More books by Sally Gardner
Author's Facebook Latest
Illustrated ByDavid Roberts
PublisherOrion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Suitable for AgesFeatured Books for 7+ readers
Books of the Month - May
Recommended Children's eBooks
Publication date4th October 2012
Children's Author 'Like-for-Like' recommendations
Click to buy book vouchers
Written by: Sally Gardner
Illustrated by: David Roberts
Part of the 'Wings & Co' Series
This title is in stock RRP: £5.99 Saving £1.50 (25%)
The Lovereading comment:
A brand new quirky detective series called WINGS & Co. brimming with humour, mystery and magic by million-copy selling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts. Operation Bunny is the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency and with the help of a talking cat called Fidget and a grumpy fairy detective called Buster, it's up to Emily Vole to get to the bottom of Operation Bunny. It's a series that 7+ year olds shouldn't be missing.
SynopsisOperation Bunny by Sally Gardner
Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport. Then, only a few years later, her neighbour Mrs String dies leaving Emily a mysterious inheritance: an old shop, a small bunch of golden keys and a cat called Fidget. It's the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime as the old Fairy Detective Agency comes back to life. It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery and do battle with their great fairy-snatching enemy, Harpella.
ReviewsThis is a funny and exciting story with memorable characters and great illustrations from the brilliant David Roberts that should be popular with young readers. -- Clare Poole THE BOOKSELLER Young readers will be captivated by the idea that magic is just beneath the surface of everyday life in gardner's new series about a fairy detective agency. Huge fun. -- Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER There's mystery, magic, humour and adventure in this quirky new series set in a fairy detective agency. Perfect for young fans of all things magical who want a more challenging story. THE BOOKSELLER You don't have to be a child to enjoy a children's book. Thank goodness, because there are some really brilliant ones out there at the moment and ... Operation Bunny is no exception. ...Thought provoking and lots of fun. NEWBOOKS MAGAZINE For mystery solving with a magical twist, you'll love Wings & Co ... Quirky, fun and totally charming, this is a magical mystery series. TBK MAGAZINE ...I love it! It's cute, funny and bizarrely believable. I found myself loving every character, even the baddies! The illustrations really add to the effect of this story. Each page bursts with adventure, following the intrepid Emily as she becomes an awesome detective. -- Georgia, Aged 12 BOOKS AND WRITERS JNR This story has a wonderfully contemporary feel to it. The language is modern and the pace of the story is fast and exciting. Yet there is also a very Dahl-esque darkness o the tale ... Operation Bunny has all the magic ingredients for a perfect children's novel ... I really enjoyed this kooky story. It was fun and endearing. The illustrations were brilliantly entertaining ... Operation Bunny is a quirky tale full of imagination. I highly recommend it. I'm sure it will become a favourite amoung newly fluent readers. THE BOOKETTE I normally don't read stories involving magic but this one I couldn't put down! I would recommend this book to children who like adventure and powerful magic stories. My book rating is an epic 10/10! -- Eloise, 9 Years ANORAK ...an absolute cracker. Gardner writes with a delirious wit, sketching out intriguing characters and doling out jokes and pathos in exactly the right measure. FINANCIAL TIMES Magic and mystery with a generous sprinkling of humour make this a great read for 7+. David Roberts
quirky drawings are just right
! PARENTS IN TOUCH This fun, magical story will delight young readers ... Highly recommended BOOKAPOET Young readers will be thrilled when they enter Emily Vole's magical world Ni4KIDS ...a fantastic story that had me laughing out loud in places. The characters are wonderful and diverse ... I didn't want the story to end. Gardner has vividly brought to life a magical world of talking cats and colourful bunnies. I can't wait to read the next installment! BOOKBABBLERS This is a marvellously inventive, comic tale which subverts our expectations of fairys and fairy tales. There is plenty of play on words and the wry humour is compounded by the dark, sly edge of the wonderful illustrations of David Roberts ... great fun. WE LOVE THIS BOOK A delightfully quirky and amusing story THE BOOKBAG ...a story that will make you laugh, give you some wonderful twists and when blended with the fantastical takes you into a world of its own ... a book that I really can't recommend enough ... Great stuff. TATTY'S TREASURE CHEST ...this story will carry you away from reality into a world of enchantment and adventure ... a quirky and entertaining read. Emily Vole is an adorable and likable heroine and this is a story spiced with secrets and magic which will appeal hugely to younger readers. A DREAM OF BOOKS ...plenty of excitement, laughter, and yes, sparkling magic throughout, this first book in a new detective series for yuong readers is a delight PLAYING BY THE BOOK Wonderful stuff JE TOWEY Sally Gardner is on sparkling form DULWICH BOOKS REVIEW ...a delight SERENDIPITY REVIEWS This quirky story from Sally Gardner is packed with magic, humour and imagination, as well as a touch of Roald Dahl-esque darkness. Young readers will be charmed by resourceful heroine Emily and her sidekick Fidget ... David Roberts's entertaining illustrations are the perfect match for Gardner's pleasingly eccentric text. This first instalment of the Wings & Co series is great fun and is sure to delight newly independent readers. BOOKTRUST Operation Bunny has Sally Gardner's usual humour, charm, pace and overall feeling of whimsy which will spellbind young readers. Operation Bunny is a beautifully written, original story complemented perfectly by David Roberts's quirky illustrations. LOVELY TREEZ READS I love this book so much ... It is an enchanting book ... If you like mind-boggling adventures filled with brilliant illustrations and strange talking animals, then do not hesitate to pick up this brilliant book. GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS a must for any junior school library LIBRARYZONE this is classic young fiction at its best BETH KEMP Sally Gardner brings to [the book] a great plot and her trademark quirky humour ... a rollercoaster - we're very much looking forward to the second. ABC MAGAZINE David Roberts's spooky illustrations have a Goreyesque detail that is perfect. The poignancy of Emily's plight is offset by a buoyancy that counters the acid wit with which her world is described ... this brims with quirky charm reminiscent of Eva Ibbotson, Joan Aiken and early JK Rowling. -- Amanda Craig THE TIMES A fine story to read aloud -- Nicolette Jones SUNDAY TIMES ...such a charming story; with tons of quirky details, plenty of whimsy but also some looming darkness in both the real and magical world, Gardner offers us a story of exquisite quality ... Roberts is such a talented, unusual artist. LIBRARY MICE One of our featured books last issue but so due another mention as a wackily surreal magical story with stunning illustrations ... Bonkers but brilliant, we love it! TBK MAGAZINE Punctuated by David Roberts's chaotic, enjoyable illustrations, Sally Gardner's Operation Bunny... is fun, quirky and imaginative ... With shades of Roald Dahl's Matilda, this is a marvellous, wild ride for eight- to 10-year-olds. -- Viv Groskop THE OBSERVER Operation Bunny has got what it takes to become a classic DAILY EXPRESS I love Sally's original take on life and language, both of which shine through here. The illustrations by David Roberts are marvellous and make this book doubly desirable. -- Maudie Smith www.librarymice.com 20130225 I enjoyed it because it was funny and imaginative. The pictures were fantastically detailed and the story itself was very engaging. I would recommend this book to girls aged 7-10 for reading on their own and 5-7 for it to be read by parents. -- Abigail Wetton, Aged 9 Kidaround.biz 20130225 exciting story that is filled with wacky characters. It's ideal for pre-teens who want to start reading long, chapter books, with or without a little help from mum and dad at bedtime. Madhouse Family Reviews Blog 20130211
About The Author
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.
Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles.
Her YA novel, The Double Shadow, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles: The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books. She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes. Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it is not a disability, but a gift.
If you'd love to know more about Sally, click here to download a more detailed biography and Q&A.
To see a video of Sally talking about her book Fairy Shopping - CLICK HERE
Or watch a video of her talking about The Silver Blade:
More books by this author