What’s more beloved than a picture book about a pet bunny?
A picture book about a gay bunny, apparently.
The battle of the bunny books — now duking it out on the Amazon bestseller lists — begins with “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President” (Regnery Kids, $18.99), in which Mike Pence’s black-and-white rabbit, Marlon Bundo — the Second Family’s real-life pet, with his own Instagram account — observes “grampa” at work. The book was written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte, with illustrations by his wife, Karen.
But all things Trump/Pence being subject to satire, the earnest children’s story inspired a radical makeover in which Marlon Bundo falls for, yes, another male bunny. (Pence is known for his opposition to gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights.) “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” (Chronicle Books, $18.99) is the brain child of the HBO comedy, written by “Last Week” contributor Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller. Proceeds are being donated to The Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United.
In its first week on sale, the John Oliver book bounced straight to No. 3 on Amazon’s Top 20 Most Sold & Most Read Books of the Week, ahead of popular fiction titles by Kristin Hannah and Celeste Ng. Charlotte and Karen Pence’s title, meanwhile, was No. 3 in Amazon’s Children’s Books list.
The rabbit race is on.
With AP reports