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

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  578 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published October 1st 2012)
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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
Beth Kemp
Nov 18, 2012 Beth Kemp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2012 Petra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens

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,
Oct 24, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
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
Sharon Burgin
Jan 28, 2013 Sharon Burgin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 27, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, feminists and cat lovers
This was a fun read. We have talking cats who keep coming up with new clean ejaculations, all cat oriented of course. We have a Cinderella style orphan who takes care of herself. There are fairies who have lost their wings to the bad witch. Very bad witch! Who turn victims into either zombies or somewhat talking bunnies....they can only say the last sentence they said before transformation. This was lively reading and is the start of a series. We need more intelligently silly books in our life!
Feb 18, 2014 Nafiza rated it liked it
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
Allison Campbell

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
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
Mar 03, 2014 Shilpa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
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.

Full Review:

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
Mar 26, 2014 Shazzer rated it really liked it
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
Book Talk: Here are the four W’s of the situation.

Where: A magical shop run by the Dashwood’s neighbor, Miss String. Full of treasures and fairy wings. Hard to find since it can walk.

When: Right Now.

Who: Emily Vole. Orphan. When she was a baby, she was found inside a hatbox at the train station. She was adopted shortly after by the Dashwoods, and made to wear a blonde wig with blue contact lenses. Until the Dashwoods had triplets, three baby girls. Instead of a daughter, Emily became a nanny. Sh
This book feels so British to me. It might be the sense of humor or the terrible adoptive parents. Whatever the reason this book is hilarious. I would call it a fairy-lite book. There are witches, magic, a talking cat, and fairies but the story doesn’t delve much into fairy lore or the fairy world as you see in a lot of fantasy. I think it makes a good entree into fairy stories for kids who are just trying out fantasy. Yet the humor and mystery of the story will interest kids who aren’t really f ...more
May 03, 2014 Tracie rated it really liked it
After the birth of their triplet daughters, Emily Vole's adoptive parents see her only as a source of free labor. Emily cleans, tends to endless piles of dirty clothes, cares for the triplets, and sleeps on an ironing board in the laundry room. The only bright spot in Emily's life is the quirky neighbor (Miss String) and her talking cat (Fidget), who help Emily with her chores and teach her to read, write, do math, and speak three languages. When Miss String dies in an unfortunate (and slightly ...more
Amy Forrester
May 05, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily Vole’s life isn’t exactly easy. For starters her adopted parents, the Dashwoods, are really more like employers. Really demanding and heartless employers. She was enjoying her friendship with her next door neighbor Miss String and her giant talking cat Fidget, but then the evil Harpella showed up and started during people into zombies, and rabbits, and who knows what she’ll do next! To top it all off, Emily is the new Keeper of the Keys and the fate of all the fairies lies on her shoulder ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jul 24, 2014 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Operation Bunny is the first book in the Wings & Co series by Sally Gardner. This children's chapter book begins on a quirky note, and continues in that vein. Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport. she is adopted by a vain and greedy couple that had always wanted children, but did not get quite what they expected with Emily. When their own children are born things become even worse for Emily, only to discov ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
I loved Operation Bunny. I loved it so much more than I thought I would. I loved it because it was just fun. Emily Vole, the heroine, was abandoned as an infant. She was left in a hatbox. She was adopted soon after she was found. (At first, authorities thought she was a bomb. That is they thought the hatbox contained a bomb.) But her adopted parents are truly awful which is somewhat typical in fantasy novels for children! As I was reading, I was reminded again and again of The Willoughbys by Loi ...more
Very silly stuff in here.
Jill Stark
Intermediate: Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner (2014 in the United States) Independent reading.
Mya, who is interested in mysteries, fantasies, and humorous books should really like this one. It even has a talking cat, too! This was the second intermediate book that I read, and it was my favorite. This is the first book in a series, and took a little bit of time to set up the background to the story, but once it got going, I enjoyed it. I think, if I were younger that I would have liked this boo
Ms. Yingling
Apr 07, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Emily Vole is found abandoned at a train station in a hatbox, and the Dashwoods, a Yuppie couple who want a child, adopt her. When she doesn't turn out to be the blonde, perfect child they want, they treat her as a servant, especially after their own triplets are born and go into commercial acting. Emily takes care of the house and children and is not educated or loved at all, until neighbor Miss String sees her out hanging laundry. Miss String and her talking (once human) cat, Fidget, step in t ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Emily Vole is a foundling adopted by Ronald and Daisy Dashwood, who five years later "had to admit that Emily Vole wasn't exactly what she had had in mind when she'd made her one and only wish" for a child. After all, she had dark eyes and dark hair and looked nothing like the Dashwoods (oh no!). Her "adoptive parents" require Emily to sleep in the laundry room on an ironing board and has never allowed Emily to attend school or learn how to read. When social services start sniffing around, the D ...more
This book is really adorable. I'd definitely recommend it to kiddos who want to read hilarious magical mystery books!

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Apr 18, 2016 Cezara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really childish but surprisingly very well written and quite emotional (my fault :)). Short but heartwarming, funny and strange at the same time.Can't wait to pick up the next book in the series.
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May 02, 2016 3moopydelfy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Millie Mystère s’avère être un monde plein de mystères, d’intrigues, d’enquêtes, de secrets, de féérie et de magie. Un joli voyage qui parfois fait penser à Harry Potter, à d’autres à des contes de fées. La vie de l’héroïne est loin d’être tendre. La famille d’adoption de ce bébé trouvé dans une boîte à chapeau est horrible. Un vrai désastre, qui s’amplifie avec l’arrivée des triplés de Dashwood. Millie rencontre Miss Ficelle, Fidget, Buster et bien d’autres personnages attachants. Tout se met e ...more
Книжни Криле
Историята на Сали Гарднър е вдъхновяваща! Коя от всички ли? Е, да, детската писателка има редица книги зад гърба си, и до някаква степен всяка една от тях може да бъде наречена вдъхновяваща. Но ние говорим за НЕЯНАТА история – тази за живота на Сали Гарднър. Тежката дислекция, заради която е категоризирана като „сляпа за думите” не й позволява да се научи да чете чак до 14-годишна възраст. А днес Сали Гарднър е носителка на едни от най-престижните отличия за детска литература, медалът „Карнеги” ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Think A Bear Called Paddington - well, Paddington was left lonely at a railway station, whereas Emily Vole (the hero of this book) was found abandoned in a hatbox at an airport ... . Think Oliver Twist - well, Oliver was a child in a workhouse and never had enough food, whereas Emily Vole was forced by her adoptive parents to do all the housework and because she couldn't read the notes her mother left for her she never finished the required tasks so didn't get supper ... . Think all other number ...more
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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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