A bunny who loves books finds a cunning way to build his own library.
Bunny has loved books ever since he heard the lady with red glasses reading to kids outside of the library. But when summer is over and storytime is moved back inside, Bunny is bereft. He needs stories! The solution—the library book drop! He is able to wriggle inside the library, where the shelves are bursting with books—better than a field of fresh carrots. Plus, he can take books home with him by dropping them back through the book drop. He returns to the library each night, and soon his burrow is overrun with books. Help arrives when his friends join in the nighttime raids: Porcupine, Bear, Squirrel, Raccoon, Frog, Mole, and Mouse. Things are going well until the librarian, a young, brown-skinned woman with cornrows, catches the animals in the act one night. “All libraries have rules,” she admonishes but then gives them each a new library card so they can borrow and return the books. Voilà, the titular book club is born. The cover image of the animals reading in and under a tree is enticing, and the cozy illustrations are appealing. The humans included in the pictures are nicely diverse, and the book design is clever with a book pocket and card on the endpaper.
A sweet salute to reading. (Picture book. 3-5)