Can someone love reading too much? This is the story of how one book lover gets himself into a pickle through his passion for books.
While other rabbits are doing the normal things rabbits do, Ralfy Rabbit’s appetite for books leads him to a life of crime. He loves books so much that he sneaks into his neighbors’ houses to read them, stealing his favorites along the way. When young, white, redheaded Arthur, another bibliophile, notices that his most beloved books have started disappearing from his shelves, Ralfy’s pilfering days are numbered. Arthur wants to stop the book burglar. This rascally rabbit is caught “read-handed” when his next victim is, unfortunately for him, Officer Puddle. The police lineup to identify the culprit is hilarious. Ralfy’s punishment fits the crime, and justice is served with compassion. MacKenzie combines story and illustration with brightness, action, and intrigue, keeping the pace moving while endearing this fluffy burglar to readers. Much of the illustrative humor is geared toward older bookworms, with famous titles adapted to long-eared persuasions: Warren Peas, for example, and The Rabbit with the Dandelion Tattoo, ensuring that adults will stay as engaged as little listeners will.
This will be a raving favorite for fans of books about books as well as older readers who can appreciate the library humor. (Picture book. 4-10)