Bunny's Book Club

illus. by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. 40p. Doubleday. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553537581.
PreS-Gr 1—For book lovers, there is nothing better than a day snuggled deep in a comfortable chair reading a new book from the library. In this cozy tale, several woodland animal friends discover the pleasures of just such a day thanks to a bunny with a passion for books. Bunny falls in love with books during the warm days of summer when storytime is held on the library steps. Soon, Bunny is transported to faraway places and is experiencing the world—as captain of a pirate ship and ruler of a kingdom—as never before. When storytime moves inside, Bunny is bereft. To satisfy his hunger for books, Bunny returns to the library at night and learns that although the library is locked, the book return slot is open. Before long, Bunny spends all his time reading, and his friends are mystified by his absence. When Bunny divulges his secret, eight of the woodland friends sneak into the library together and are caught by the librarian. Rather than being busted, they are given library cards. So begins Bunny's Book Club. Silvestro's debut picture book is a love letter to the pleasures of reading and libraries, and Mai-Wyss's colorful illustrations are endearing and comforting—who wouldn't want to be friends with this group of open-minded and curious pals? There are cute details throughout, including a re-creation of an old library pocket on the inside cover of the book.
VERDICT A pleasant addition for large picture book collections.

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