A quiet young bunny longing for adventure becomes involved with a band of elite rabbits dedicated to safeguarding the royal family of England.
With his “narrow shoulders, his scrawny body,” and “red eye patch worn to correct his squint,” Shylo appears weak and feeble but aspires to be “clever and brave.” His secret pal, Horatio, an elderly, battle-scarred rabbit who’s barred from mixing with Shylo’s community, fills Shylo with stories about the Royal Rabbits of London, a secret society beneath Buckingham Palace that protects the royal family. When Shylo overhears three “big, greasy, menacing rats” with cameras discussing a map that reveals a secret tunnel to the queen’s bedroom, where they plan to take a compromising photo of her in her nightie and sell it online for 1 million pounds, Shylo tells Horatio. The old warrior quickly dispatches him, with detailed instructions, to warn the Royal Rabbits. Following a secret tunnel and hiding in vegetable crates, Shylo arrives in London, where he makes contact with the Royal Rabbits and, propelled by his desire to be brave, uses his wits to thwart the ratty scheme. An eccentric cast of secret operative and commando rabbits plus lively black-and-white illustrations add a comic flair.
A humorous, fast-paced adventure with a surprisingly engaging and inspiring hero who discovers “anything in the world is possible.” (Animal fantasy. 8-12)