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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon… (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Jill Twiss (Author), EG (Gerald Kelley) Keller (Illustrator)

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Title:Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
Authors:Jill Twiss (Author)
Other authors:EG (Gerald Kelley) Keller (Illustrator)
Info:Chronicle Books (2018), 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Picture Book, E-Book, QUILTBAG, John Oliver

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A Day In the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss (2018)

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Loved it! ( )
  kelli413 | Apr 30, 2018 |
https://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2018/04/27/7-books-teach-inclusion-children/

Gift from Uncle Greg

What may have started as a joke - and does function on a grown-up, political level - also works very well as a picture book about two rabbits. Narrated in the first person by Marlon Bundo (a.k.a. BOTUS), it's the story of his Very Special Day, during which he meets Wesley in the garden and they decide they don't want to hop without each other ever again. They want to get married, but the Stink Bug (Mike Pence) says boy bunnies can only marry girl bunnies. "But this is the bunny I love" makes no difference to him. But who put the Stink Bug in charge? All of the other animals in the garden come forward to say how they are different, and in the end the two boy bunnies get their wedding when the Stink Bug is voted Not in Charge. ( )
1 vote JennyArch | Apr 30, 2018 |
Not since the 1958 publication of Garth Williams' The Rabbit Wedding, which depicted a white and black bunny falling in love and getting married, something which prompted outcry from anti-integration activists in the American South, has bunny love been so political! In this sweet story, Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Vice President grandpa in the Naval Observatory, meets another male bunny named Wesley, and the two fall instantly and irrevocably in love. After an afternoon of hopping along together, the two leporine sweethearts announce their intention to wed, something greeted with joy by their friends, and condemnation by the obnoxious Stink Bug. Unfortunately, the Stink Bug is in charge. Or is he...?

As a children's book, judged in its own right, A Day In the Life of Marlon Bundo is a success. It pairs a lovely, heartwarming tale about the nature of love and romance, and the importance of both tolerance and civic engagement, with appealing artwork. It functions very well, both as a story and as a springboard for discussion of same-sex marriage and of becoming politically involved, when government forces advance policies and ideas in opposition to one's own ideals. Illustrator EG Keller captures the charm of Marlon and Wesley's courtship quite well, creating adorable bunny visuals. Overall, my response to the book, as a book, was positive. As a political act, which it also very much is, the book evoked a less enthusiastic response in me.

A Day In the Life of Marlon Bundo is the brain-child of British comedian John Oliver, and is meant (by his own admission) to take aim at American Vice President Mike Pence, who is decried (rightly, in my opinion) for his stance on LGBT issues. Unfortunately, the vehicle chosen for this act of political satire/critique is not any work or action of Pence's own, but rather, the bunny picture-book authored by Pence's daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen, Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President. Essentially, it is an attack on one person, a public political figure, by means of his family, who are (unlike some of the Trump children) not directly involved in his political career. Surely I can't be the only progressive who finds this tasteless at best, and cowardly and unethical at worst?

Proceeds for this title go to two worthy charities, and its target is (again, rightly) criticized for his politics, so I imagine many will dismiss these concerns as irrelevant. For me, however, ethics aren't a sliding scale, depending upon the identity of the participants in any given drama. I gave this one star as a political act, and four as a picture-book, compromising on three overall. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 13, 2018 |
Created by the Last Week Tonight team in response to a different book about Mike Pence’s pet rabbit, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is a cute children’s story about spending the rest of your life with somebunny special … regardless of gender. In addition to being a big middle finger to Mike Pence, proceeds from the book also support the Trevor Project and AIDS United. So, you know, win-win.

ORIGINALLY POSTED: https://bibliomantics.com/2018/04/08/my-year-in-reading-cassie-las-march-2018-wrap-up/ ( )
1 vote yrchmonger | Apr 9, 2018 |
Marlon Bundo is a black-and-white rabbit with a bow tie who lives at the Naval Observatory. One day he meets Wesley, a big, fluffy, brown rabbit and they want to spend the rest of their lives together hopping in happiness but the Stinkbug insists that boy bunnies can only marry girl bunnies! This is a spoof of Charlotte Pence's children's book about the vice president's family pet, Mar(U>lin Bundo but is a charming children's story in its own right. No violence or schadenfreude, just a message of love. And voting. Proceeds benefit the Trevor Project and AIDS United. Links to purchase can be found at betterbundobook.com ( )
2 vote Tanya-dogearedcopy | Mar 21, 2018 |
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