Thanks for the tip, Lu! We enjoyed listening to this in the car, and filling in at home with the book in between.
The tongue-in-cheek tone reminded me of the Alexander McCall Smith mysteries, like the Prof. Dr. von Igelfeld books. So many laughing moments in this book--Pearl couldn't help herself and acted out several times during the week the moment when for dramatic effect in the courtoom, Mr. Bunny paused so long that "several councilbunnies went out for coffee. One had time to order a short decaf double shot no whip mocha iced frappuccino to go. Mr. Bunny paused so long that when the coffee came he had time to change his mind to a venti semi-skim soy no sugar caramel macchiato with no whip but double caramel and a reduced fat skinny poppy seed and lemon muffin, hot, no butter."
The book does not waste the fact that these are bunnies. There are foxes out to eat them, which makes for a great backbone of themes that depend on the differences between animals and humans. Mostly, it I loved the irony of the bunnies being more 'civilized' than Madeline's hippy parents, Flo and Mildred, who btw got the best lines in the book--and Polly Horvath's reading of their voices had me in stitches, while driving. I hope she comes to CCIRA next year.