Monday, March 3, 2014

Books That Make the Library Fun

Does your child like games?  What about puzzles?  Does solving a mystery appeal to them?  Well today they are in luck.  This book has all that and it's set in a library.  Really ... what is not to love.  If an author can make using the dewey decimal system a key to winning fabulous prizes, well then really anything is possible.

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Title:       Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Author:   Chris Grabenstein

Target:    Grades 4-7

Series:     No

What this book is about:
Mr. Lemoncello is the local owner of a toy empire.  When the library in town was torn down twelve years ago, Mr. Lemoncello took it upon himself to build a new one.  Now this new library has to be as fantastical as his games, with just a many twists, surprises and puzzles as he can get away with.  As part of the opening night festivities, a group of twelve year olds have the chance to stay in the library overnight.  The catch (and there always is one) is that they have to find their way out in the morning by solving a set of puzzles.  The winners will get wonderful prizes!  Now just how far are some contestants willing to go?

Why I love this book:
First of all it was quite a treat to have an author create excitement and intrigue around a library .... and the dewey decimal system to boot!  Who would have thought it could be done?  I love that it broadens kids imaginations as to what I library can be, and especially in a time when the role of libraries is changing.  The author does this without being preachy or boring but by creating a wonderful world and a game within it.

I also loved the messages about teamwork.  The best way to win in this game is to work together.  A nice message for kids.

Who this book is for:
This book reminded me quite a bit of the Gollywhopper Games, so kids who enjoyed that book are sure to find this one a hoot.  There are also some similarities to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  But most of all, kids who like mysteries and puzzles with love this book.  The fact that it takes place in a library is just a bonus!

Final thoughts:
I always thought the library was a magical place when I was growing up, don't judge me ... ok yes, I was a little nerdy.  This book absolutely captures that magic in a fun and exciting way.

To purchase this book:
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