A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever...With its message of tolerance and adv...

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Title:A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
Author:Jill Twiss
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Edition Language:English

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo Reviews

  • Caryn

    As the mother of a gay son who remembers the discrimination he suffered in his youth, I am happy this charming book is available now. If, through my purchase, I am also contributing support for gay rights while competing with the sales of that other book, I am even happier. Love is something to celebrate, not demonize.

  • Darwin8u

    If you are going to read (or listen to in the bath) just one book about gay bunnies at the Naval Observatory, read this one. When I finish crying in my bath, I might tell you why.

    *****

    So here are a couple reasons why, now dry, as promised:

    1. Love is love.

    2. Friendship protects us.

    3. There are bad dudes in power.

    4. We can vote them out of power.

    5. It is fun to hijack, ironically, the Pence's rabbit for a worthwhile LGBTQ cause.

    6. I just found out that the author (Jill Twiss not Marlon Bundo) know

    If you are going to read (or listen to in the bath) just one book about gay bunnies at the Naval Observatory, read this one. When I finish crying in my bath, I might tell you why.

    *****

    So here are a couple reasons why, now dry, as promised:

    1. Love is love.

    2. Friendship protects us.

    3. There are bad dudes in power.

    4. We can vote them out of power.

    5. It is fun to hijack, ironically, the Pence's rabbit for a worthwhile LGBTQ cause.

    6. I just found out that the author (Jill Twiss not Marlon Bundo) knows my brother.

    7. Given the recent revelations about Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor, the Universe seems to be lacing up its shoes. It all seems to be coming together. Shit's getting real. Perhaps, we are really near the Omega Point.

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

    This sweet little audiobook is only 7 minutes or so long.

    Is it super special?

    YES! It's about love and good friends and two adorable bunnies who just want to be together and hop around the garden. Forever. Together.

    I think that's a lesson all children should become accustomed to at a young age.

    AND it comes with the added bonus of sticking it to VP Pence on the day his bunny book came out.

    Sorry. Not s

    This sweet little audiobook is only 7 minutes or so long.

    Is it super special?

    YES! It's about love and good friends and two adorable bunnies who just want to be together and hop around the garden. Forever. Together.

    I think that's a lesson all children should become accustomed to at a young age.

    AND it comes with the added bonus of sticking it to VP Pence on the day his bunny book came out.

    Sorry. Not sorry.

    Besides, nobody ever said there were too many bunny books in this world and if someone has, hit the mute button. Immediately. Because who doesn't like bunnies?

    No one, that's who.

  • Cecily

    When is a rabbit a troll?

    There’s probably a very hot cross bunny at Number One Observatory Circle (the VPOTUS’s official residence, illustrated in this book), which is seasonally appropriate for the book’s release, even though

    are apparently not as widely eaten during Lent (the 40 days before Easter) in the US as the UK.

    Hot cross buns also seem apt, given the bizarre and recurring importance of baking (or rather, refusing to do so) in the battle for LGBTQ+ rights, especially marri

    When is a rabbit a troll?

    There’s probably a very hot cross bunny at Number One Observatory Circle (the VPOTUS’s official residence, illustrated in this book), which is seasonally appropriate for the book’s release, even though

    are apparently not as widely eaten during Lent (the 40 days before Easter) in the US as the UK.

    Hot cross buns also seem apt, given the bizarre and recurring importance of baking (or rather, refusing to do so) in the battle for LGBTQ+ rights, especially marriage equality.

    First (kind of), there was a picture book about the Pence family’s pet rabbit, Marlon, written by his daughter and illustrated by his wife:

    . It’s meant to be a child-friendly introduction to the role of the Vice President. From the sample viewable on Amazon, the text is heavy-handed, dull doggerel (with rhyme and metre that don't really work), but the illustrations are pleasant enough.

    The opening stanzas are:

    If that doesn't get your preschooler begging you to read it again and again, I don't know what will!

    Hot on its heels (so hot, it was released a day before the Pence one) came this picture book, in which Bundo falls in love with another bunny. But here’s the point and the problem: both rabbits are male. It’s a genuine, inclusive children’s story almost as much as it is digging at Pence. There's a proper narrative arc: loneliness, love, an obstacle, and... a happy ending. The pictures are a delicate, colourful delight, and the text is short and sweet, largely eschewing overt politics, and without attempting rhyming couplets.

    But it does skewer Pence. The character who tries to stop the wedding has a tidy mop of white hair, a collared shirt, and red tie. He is described thus:

    "

    "

    This book was heavily promoted by John Oliver on HBO’s

    and it raced up the bestseller charts, quickly eclipsing the Pence book.

    One’s attitude to that is likely to be framed by one’s attitude to Pence, and especially his views about the evils of homosexuality. But it’s not quite that simple.

    Money from the Pence book is going to one charity that provides art therapy to children with cancer and another that tackles human trafficking.

    On the other hand, all the proceeds from this are going to an AIDS charity and the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization that offers support to young LGBT community members.

    (I'll leave aside the difference between proceeds and profits, and the malleability of both.)

    Personally, I find Pence’s active hatred of LGBTQ+ and other minorities hateful, and if his family produce a children’s book with a political message, even for charitable causes, I think it becomes a valid target for parody, satire, or whatever.

    Anyway, Charlotte Pence says she doesn't mind, because both books are raising money. She has bought this book, and also thinks imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which wasn't quite the intention, but never mind. (Citation

    and

    .)

    Love is love (as long as it's consensual).

    , should be an active reviewer on GR. Or maybe she is a pseudonym of

    ’s. Or maybe Manny wrote this! Or maybe it's just a Dickensian pseudonym of John Oliver's. (Disappointingly, it seems she's a real individual in her own right, who writes for The Daily Show.)

    This book is a more than a parody, but it is like many of Manny’s most creative “reviews” (see my reviews of his collections,

    ,

    , and

    ,

    ).

  • Emily May

    If you don't know about this:

    Basically, two boy bunnies fall in love and get married in this beautiful book about same-sex marriage, democracy, and the importance of voting. There's a nasty stink bug causing some trouble, but the moral of the story is that, even though bad stinky bugs can get into office, we can also vote them out again!

    100% of the proceeds are being donated to

    and

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    If you don't know about this:

    Basically, two boy bunnies fall in love and get married in this beautiful book about same-sex marriage, democracy, and the importance of voting. There's a nasty stink bug causing some trouble, but the moral of the story is that, even though bad stinky bugs can get into office, we can also vote them out again!

    100% of the proceeds are being donated to

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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    I SHOULD NOT HAVE SQUEALED THIS LOUD AT A BOOK ABOUT BUNNIES BUT HERE WE ARE.

    oh hey, in case you haven't heard,

    . US Politics is wild but sometimes good things occur. also I can’t believe the Trevor Project got a donation and I got to squeal for it what kind of symbiotic relationship

  • Lola

    I have read various picture books in my (short) life.

    Some were incredibly-illustrated.

    This one isn’t particularly so.

    Some were exceptionally-narrated.

    This one isn’t particularly so.

    Most didn’t leave their mark on me.

    This one did.

    Most didn’t make my eyes water.

    This one did.

    Most didn’t bring a smile to my face and held it there for five continuous minutes.

    This one did.

    Most didn’t prove to me that there is still hope for this world to become better, more acc

    I have read various picture books in my (short) life.

    Some were incredibly-illustrated.

    This one isn’t particularly so.

    Some were exceptionally-narrated.

    This one isn’t particularly so.

    Most didn’t leave their mark on me.

    This one did.

    Most didn’t make my eyes water.

    This one did.

    Most didn’t bring a smile to my face and held it there for five continuous minutes.

    This one did.

    Most didn’t prove to me that there is still hope for this world to become better, more accepting of differences.

    This… one… did.

    Boy bunny is in love with another boy bunny because the heart wants what it wants. Love is so beautiful that everyone is happy for them—everyone except one stinky bug that decides they cannot marry.

    But love is so powerful that it wins. When in doubt, listen to your heart: it will tell you the truth, and it will help you deal with stinky bugs that want to crush your dreams.

    And of course, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote.

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  • Trish

    Marlon Bundo is a boy bunny. But not just any bunny. He's the BOTUS (Bunny Of The US). He lives with his grandpa, the Vice President. One day, Malon meets another boy bunny and falls in love.

    He wants to marry the boy bunny he has fallen in love with and all their animal friends get ready for the wedding. But then the stink bug tries to stop them.

    This book was written by John Oliver, the host of HBO's

    in answer to a children's book

    Marlon Bundo is a boy bunny. But not just any bunny. He's the BOTUS (Bunny Of The US). He lives with his grandpa, the Vice President. One day, Malon meets another boy bunny and falls in love.

    He wants to marry the boy bunny he has fallen in love with and all their animal friends get ready for the wedding. But then the stink bug tries to stop them.

    This book was written by John Oliver, the host of HBO's

    in answer to a children's book Mike Pence, current VP of the US, has published with is wife.

    Mike Pence's book is also about a bunny named Marlon Bundo, who shows kids a day in the life of the Vice President of the US. Not bad in general. The problem is that Mike Pence is a self-proclaimed Christian, conservative, and Republican (in this order, as he likes to always point out). He has promoted "gay cures" and is avidly against abortions.

    Therefore, John Oliver and a few of his colleagues and friends seized the opportunity to instead teach children about love, tolerance, democracy and friendship.

    I have both the audio and ebook because the illustrations are cute and the audio is funny thanks to who recorded the 7 minutes - and enjoyed both. Naturally, as it is a book for small children (or people who need to get their priorities straight ... or gay), the ebook or hardcover are better to illustrate some great points and bring across some of the more subtle jokes (which is why this got one star less). And there are many hidden and not-so-hidden hints and jokes, believe me. Doesn't matter that it's a thin book, it packs a punch!

    The other great thing about this is that all of the royalties go to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

  • Carol.

    A sweet little story about bunnies falling in love and the importance of voting, all in one.

    I would have passed, because I suspected it would be more of a publicity stunt than story, but I couldn't resist the audio cast: Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) as Marlon Bundo the bunny; Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) as Wesley the bunny; John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun) as Stinkbug, Jack McBayer (30 Rock); Ellie Kemper (The Office) as Dill Prickle the hedgehog; Jeffery Garlin (The Goldbergs) a

    A sweet little story about bunnies falling in love and the importance of voting, all in one.

    I would have passed, because I suspected it would be more of a publicity stunt than story, but I couldn't resist the audio cast: Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) as Marlon Bundo the bunny; Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) as Wesley the bunny; John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun) as Stinkbug, Jack McBayer (30 Rock); Ellie Kemper (The Office) as Dill Prickle the hedgehog; Jeffery Garlin (The Goldbergs) as Mr. Paws-The-Very-Good-Dog; and RuPaul.

    It turns out, it was a cute little story, with a solid children's book feel. In the tradition of multi-generational appeal, it has veiled jokes for the older folks and solid messaging for the younger ones. For some reason, it cracks me up that one of the bugs is named Dennis.

    I needn't have worried about the art--Oliver's piece has an animated excerpt of the story and the style is lovely, watercolor style shadings in a more traditional style. The one with the Stinkbug and his white toupee is effing priceless.

    Proceeds go to the Trevor Project, which provides services to prevent suicide in young people struggling with sexual identity

    and AIDS United

    Listen to John Oliver talk about Pence and Bundo on his show (and the very frightening revelation that the Pence book promotion includes a Focus on the Family stop).

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