Mayor Bunny’s Chocolate Town by Elys Dolan

Published by Oxford University Press, 2022.

Mr Bunny is back… and this time he’s running for mayor. Coop Town needs some urgent repairs and the chickens want to elect a mayor to help spearhead the work. Mr Bunny, however, sees the mayoral election as a chance to extend his influence and get others to do his bidding. He enters the campaign trail with gusto. He promises to make Coop Town great again. At first, the chicken electorate is wowed by Mr Bunny’s promises of new chocolate houses, parks and swimming pools – as well as his bold claim that chocolate will repel hungry foxes.

But Mr Bunny is just power-hungry; he has no real intention of helping the residents of Coop Town. He wages a dirty tricks campaign, pedalling lies, challenging truths and discrediting his rival – Debbie, the sensible and honest chicken. He runs on a false manifesto, making election pledges that he has no intention of keeping. On election day, he even resorts to bribing the electorate: chocolate hats for votes.

Mayor Bunny’s Chocolate Town is brilliantly funny. The illustrations are fabulous and packed with so many witty details. Running alongside the main story, there are a number of sub-plots focused around the minor characters. The speech bubbles let us in on some hilarious conversations between the chickens. The book will appeal to both adults and children alike and withstands multiple re-reads. Adults will see the parallels with recent real-world political elections and children will love the humour.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 2+

Thank you to Oxford University Press for sending me this book to review.

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