Originally issued in 2018, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo has become an LGBT classic aimed at adults as well as children. It revolves around the titular character of Marlon, a lonely white bunny who wears a colorful bow tie and lives with his family — Mom, Grandma, and Grampa — at the U.S. Naval Observatory. That’s because his grampa is the Vice President, Mike Pence. But as he cheerfully quips “this story isn’t going to be about him, because he isn’t very fun. This story is about me, because I’m very, very fun.” He’s hula-hooping below the commentary, so readers know they’re not dealing with the average District of Columbia bunny.
Marlon is about to have a very special day, although he doesn’t yet know it. He wakes up — alone — as usual, eating breakfast and watching Bunderson Cooper on BNN. Again, all alone. Then he hops out to the garden to admire the flowers and greet his bug friends Phil and Dennis – which is when he sees him: a brown bunny with a bushy tail and wearing glasses. Marlon is immediately enchanted, his heart hopping in joy.
Marlon introduces himself to the brown bunny, whose name is Wesley. They spend the day hopping around the garden, all through the house — even the kitchen — and a few boring Vice Presidential meetings with Very Boring People. As they’re lazing next to the fire that evening, Marlon realizes how much he’s enjoyed the day and tells Wesley he doesn’t want to hop without him ever again. Wesley feel the same way, and they agree to get married and hop together forever.
Their friends are excited when they announce their engagement, but suddenly the Stink Bug — who bears a startling resemblance to Mike Pence — shouts from his podium that Marlon and Wesley can’t get married. Boy bunnies, he declares, only marry girl bunnies. It doesn’t matter which bunny they love — that’s the way it’s always been. Marlon and Wesley are different, “and Different is Bad.”
That’s when all their friends realize there’s something different about them too — Mr Paws the dog sniffs butts, while Pumpernickel the badger eats his sandwiches crust-first, and Dill Pickle the hedgehog reads the end of a book first to make sure it’s not too sad for him. Together, they all realize that different isn’t bad — it’s what makes a hedgehog, badger, or bunny special — and they can decide who’s in charge by voting. So they vote out the Stink Bug and Marlon and Wesley get married, with all their friends in attendance.
And after Marlon carries Wesley over the threshold, the two snuggle together as they watch Wolf Blitzer, looking very lupine, on BNN, getting ready for their bunnymoon. Because stink bugs are temporary, but Love is Forever (especially with a little gray bunny bouncing between Marlon and Wesley).
The book is simply dedicated For every bunny who has ever felt different.
The audiobook has an all-star cast:
Marlon — Jim Parsons
Wesley – Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Stink Bug – John Lithgow
Other voice actors include Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul Charles. All proceeds from the book and audio go to the Trevor Foundation and AIDS United.