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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561456217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561456215
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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…an entertaining read…White's brightly colored, squashed and squiggly full-bleed illustrations match the tale for good goofiness. Pro-book and library quotes on the endpapers and multiple punny book titles in the illustrations add an extra touch of fun. --Kirkus Reviews

…The airbrushed illustrations are filled with rich colors and provide wonderful perspectives… The book is pun-filled as a result of the characters' names and some of the book titles that appear in the colorful images. Bibliophiles who prefer to read books the old fashioned way rather than on Nooks or Kindles are likely to smile at all the tributes from children about the merits of real books… --Reading Today online, Aug. 1, 2012

…On the picture book front, Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White (Sept.), is the sequel to 1994's The Library Dragon, which has sold around 137,000 copies and is still going strong, says president and publisher Margaret Quinlin. 'Librarians love the book and many use it to introduce the library to first graders. Many dress up like the dragon.' Of the sequel, she said, 'It's been coming for a long time' noting that the author and illustrator have been working on it for six years… --Publishers Weekly online, BEA mention, June 14, 2012

...an entertaining read...White s brightly colored, squashed and squiggly full-bleed illustrations match the tale for good goofiness. Pro-book and library quotes on the endpapers and multiple punny book titles in the illustrations add an extra touch of fun. --Kirkus Reviews, 7/15/2012

...Eye-catching airbrush art...allows readers to enjoy additional searches for humor in twisted book titles, spoofs on tech terminology, and plot or text similarities with the fiery original. Written with a love for the printed word that spreads to quotes on endpapers, this title will find a following with Miss Lotty s fans. --School Library Journal, October 2012

About the Author

Carmen Agra Deedy is a New York Times bestselling author and has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books, including 14 Cows for America, The Library Dragon, The Yellow Star, and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives.

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Format: Hardcover
The battle to keep books in the libraries is neither purely fiction nor fantasy. It's very real. Citizens Defending Libraries is in the thick of this fight. See the following article about what is happening in New York City. (And I love having the same name as the illustrator!) Saturday, September 14, 2013, Empty Bookshelves As Library Officials Formulate A New Vision of Libraries: A Vision Where The Real Estate Will Be Sold Off . [...]
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By Library Girl on September 6, 2013
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Who doesn't enjoy a funny book. Kids love sequels to books and The Return of the Library Dragon does not disappoint. A wonderful addition to any classroom library.
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My daughter loves this book and i even bought the second one. She has read it over and over again. She loves how funny it it.
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This book was cute, it showed kids what an older library was like. We have not read the first book, so I can't compare the two. We read the book in the middle of a huge library, with tons of technology all around us. This specific library has a quiet room that is a "technology free zone", so the kids related to "No Tech Tuesday" at the end of the book.

I enjoyed how the kids in the book talked about the size and shape and smell of real books. We read books electronically and "in real life", and my kids always have preferred the feel of a solid, paper-made book. Some kids have never read an electronic book, so they might not understand the difference.

Overall is was nice read.
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This was fun, I guess. It's an ode to how wonderful books and libraries are. (I loved the endpages with plenty of pro-library quotes.) As expected, the new librarian reassures the retiring library dragon that she'll care for the books, and won't get rid of all paper books in favor of technology. I was sad to see the anti-computer message. There's definitely some technology bashing in this book. Cybrary? I don't think anyone has used that term, except for a brief while at the turn of the century. It's not an either/or dichotomy with e-books and paper books. You can have both! I don't think that fully came across. You know what sticks in my craw about this book - it makes you feel bad. Like even if you are a book lover, you don't love them enough. Who needs that kind of guilt trip?
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