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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MARLON BUNDO Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss Read by Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, RuPaul This wonderful children's audiobook is a satirical response to a book with a similar name "written by" Vice President Mike Pence's rabbit, Marlon Bundo. Jim Parsons, from "The Big Bang Theory," perfectly gives voice to a gay bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny he enjoys hopping with. But the mean old stink bug, portrayed by the always incred- ible John Lithgow, rules the meadow and declares that boy bunnies cannot marry each other, only girl bunnies. Marlon rallies all his friends to defy the ruler. The audiobook is a scant seven minutes long and would be best enjoyed paired with the picture book. The beauty of both books is that their profits go to different charities, so everyone is a winner. M.S. Partially Important Productions, LLC 7 mins. Unabridged Ages 6+ Trade Ed.: DD $1.99 SAMANTHA SPINNER AND THE SUPER-SECRET PLANS Russell Ginns Read by Kathleen McInerney, Grover Gardner Narrators Kathleen McInerney and Grover Gardner hold listeners in the palms of their hands. Their spot-on kid voices make listeners feel they are being told this adventure/quest/travelogue story by the very children who are in it. In the narrator role, McInerney brings urgency, fast pacing, and precise diction to bear as 11-year-old Samantha and her younger brother, Nipper, investigate the disappear- ance of their Uncle Paul. Who would have guessed that the lining of an umbrella would provide a map (of sorts) or that in following it, Samantha and Nipper would travel to Paris, Florence, and Edfu via underground magnetic trains, pneumatic tubes, and white water rafts, all the while being pursued by ninjas? McInerney and Gardner spin an enthralling tale, for sure! The production concludes with the author sharing a pair of puzzles specially conceived for audio. A.R. Listening Library 4.75 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525525608 $15.00 Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525525615 $38.00 (also DD) OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth Read by Ron Butler, Erin Bennett, MacLeod Andrews Listening to these poems written in the style of beloved poets and inspired by their lives will bring out smiles. Ron Butler reads the poems written by Kwame Alexander; MacLeod Andrews, the ones written by Chris Colderley; and Erin Bennett, the ones written by Marjory Wentworth. Butler especially connects with the selections he nar- rates, and his delivery exudes the joy that Alexander infuses into poems cel- ebrating Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Gwendolyn Brooks, and more. Background music enlivens the pro- duction but sometimes overpowers the narration, making the listener strain to hear the words. For young listeners who want to learn more, biographies of the poets conclude the program. J.M.D. Dreamscape 2.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781974900060 $14.99 A PUP CALLED TROUBLE Bobbie Pyron Read by Kirby Heyborne Narrator Kirby Heyborne brings verve and wonder to the story of a coyote pup who from the moment of his birth has had a propensity for exploration. Trouble's wandering spins out of con- trol when a vehicle is involved, and he finds himself alone in New York City. Without being able to see the North Star, how will he find his way back to his family? Heyborne maintains the tension with good pacing. His voice rises and falls when humans panic as the coyote appears in unexpected places. Heyborne's portrayals of the story's other creatures—crow, owl, possum, poodle, and fox—have quirky, endearing person- alities. Listeners will cheer as they help mastermind Trouble's return to the wild. The author's afterword provides factual information about wild creatures that live in the vicinity of humans. A.R. Harper Audio 4.25 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780062820969 $17.99 GRANTED John David Anderson Read by Cassandra Morris Cassandra Morris invites listeners into a world of magic and wonder with her beau- tiful narration of Anderson's latest story. Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is a Granter, a fairy who has the revered job of making human wishes come true. Morris's youth- ful voice paints a confident and ambitious Ophelia, whose obligation to follow the rules often stifles her heart's inner voice. On Ophelia's first mission outside The Haven, she encounters a variety of animals and humans, all expertly voiced by Morris. Sam, a loyal stray dog who is characterized by warm and steady tones, is a sharp contrast to Ophelia and her headstrong comments, making the pair's unlikely friendship especially charming. This heartwarm- ing coming-of-age tale with its captivating narration is sure to have listeners wishing for more as the story comes to an end. V.C. Harper Audio 7.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780062820907 $20.99 Cassandra Morris invites listeners into a world of magic and wonder. 64 n AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com Children & Family Listening

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