Saturday 10 January 2015

{Review} Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie

22524036Posted by Donna
Release Date:  December 18th, 2014
Finished Date: December 12th, 2014
Publishers: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Ages: 3-6 years 
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn't just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime!

A wonderfully funny story from a talented new author/illustrator.

The Review: Ralfy Rabbit loves books. Rather than doing the normal things that rabbits should be doing, Ralfy Rabbit can’t stop thinking or dreaming of books and he reads as much as possible. Eventually it gets to the point where Ralfy Rabbit starts taking other people’s favourite books for himself. Until a boy called Arthur spots him and Arthur is determined to stop Ralfy Rabbit.

As a parent I really loved the premise of this book. As a fellow book lover myself, I can completely understand how Ralfy Rabbit feels. I want new books all the times. Even when I have a million to read already it doesn’t stop me from buying more. So I loved that I could connect to Ralfy. My daughter who is 4 years old couldn’t. I noticed that when we read this story she quickly lost interest and was easily distracted. I just don’t think she appreciated Ralfy’s story as much as me and I think maybe this story was a little ‘old’ for her mainly because it’s quite a lengthy story. It is only 32 pages but the story it quite long compared to some of the other stories we’ve read. It took about 10 minutes to read it. This is why I think this story may appeal to slightly older children (5-6 years). 

Even though my daughter didn’t enjoy as much as me, I still did. I thought the illustrations were perfect for the story and had so much detail to brighten up the story. I especially loved the police line up where each rabbit had their own I HEART BOOKS t-shirt on.  And I liked that Arthur could sympathise with Ralfy Rabbit and in the end, ended up helping Ralfy Rabbit. 

In all, this may not have been a hit with my 4 year old but it certainly was with me and it’s a story that I will try again with her in the near future.

3.5 stars! 

Thank you to Bloomsbury Children's Books for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 


Megan McDade said...

This sounds like a cute book for kids.

alessya said...

I`m buying this one for my nephew! :)

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