Marlon Bundo, a black-and-white rabbit, helps out Grampa—the vice president—on what is represented as a typical day.
From “freshly brewed coffee” delivered by the Naval Enlisted Aides to “one little prayer before bed,” Marlon Bundo narrates the day’s events. In the West Wing, Grampa and Marlon start off with “the most important meeting…. / That’s the one with the president!” Then they head to the Capitol, “where Grampa presides over a vote.” (Which tie-breaking vote is not mentioned, so readers can imagine whether it’s confirming Betsy DeVos, gutting the Affordable Care Act, or some future controversy.) They then meet with “people from across America” with “questions and problems. / And Grampa helps answer each one.” Then it’s back to the Naval Observatory for a quick squint through its telescope, a phone call from “the president!” and a quiet reading of the Bible. Karen Pence is a competent watercolorist, creating double-page spreads that depict Marlon Bundo hopping through clearly recognizable, famous scenes. Save a white Secret Service agent who’s shown opening Grampa’s limo door, humans are depicted mostly as feet or hands, none of them of color. Charlotte Pence’s verse is frankly execrable, torturing syntax and introducing nonsensical detail in order to maintain rhyme and meter. Additional information is offered in three pages of notes misleadingly labeled “resources.” Proceeds go to A21 and Tracy's Kids.
Anodyne at best. (Picture book. 3-7)