Author & Illustrator – Emily Mackenzie
Release Year – First published in 2015
Publisher – Bloomsbury (UK)
Age group – 3-6 years
Available on – Amazon India
Some rabbits dreamed
of lettuces and carrots.
Others dreamed of flowering
meadows and juicy dandelions.
But Ralfy was a little bit different…
Ralfy dreamed about books.
Ralfy rabbit loved books. He read them all the time. His love for books soon became an obsession and he began stealing books from other people’s houses.
One day, a boy named Arthur noticed empty spaces in his bookshelf after his favourite book went missing. Arthur sat out one night to find out who was stealing his books. He spotted Ralfy rabbit and informed his mother and his teacher but both of them did not believe him. He called up the local police station and gave the rabbit’s description to the inspector.
That night, Ralfy landed up at the inspector’s house to steal the books. The inspector woke up in time and caught Ralfy red-handed. When Arthur came to know Ralfy stole books because he couldn’t get enough of them, he felt sorry and introduced him to the place called ‘library‘ from where he could borrow lots and lots of books to read.
Both, Arthur and Ralfy, became book buddies at the end.
My Review –
The title of the book is intriguing for who can think of a rabbit as a book burglar. The ‘WANTED!’ poster on the back cover is witty and is sure to cause some amusement.
Ralfy rabbit and Arthur are the characters every bookworm will identify with. Ralfy is a bookworm who is always reading. He likes getting lost ln the stories and can’t have enough of books to read. Arthur is a bookworm who gets anxious when his books started disappearing, For the bookworms, their books are their treasure and nobody can be at peace if their treasure is stolen.
The inspector’s character is shown diligent in his job in the manner he takes down Arthur’s description of the burglar although he does not believe and laughs out loud. And he does catch the rabbit. His method of identifying the culprit is unique by running a Con-veggie-belt (similar to a conveyor belt) with veggies and books for the criminals lined up. Lining up criminals for identification has to be a compulsory fool-proof procedure. Now, you can guess how Ralfy is identified as the burglar.
The twist in the ending with the crime thriller kind of plot turning into a tale of empathy gives out a positive message.
The illustrations are simple, bright and comical going well with the light nature of the story. One can’t miss the ‘I love books’ written on Ralfy’s T-shirt.
I loved –
The most interesting part is Ralfy makes book lists. The bunny take on the books’ names in his lists is a clever attempt.
- Alice in Wonderland becomes Alice in Warren Land.
- Around the world in 80 days becomes Around the field in 80 days.
- Gone with the Wind becomes Gone with the carrots.
- Wuthering heights becomes Wuthering carrots.
These are not all. There are a total of 25 book names. The book lists may not appeal to the little readers except for its concept but the adults are surely going to have a lot of fun going through the lists. There are even carrot ratings for books.
My Verdict –
The children are sure to love this adventurous story. And so will the adult bookworms who are going to find a bit of themselves in the story.
Read it to your little bookworms and have fun!
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