Operation Bunny: The Fairy Detective Agency's First Case
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Operation Bunny: The Fairy Detective Agency's First Case (Wings & Co #1)

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When Emily Vole inherits an abandoned shop, she discovers a magical world she never knew existed. And a fairy-hating witch, a mischievous set of golden keys, and a train full of brightly colored bunnies are just a few of the surprises that come with it.

With the help of a talking cat called Fidget and a grumpy fairy detective called Buster, it is up to Emily to save the fai...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published October 1st 2012)
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Beth Kemp
Magic, mysteries and a resilient heroine - fab start to a new series for 7+

Sally Gardner is so great! I've never been disappointed with one of her books, and this quirky magical tale is no different. With shades of Roald Dahl and Eva Ibbotson, this is classic young fiction at its best.

As the first book in a new series, it lays the groundwork for the future, showing how the wonderful cat Fidget and little Emily Vole on the book cover come to be working together at a Fairy Detective Agency. The go...more
Teresa
I have read and enjoyed many of Sally Gardner's novels including those targeted at the Young Adult market. I'm delighted to see her return her attentions to the 8-12 age group as my children loved her Magical Children Series.

This is the first in a series of books about Wings & Co, a fairy detective agency resurrected by Emily Vole, a young girl who has had a lot to deal with in her short life so far - abandoned as a baby at Stansted Airport in a hat box, adopted by emotionally challenged wan...more
Shazzer
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Emily Vole was not the adopted daughter the Dashwood’s hoped for. With her dark eyes and dark hair, she looks nothing like them! When triplets unexpectedly enter the Dashwood’s life when Emily is five, Emily is shifted from adopted daughter, to unpaid servant. Never taught to read or write, Emily is nonetheless clever and curious, and this leads her to a friendship with the “old bat” next door, Miss String. Along with her overlarge, bipedal cat named Fidget, Miss St...more
Allison Campbell
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This is the first book in the WINGS & CO series about a fairy detective agency, and Lilah and I both enjoyed it. Poor Emily Vole is abandoned as an infant and adopted by self-absorbed parents who turn her into a servant when they discover they can (and do) have children of their own. Fortunately, she has elderly neighbor Mrs. String and her extraordinary cat to pull her out of her Cinderella story and into a spirited adventure, inheriting a set of magi...more
Penny McGill
Wow. This book is packed with all the very best stuff - orphans, cruel step-parents, witches, spells fairies, mean little boys, talking cats (hooray!) and a strange mystery to solve. It's called "Operation Bunny" for very good reason and once you get to the part of the book where Sally Gardner starts to describe the bunnies you are in for some desperately funny scenes. Be prepared. We still talk about those moments because they are that special kind of funny that stays with you forever and becom...more
Nafiza
Operation Bunny is a sweet little novel for younger readers that is sure to enchant and thrill. I wouldn’t call the novel middle grade literature as the tone and content are far younger than anything on the market for middle graders right now but it would be a perfect fit for kids from grades five to ten. The novel is about Emily Vole, a little girl with mysterious origins, who is adopted by a horrible yuppie family who value plastic far more than nature. The novel tells her adventures as she es...more
Shilpa
A Cozy book young readers will enjoy while they cozy up in front of a fire -- the first book in a charming new series about a fairy detective agency.

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This is the first in a series of books that sets the stage for a fairy detective agency.

Emily Vole is discovered as a baby in a hatbox, which was previously believed to contain an explosive device. As luck would have it, she began crying and thankfully was saved before the bomb d...more
Fplys
Poor Emily Vole! After being left in an airport as a baby, she was adopted by a wealthy, childless couple, the Dashwoods. But alas, she was not the blonde, blue-eyed, perfect child that they wanted, and when Mrs. Dashwood discovers that she is expecting triplets, Emily is "demoted" from daughter to the family maid. Living in the basement, unable to attend school, and faced with mounds of laundry and household chores, Emily's life seems rather grim and hopeless. Then a chance meeting with her ecc...more
Ampersand Canada's Book & Gift Agency Inc
This middle grade novel is about a little girl adopted by a couple who are having trouble having children of their own. When they become the parents of triplets, Emily Vole is made into a virtual slave. Luckily she inherits a magic shop (not a Magic Shop) and gets pulled into a world she didn’t know existed. There is an evil witch whose mandate is to kill every fairy she can and if humans got in her way she would change them into small pink rabbits who could talk (only one or two sentences, over...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
Adorableness oozes out of this book in great gooey globs. It is a delightful book for young readers. If your kids are too young for Harry Potter, then try this series. It has a lot of the same themes without being so dark. It's perfect for just starting to read middle grade fiction.

Emily Vole gets adopted by some horrendous people who make her a family slave until their neighbor dies and leaves Emily a large inheritance. Emily decides to run away and try to defeat the witch Harpella before she m...more
Lori Cox
Emily Vole was left abandoned in a hatbox at an airport. The Dashwoods adopted her but Emily never fit in with them. When the Dashwoods have triplets, Emily is regulated to servant status and sleeps in the laundry room. The odd next-door neighbor befriends Emily and teaches her to read, do math, and speak French….. and about the world of magic. Emily and Fidget (a human size talking cat) end up dealing with pink bunnies, an evil witch and a secret magical shop. She learns to specialize in magic...more
Ms.Gaye
Storytelling with a definite British slant. Little orphan Emily is adopted by a wicked stepmother but the kindly fairy grandmother living next door with her talking cat, Fidget, rescues Emily from her days of toil. When Emily touches a set of keys stored long ago in the attic, she unlocks a magical power within herself and the real action begins. Emily & Fidget join forces with the famous fairy detective Buster Ignacius Spicer to defeat the diabolical witch Harpella. Zombie triplets and 59 p...more
Clearwater Public Library YOUTH
Adorable is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this book. A little girl abandoned in a hat box who ends up having extraordinary talents, a talking cat named Fidget and fairies everywhere the eye can see, popping up in the most unexpected places. Plus a witch who either turns people into pink bunnies, or zombies with a lamp that looks like she borrowed it from Aladdin. What's not to love here? Gardner's world and her characters were so original and creative. I could not put this down, a...more
Amanda Northrup
What a fun story! It reminded me of Matilda in some ways - Emily's parents are much like the Wormwoods and Emily is a smart, go-getter much like Matilda. Of course, Matilda didn't rescue some interesting fairies from an evil witch who was turning people into bunnies.

To give you a better sense of this book, let's try on some different titles that are less ridiculous.

* Emily Vole and the Attic Treasure ~ A pair of keys is found in the attic... that's what starts all the craziness.
* Emily Vole and...more
Tamsin Goadby
Operation Bunny is the first in the Wings & Co Fairy Detective series. Foundling, Emily Vole becomes a domestic slave after her step-mother has triplets. But then she is befriended by their neighbour, the strange Miss String and her cat Fidget and the adventure begins.
Operation Bunny is a fast paced fairy detective story with lots of verbal humour and fun. There is a rather large cast of characters some of whom are underdeveloped and superfluous to this story, but I am sure they will come in...more
Claire
This quirky little tale- I hope it kicks off a series- relates the first years of young Emily Vole a dark-eyed, dark-haired orphan found in a hatbox at the airport. Daisy Dashwood Wants This Baby and her doting husband is able to make it Be So.
Her first years are boring but indulged until Daisy finds herself the mother of self-absorbed, bratty, triplets. Now Emily is sent to the laundry room to live the life of a house slave.
Enter magical neighbors who save the day and initiate a grand and per...more
Frances
Feb 11, 2014 Frances rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Joanna Warrens, Lisa Schoof
Recommended to Frances by: Publisher's Weekly
This is a charming new series about a fairy detective agency. However, it starts with the discovery of a baby in a hat box found at an airport. She is adopted by a wealthy, rich, narcissistic couple who soon tire of her because she does not conform to their ideal of a child. After several years as the family drudge, Emily Vole meets the old lady next door and her rather large, talking cat. They become her only friends and teach her to read and write.
Before Emily learns about all the magic next...more
Petra
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I enjoyed I, Coriander very much and since reading it I have been buying (and also winning!;)) other books by Sally Gardner. Operation Bunny was published just at the beginning of October. When I first noticed there was going to be a new book, I just had to pre-order it, so it arrived just a few days after it was published. And I started reading it immediately. :)
This is the first book in a new series for children, but as with all (good) children's books,...more
Becky
Operation Bunny is charming story of magical mayhem and fairytales colliding with the real world.


Emily Vole is left inside a hatbox in the centre of a train station when she is just a baby. The Dashwoods are so desperate for a child that they wish for a baby. When they see the story of the abandoned baby on the news, they ask to adopt Emily. But life with Emily is not the fairytale ending Mrs Dashwood expected. Emily just doesn’t fit right. Her hair is the wrong colour and so Mrs Dashwood makes...more
Sharon Thomson
Aimed at 7 to 12 year olds, Operation Bunny is the first in a series of Fairy Detective Agency books written by Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts. Gardner is a well-loved children’s author and has written many books before, for all ages. Roberts’ illustrations add the finishing touch to Gardner’s well-written descriptions of characters and places.

This book introduces Emily Vole, a foundling abandoned in a hat box at Stansted Airport. She is adopted by the Dashwoods, but does not con...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
This is the first book in Sally Gardner's new series and the first case of the Fairy Detective Agency. It's a beautifully packaged book with fabulous illustrations by David Roberts which really bring the story to life.

Combining some magical elements reminiscent of well loved fairy tales with a dark centre which will appeal hugely to readers who like it when children save the day and their wicked parents get their comeuppance, 'Operation Bunny' has been described as reminiscent of some of Roald D...more
LH Johnson
I came to this following the reccomendation of the excellent Ali of Fantastic Reads. Her review is here and I urge you all to go read it forthwith because it's a perceptive, warm and precise review of this book.

Now that that's done, here's what I thought. And I'm sorry but I'm going to be repetitive (and I think that may tell you something of the delightful just-another-layer-of-the-chocolate-box quality of this book).

Operation Bunny is a charming Ibbotson-esque tale of Emily Vole who is adopte...more
Alison
I'm a big fan on Sally Gardner, author of I, Coriander and many other fantastic picture books and novels for children. Her books are inventive and often use fairy tale with powerful effect.

Operation Bunny starts with the discovery of a baby in a hatbox at Stansted Airport in Essex, just outside London. The little girl is named Emily Vole and is adopted by the narcissistic Daisy Dashwood and her husband Ronald. Emily is treated more like a doll than a child until Daisy has triplets of her own, a...more
Great Books
Emily Vole was adopted by the selfish Dashwoods. After Mrs. Dashwood gives birth to triplets, she makes Emily her servant and Emily’s life is quite miserable. One day Emily meets next door neighbor Mrs. String and her talking cat, Fidget, whom helps Emily out with household chores. Upon Mrs. String’s unfortunate death, Emily is left an inheritance that includes an old shop and golden keys. But Emily’s life is in danger as the evil Harpella wants the golden keys. Fans of Roald Dahl will be deligh...more
Charlou Lunsford
"Thats the trouble with questions," she said. "one is never enough."


Emily Vole, 9, has been raised by a couple who have used her as a housemaid and nanny for their triplets. She befriends the old woman next door who leaves her a shop. A most unusual shop with an even more unusual set of keys. How unusual? Well, it all involves a witch, a very large talking cat, fairies and, of course, bunnies.
Sarah
Emily Vole, abandoned in a hatbox in Stansted Airport, is taken in by self-absorbed suburbanites, and it's clear from the get go that things will not go well.

This charming British import sets up an ongoing series of fairy mysteries, and in our house has been warmly received as an antidote to/progression from that other fairy series. Vile step-parents and creepy triplets keep the story from being sickly sweet, while a talking cat, mysterious grandmother and keys with legs provide familiar fairy...more
Ms. Dana
More like a 3.5! This was just total nonsense and silly and pretty entertaining. I am sure children will find this fun and it's a good read if you liked Mr. and Mrs. Bunny by Horvath or The Abominables by Ibbotson. Not quite at the same caliber as the books mentioned above, but still quirky and very British
Dana
More like a 3.5! This was just total nonsense and silly and pretty entertaining. I am sure children will find this fun and it's a good read if you liked Mr. and Mrs. Bunny by Horvath or The Abominables by Ibbotson. Not quite at the same caliber as the books mentioned above, but still quirky and very British!
Tracey
children's short chapter book (fairies, magic, adventure/mystery). I'm a sucker for cute/weird bunnies, but this was so much more than that. A bit dark (zombie children and witches trying to kill our heroine), along the lines of Lemony Snicket, with a few but not too many nice vocabulary words sprinkled in. Characters were interesting (giant talking CAT!?), plot was engaging, a promising start to a good series.
Sarah
in the tradition of Roald Dahl, with a goodly dose of magic thrown in. Charming, can't wait for the rest.
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Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve...more
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