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Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published December 18th 2014)
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La Coccinelle
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
I'm baffled by the high rating this book has. The story starts out cute, but ends with a terrible message. I just can't condone books like this.

Ralfy is a rabbit who loves to read. He catalogues all of the books he's read, puts them in categories, makes lists of books to recommend, and just generally needs his own Goodreads account. I did enjoy seeing the rabbit-centric lists of books on his wall.

However, things get questionable really quickly when he starts breaking into people's houses to read
Nola Lorraine
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A nice spin on The Book Thief, but without the Holocaust. Ralfy Rabbit is different from the other bunnies. While they're dreaming of carrots, he dreams about books. He even makes lists of his all-time favourite books and those he wants to read (e.g. The Hoppit and The Adventures of Hucklebunny Finn). The only problem is that Ralfy likes books so much, he starts creeping into people's bedrooms at night so he can read their books. Before long, he starts taking books home without asking.

Nicki Fairman
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great picture book to get children to see reading as an exciting adventure.
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Ralfy Rabbit loves books. Rather than doing the normal things that rabbits should be doing, Ralfy Rabbit cant 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 peoples 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
Fiona Hill
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ks1, picturebooks, ks2
This book is wonderful. Its about a rabbit, who just cant get enough of reading. He has lists of all different genres and even rates them with carrot ratings, just like on here. Great way to encourage children to read for pleasure; as the story mentions all different kinds of books that children could read (cookbooks, poetry, comics etc.), where to go to get books (the library) and the reasons to read too. The illustrations are wonderful bright colours and look as though they have been hand ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rabbit who loves books and discovers the library! Why haven't I read this book before? Loved it!
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute book and perfect for a read aloud in an elementary school library.
Eloise Battey
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a really fun book, however I feel that creating characters, particularly animals, in children's picture book's that LOVE reading is a bit overdone. This didn't stand out to me in the genre of 'books with characters that love to read'.
Megan Bamforth
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great way to encourage children to enjoy books and visit the library. Maybe even use it to encourage children to rate books, and could create a system inspired by this book.
Karen Szymusiak
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

While this book is not a new title (2015) it jumped off the shelf at me when I saw the cover. A Book Burglar! Of course, I wanted to read this book. This story is about Ralfy Rabbit who loves books so much that he tends to steal them from other readers. Of course, he gets caught but there is a solution to his hunger for books and reading.
Read this with my son late last night. Very cute, cute pictures and there are interesting things on each page. My son enjoyed it, even though he guessed the final solution.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Basically an overlong advert for the library
Audrey Perry
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ralfy the bunny loves to read books so much that when he ran out of books to read, he started breaking into houses and stealing books. He steals a book from a boy named Arthur who is very upset and calls the police. The police call Ralfy into the other police station, but there are lots of bunnies that fit the book thief description so they tempt Ralfy by dropping books on the conveyor belt and Ralfy cannot resist. Arthur feels bad that all Arthur wanted was to read, so he offers to go to the ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2016
Another lovely book about a rabbit who loves books -- sounds like me. I could spend all my money on books despite having a huge bookshelf full of books yet to read.
I love the classic books renamed with a rabbit theme!!!
Ralfy can't get enough of books .... and starts taking other peoples .... until a little boy realises and introduces Ralfy to libraries!!!
I wonder how many children who read this book know what a library is!!!!
I remember a year or so ago talking to the Scouts (aged 10-14) about
Lilith Miller-Fermor
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
MacKenzie, Emily Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar. PICTURE BOOK. Bloomsbury, 2015. $17.

Ralfy Rabbit has graduated from reading voraciously to stealing books from all over town. When he steals Arthurs favorite book, Ralfy has met his match. But Arthur likes to read to. Could he share his favorite place for books with Ralfy and stop his thieving ways?

Any child who can never have a big enough stack of books will sympathize with Ralfy. Hes a cute little bunny and Arthur is just the right
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most fun picture books I own! The story is really funny, and incredibly recognizable for any book lover. We all have a little bit of Ralfy in us. My favourite part were the little lists with book titles, they were hilarious (though I read the Dutch translation of this book, so I'm not sure if the rabbit names were similar to the English ones).
A real gem for any family that loves books as much as Ralfy!
In Spanish, it seems "Lili la liebre, ladrona de libros" is a girl bunny, English version has Ralphy, a boy bunny, same illustrations - might make nice side commentary that there are not "girl books" or "boy books". Cute story about a bunny that loves to read so much she/he starts stealing them. In the end, the thief is caught and shown a place where she/he can borrow books for free! It had exactly the ending I was hoping for! :)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute book about a rabbit who loved books. He loved them so much he started stealing them. One of the characters he stole from introduced him to the library.

There is plenty of dialogue: "Well, he was brown, " said Arthur. "With a fluffy white tail.Oh, and he was wearing a T-shirt that said I Love Books."

The illustrations are bright and I'd love to hold a contest about drawing the character.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ralfy is a bunny after my own heart - he just can't get enough books! But I think I draw the line at creeping into people's bedrooms and reading their books while they sleep!
There is nothing this bunny will stop at to get his hands on more and more books, until he ends up in a bit of trouble.
A light-hearted, funny story about the love of reading (and the great treasure-trove libraries are). I highly recommend for book lovers of all ages.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, books-reading
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Stefanie Burns
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rally love books. He even writes lists of the books he reads and rates them. (Could use for a Biblionasium lesson!)
Ralfy steals from another book lover who gets so upset he calls the police. The policeman laughs at him but then Ralfy steals from the police officer and gets nabbed. Ralfy learns about a great tool to help his problem....the library!
Sweet story with lots of details and great illustrations.
Amanda Brooke
You might think that this book is about how it is wrong to steal - but look inside. You could actually use this book to introduce the idea of Reader Identity. Some readers make lists and some readers like several genres. Some readers do not have access to books - how can we get books to those readers?
Mireille Abbots-Vergnaud
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, ks1
This book is about a rabbit that loves books so much he ends up stealing them! But its not long until he gets in trouble... This is a lovely book to encourage children to read and enjoy reading. This is a fun book to read to younger children and the illustrations are brilliant in adding to this fun book! ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Clever book lists- Kids won't get them, but adults will
Alice in Warren Land
The Bunny with the Radish Earring
The hoppit

"Officer Puddle called Arthur right away and told him he had caught the culprint read-handed!

Bloomsbury illustrator from Scotland.
Donna Mork
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bunny loves to read so much he starts stealing books. When he gets caught, they trick him to find out if he is the book thief. Then the boy tells the bunny about THE LIBRARY! He returns all his books and they become book friends. They go to the library together and read.
Christina Reid
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brilliant book for all book-lovers as many will relate to making lists and the excitement of a yet-to-be-read book!
A fun book to share with children as well as a perfect way to remind the wider world of just how special libraries are!
Max Parker
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-2, adventure, moral
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Laura Bennett
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute book where the rabbit has a big passion for reading - however he ends up stealing books and gets into trouble! I couldn't help feeling sorry for the little rabbit - so cute in his 'I love books' t-shirt!
Freddie D
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Things I love:
Books about books
Bunny-related book puns
A staunch endorsement of public libraries

Things I don't love as much:
That this book probably requires an accompanying conversation about how it's not OK to steal.
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