Grabenstein, Chris Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, 287 p. Random House, 2013. $17. Content: G.
Mr. Lemoncello is a world famous toy manufacturer and Kyle will do absolutely ANYTHING in order to meet the man and play his games. Yes, even write an essay and GO TO THE LIBRARY! GASP! Mr. Lemoncello has come home to the town and help nurture him and his gift is a fabulous new library, filled with great books and fun puzzles. Kyle makes it in to the opening night sleep over, along with his best friend Akimi, some school acquaintances, and the town spoiled rich boy. The next morning holds an even better surprise – Mr. Lemoncello has created a contest – the winner will be the newest spokesperson for his newest products. Kyle and his friends are willing to share the prize, working together to solve the puzzles. Rich boy, however, also has some cohorts and he is willing to do anything to anybody in order to win, lie, cheat or steal.
I know librarians, especially children’s librarians and fans of the Dewey Decimal system will have fun with this. The puzzles are fun to solve and there is an extra puzzle within the pages waiting to be discovered. This is reminiscent of just a good old-fashioned children’s book. This would be fun to read aloud with a third grade class, just for kicks.
EL – ADVISABLE.
Cindy, Library Teacher