A story-loving tot’s desire for bedtime reading to last longer leads him to try his hand at being an author.
Little Brown Bunny’s obliging family takes turns reading “just one more” book to him until the supply of stories runs out. The disappointed tyke comes up with the genius plan to write his own story, a long one: “Then storytime will last all night.” But a trial read-aloud with his stuffed dinosaurs reveals that his book is not nearly long enough. So, he makes the rounds among his friends, hoping to get some story ideas. Little Owl is an outer-space fan, Little Mouse likes anything about cheese and Little Wolf enjoys pig tales. The rewrites take the rest of the day. When Little Brown Bunny finally gathers his family for his first author’s reading, he is so exhausted that he falls fast asleep. Edgson’s artwork combines the bright colors, sweet facial expressions and adorable animal characters that are common fodder in bedtime tales. But Little Brown Bunny’s enthusiasm and persistence come through loud and clear—one can almost imagine that his tongue is sticking out of his unseen mouth as he hunches over his book, pencil in a tight grip.
Corderoy may be on to something here—Little Brown Bunny’s transformation from listener to author could prove inspiring. (Picture book. 3-7)