A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss, was published in 2018. It is illustrated by EG Keller.
The first line of dialog is: “Hello. My name is Marlon Bundo, and I am a bunny.”
Marlon Bundo, the book’s narrator, lives in a stuffy old house, with Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa. Grandpa’s name is Mike Pence, and he is the Vice President.
The book isn’t about Grandpa, Marlon Bundo tells us. It’s about Marlon Bundo and his very special day.
Marlon Bundo does everything alone. He eats, sleeps, and watches the news alone. He has friends, but he is also lonely.
On that very special morning, Marlon meets a handsome bunny named Wesley.
Marlon and Wesley hit it off immediately, and spend the day hopping everywhere together.
Marlon and Wesley have so much fun hopping together that they don’t ever want to hop alone anymore. They decide to get married. Their friends are thrilled.
But then The Stink Bug arrives and announces, in a scary voice, that Marlon and Wesley can’t get married. The Stink Bug is In Charge, but none of the other animals can work out why he’s In Charge.
The Stink Bug explains that boy bunnies marry girl bunnies. That’s how it’s always been. Marlon and Wesley are different, explains The Stink Bug, and different is bad.
The animals need to do something to help their friends Marlon and Wesley get married.
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is a delight. It’s funny. It’s well written. It’s wonderfully illustrated. It’s a children’s book and it’s a satire.
I enjoyed it a lot.
Why I chose this book:
For the third consecutive time in the 2018 Reading Challenge, a book found me, and I had to find a category for it.
Phillip sent me a message on May 1st, and told me he had a late Easter present for me. That present turned out to be A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
I wanted to use it for the Reading Challenge. Phillip wanted me to use it for the Reading Challenge. I didn’t see how I could. We worked on the problem together.
The “book with a LBGTQ+ protagonist” had been taken by Kevin Keller. The “book with an animal in the title” is being taken by a book I’m currently reading. (As a last resort, I could break my self-imposed rule and stop reading the book underway. But I didn’t want to.)
Marlon Bundo would have been perfect for the “book I borrowed or that was given to me as a gift”. (Darn you, Ice Station Zebra!)
We read through the unused categories together. Phillip decided it was absolutely perfect as a “book about a problem facing society today”, and I agreed.