Marlon Bundo’s Hop Around Washington

The Pence bunny learns about the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance
April 16, 2019 Updated: April 16, 2019

Marlon Bundo is back. The cute black and white bunny, who in his debut book spent a day with Vice President Mike Pence, this time takes a few hops around Washington, discovering what makes America a special place.

The newly released “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Nation’s Capital,” is written by Charlotte Pence, the daughter of the Vice President, and illustrated by her mother, second lady Karen Pence (Regnery, $18.99).

Marlon aka BOTUS (Bunny of the United States) lives at Number One Observatory Circle on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington—the home of the vice president and second lady. He happens to have his own Instagram account, where he can be seen hanging out with Hazel the cat or cuddling with Charlotte.

Marlon is an inquisitive bunny, and his curiosity is piqued as he hears visiting school students recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and he wonders what words such as “justice” and “liberty” mean.

What’s a bunny to do? Marlon sets out to visit spots such as the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Lincoln Memorial.

There are some fun musings along the way (“I think it looks like a pencil,” says Marlon, looking up at the Washington Monument), and some touching visits too.

“It was sad seeing about people who fought in wars and who died, but they did it for us,” my 9-year-old said about Marlon’s visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

With Marlon as their guide, the book gently offers kids a peek into America’s principles. It would also make a good read for children who are about to visit Washington.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the art therapy programs at Tracy’s Kids, Riley’s Hospital for Children, and A21, a non-profit whose mission is to abolish human trafficking.

“Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Nation’s Capital” (Regnery, $18.99). (Courtesy of Regnery)