Written by Sandy Asher
Illustrated by Keith Graves
Publisher: Philomel Books, 2005
ISBN #: 0-399-23978-2
Rabbit lives a life much like a hermit. He spends his days working around his home taking care of himself, and looks forward to settling down at night to read by himself. His quiet life is interrupted by a frog who wants to hear Rabbit's bedtime story too. Soon, Frog wants Rabbit's snack, his pillow, and soon, Frog brings his entire family to enjoy Rabbit's story. Frustrated, Rabbit sends everyone away only to soon learn, he liked having someone hear his stories, and being alone isn't everything it's cracked up to be.
My Thoughts About This Book:
I love any story that involves sharing the joys of reading with others, and this book has quickly become one of my favorites. I plan on starting my library classes next school year so students can see why it is better to share books with friends. I like how this story also teaches students to see the importance of having friends and sharing what you have with others. Keith Graves's fun illustrations add humor to the story, and let the reader know how Rabbit feels about Frog's intrusions. The illustrations also help the reader be sympathetic with Rabbit when he realizes he rather liked sharing his home and stories with Frog and his family.
From School Library Journal: "The humorous illustrations create empathy for Rabbit but also for Froggie, who is genuinely delighted to listen to a story. The varied facial expressions lend credence to the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words." The simple text may say "but before he could begin, there was that knock-knockety-knocking again!" but the horror on Rabbit's face is priceless. A fun story that celebrates reading and standing up for oneself."