they find stories about their pets and toys highly entertaining. However, Adventures of the Super Bunny Club falls into the chapter book genre and is likely to be at a higher reading level than that audience can handle. Therefore, I recommend the book as a read-aloud.

The adventures each take a couple of chapters, so the book is easily broken up into sections. Peter Wilks’s illustrations are scattered throughout the book and they are simple, appealing line drawings. Wilks’s artwork adds a lot to the story. The obvious morals in Adventures of the Super Bunny Club are codified into the bunny set of rules. Because the bunnies are applying the rules to themselves, the teaching comes across light-handed. Overall, I recommend Adventures of the Super Bunny Club for ages preschool through second grade.