Friday, April 17, 2020

Don't Check Out This Book by Kate Klise - ADVISABLE

Don't Check Out This Book by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise 160 pages. Algonquin Young Readers (Workman Publishuing) 2020 $17.00 Content: G.



A new librarian has started work at Appleton Elementary School! It's been a while since they've had a librarian - in fact the library is currently full of old desks and chairs so the librarian must set up the library in a closet. The favorite books are those with Green Dots - you don't have to check them out, just borrow them and return them when you are ready - a bit unusual, but the librarian feels these might be books the students want but are shy about checking out. The President of the School board doesn't like it! In fact, she would like to have the librarian fired. Good thing there are a few 5th graders who are investigative reporters - they'll get to the bottom of what is really happening.

In typical Kate and Sarah Klise style, "Don't Check Out This Book" is told in letters and notes and memos. I loved the people's names referred to either their personality or job - the librarian is Rita B. Danjerous, and the guy who owns the apple orchard is Cy Durr. Nevertheless, an entertaining read with a lot of humor and a lovely nod to librarians. 

Lisa Librarian  

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