Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California. Maggie Smith has written and illustrated many picture books including My Blue Bunny, Bubbit and Beach Day. An accomplished sewist and owner of the Etsy shop Maggierama, she lives in Massachusetts. Visit her online at maggiebooks.com.
When Miss Goose informs the children that the library will have to close because it is in need of repair, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. The first thing they do is check out books (How to Lay a Perfect Roof and Library Painting for Beginners), read them, and accomplish the necessary tasks. However, their problems are far from over. Now the library needs operating money and it has to be moved. Each time, the children turn first to books to guide them toward a solution, until at last the spruced-up library sits cozily in a meadow. The reasons this library is so important to everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens, are woven nicely into the plot. Bunting's style has a graceful simplicity, descriptive enough to be evocative without overwhelming: On rainy days, we stay cozily inside. On sunny days, we lie in the shade of a big whispering oak tree and read. Smith's watercolor and acrylic illustrations are charming and should have most children longing to enter the buttercup-yellow library with the grass-green door. An excellent vehicle for discussing the importance of libraries, books, reading, and teamwork, this one is a winner.--School Library Journal Miss Goose, the librarian, tells her young patrons that the library is going to close forever because it's old. The animals, however, refuse to take that news without a fight. An old roof and shabby weatherboards? The animals find books that give them the know-how to proceed to lay a perfect roof and paint the outside. Although Miss Goose is thrilled, she now worries that it takes money to run a library. After reading about how to make money fast, the kids hold bake and candy sales. Almost thwarted by the next obstacle---Goat owns the library land and wants it back---the patrons realize they can move the building. Championing problem solving and showing that you can learn anything through reading, the message-heavy book may have more adult-appeal than kid-appeal. But the winsome illustrations and can-do spirit will find some fans.--Booklist