In the tradition of Grambling's earlier books, the young narrator of this persuasive text finds logic in every possible reason to achieve his objective. If only every library had a woolly mammoth. He would learn how to write and apply for a library card, learn not to thump or bellow (it's against the rules), shelve books on the topmost shelf, help check out books, and perhaps provide a soft spot to read for the youngest visitors. At the storybook costume party, he would also make a great "Little Red Woolly Hood," complete with enormous red cape and a basket with checkered napkin. A succession of illustrations captures an old-fashioned small-town library, the enormity of a sensitive cartoon mammoth, and the humor of the ridiculous in each watercolor painting. Text in bold emphasizes the narrator's insistent voice to the final page, as readers are invited to imagine the possibilities of yet another unusual addition to the library staff. For lovers of woolly mammoths and impossibly fantastic "whoppers," and readers in all libraries, this is a welcome purchase. --School Library Journal
About the Author
Lois Grambling grew up in Union, New Jersey. Her first vivid childhood memory is of getting her very first library card. She remembers not being able to write, but the town librarian was kind enough to say she could "read the name that was printed on the application." With that wonderful new card in her hand, Lois found a whole new world opened up to her. Every Saturday was spent in the children's section in the library where she would load up on armfuls of books to take home with her--a habit she has not yet kicked. Lois grew up and after graduating with a B.A. from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, she received her Masters from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. She became a teacher and later, after some retraining, a school social worker in the Binghamton City School District. As a writer, Lois was a late bloomer. It wasn't until her first grandchild, Lara, was born that Lois was inspired to put pen to paper. She had so many things she wanted to tell her very special granddaughter. So, every Saturday, just like checking children's books out of the library, she wrote and wrote and wrote. Her stories spring from her memories of her childhood, the childhood's of her two sons, and now of her grandchildren. "Watching your words being transformed into a book," Lois says, "is an exhilarating and magical experience. But an even more exhilarating and magical experience is to someday, somewhere see some child reading that book! Trust me! That will truly make your cup runneth over!" Lois lives in Binghamton, New York, with her husband. Judy Love lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her two sons, Matt and Tom. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she has illustrated numerous children's books, including First Day Jitters and Last Day Bluesby Julie Danneberg.