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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Paperback – June 24, 2014
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This story of 12 kids who get to spend the night the the new library and are then invited to compete in a game where they must "escape" within 24 hours to win a fabulous prize is one that will surely be a favorite of kids everywhere. It is already one of my favorites. I can't wait to re-read it.
I plan to use this book in the coming school year with my 4th and 5th grade classes. Whether we use it as a "book club" or a "read aloud", I know they will love it.
We highly recommend it (I'm sure up to 12 year olds would like it, too, maybe even older.)
I think the problems I had with this book rose primarily from my sky high expectations. I wanted more. It had its witty moments, but the humor stayed on more of a whimsical level throughout the story. I really wish the author could have incorporated more character development. All of the characters were rather two dimensional and clichéd. I would have had much more fun if the villain would have been just a wee bit sneakier and the good guy just a bit more real. Mr. Lemoncello himself was under-utilized. I wanted to hear more from him! I also found it odd that one of the games played by the students in the library centered on adult authors instead of children's book authors. It stood out since all the other games and puzzles concerned children's books. These however are the petty concerns of an adult reader.
This is an excellent choice for young readers grades four through seven, especially those who already enjoy books and libraries.Read more ›
I thought there was a lack of actual puzzles for a book that promises many. All of the characters in this book are severely underdeveloped (one just reads all the time, one's the bully, the main character "Kyle" is the nice guy, and then there is his friend that just says "yo" and "bro" all the time). Dialog between characters is weak, making it feel like the whole story is haphazardly put together and rushed. There is no step-by-step systematic way that characters collect their clues. They are just running around like chickens with their heads cut off. The library itself is unrealistic from its hologram librarian and white tiger to its hovercraft-style elevator. The famous game designer and library builder, Mr. Lemoncello, is just a clown of a man in banana shoes that squeak when he walks. If I were a nine year old again, I would think that was pretty dorky. Apart from the way he dressed and his annoying way of sporadically speaking in book titles, he had nothing else going for him.Read more ›
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The main character is trying to escape the library in a short amount of time with his friends,but will he make it in time?!? To find out read "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.Published 3 days ago by Kakari Vantas
The puzzles will entertain upper elementary and middle grades, while the pacing will keep mod elementary students entertained. Adults will enjoy the literary references.Published 4 days ago by Karen
Chris Grabenstein did it again!
Full of puzzles, clues, and knowledge, this is a must read! Worth every penny!! Read more
A fun-filled book full of adventure and suspense, Mr. Lemoncello's Library is a book I would recomend to practically anyone. Who will win? How will they win? Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nathan
My first student who read this book can't put it down! He managed to make it through the book in only 2 short days! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was great! If you don't have a good book, you should get this book. It is lovely. Great readPublished 21 days ago by Frequent shopper