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McPhail (When Sheep Sleep) returns to themes of friendship and cooperation in this serene picture book, which is divided into four vignettes. Budgie, an overalls-clad bear, and Boo, a bunny in a vest and pants, share a cozy cottage and are able gardeners ("Boo's vegetables were the tastiest, and nobody grew flowers as beautiful as Budgie's") and "the best of friends." A leak that surfaces in the "Morning" section is fixed during "Afternoon," and the pair takes a moonlight stroll in the final segment. In the story's funniest sequence, a well-intentioned Budgie brings Boo-who is attempting to fix the leaky roof-a rake, shovel and hoe before Boo exclaims, "This is a roof, not a garden! What I need is a hammer and some nails." Pastel hues dominate McPhail's pen and ink and watercolors, which reveal obvious mutual affection between the friends; bucolic spreads open each section. Though the text is somewhat pedestrian and the pacing occasionally jarring, the placid setting and characters' tender interactions make for a tranquil bedtime read. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.