This British import should provoke laughter to be shared by librarians and their young patrons. After a wordless introduction showing a small child checking out a book and happily taking it home just before Christmas, there are 12 double-spreads--one for each month--as the miscreant prefaces a series of tall-tale excuses for the book's delayed return with the reiterated ""Sorry, Miss Folio. . ."" Some of the excuses are painfully familiar, many are satisfyingly funny; and as the librarian's patience visibly wanes--and is renewed by a summer vacation--the cumulative effect is hilarious. In a final excuse, Santa makes off with the book; he is later seen returning it, at last, to the librarian. A delightful celebration of the joys of one book, loved not wisely but too well. The cartoon-style illustrations are just right.