Friday, 3 June 2011

Stunt Bunny: Tour Troubles

Stunt Bunny: Tour Troubles by Tamsyn Murray, illustrated by Lee Wildish (Simon and Schuster)
PB RRP $12.99
ISBN 978-184738728-8
Reviewed by Peta Biggin

Harriet Houdini: Stunt Bunny loves being the star of the “Superpets” TV show.  When she is invited to go on tour with her owner Susie, she can hardly wait.  Staying in posh hotels, meeting adoring fans and performing her famous bunny-backflips in front of live audiences is what Harriet was born to do.  But evil Miranda wants her opera-singing poodle, Doodle, to be the star of the show – whatever it takes.  She will even go so far as to hire The Great Muldini to try and kidnap Harriet for his magic act.  Harriet is going to need all her Stunt Bunny ticks to make sure she remains in the spotlight.

Stunt Bunny: Tour Trouble is the second book featuring Harriet Houdini, the Stunt Bunny.  The story carries on immediately from the first book, Stunt Bunny: Showbiz Sensation, however it can be read in isolation as well.  

This is a fast-paced and funny book told from the perspective of Harriet the bunny with her sometimes slanted view of the world.   She is a lovely character: feisty, fun and constantly thwarting the fumbling, ill-natured adults around her.

With large font and wonderful black and white illustrations by Lee Wildish throughout, the book would be suitable for younger readers aged approximately 6 – 8 years.

Overall, I found Stunt Bunny: Tour Trouble a really enjoyable book and I’m sure it will satisfy any Harriet Houdini fans.

Tamsyn Murray lives in London with her husband, daughter and several pets.   When she isn’t at work or writing, Tamsyn enjoys messing about on stage.  Shows she has starred in include Hello Dolly!, Kiss Me Kate and Anything Goes.  She has also written the teen novels My So Called Afterlife and My So Called Haunting.

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