One of your favorite kids' library branches in NYC just welcomed a new member to its literary family.
You'll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed upon your walk through the garden at the Park Slope Library, aka Knuffle Bunny's new home. An 18–inch bronze statue of Mo Willems' popular picture book character—a Brooklynite in his own right—has been fastened to the bench where he anxiously awaits storytime for kids.
“The Knuffle Bunny books were created as an ode to the small stories that are the building blocks of a family’s grand narrative and to the idea of Brooklyn,” Mo Willems said during the unveiling. “That these small stories have now become a physical part of Brooklyn is an honor that cannot be expressed in words."
One of the many beloved kids' books about NYC, Knuffle Bunny takes place right in Park Slope and has earned superstar status in the children's lit realm. It follows little Brooklynite Trixie, who embarks on errands with her father. All is fine and dandy...until she realizes her cute cottontail is missing in action. Will they be able to retrace their steps to the laundromat and get the rabbit back in the paws of his rightful owner?
It was only fitting that Park Slope sculptor Chad Rimer turned this plan into reality. The next time you and the kiddos are in need of a new read, stop by outside and pay this lil' fella a visit!