From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Delilah D. is convinced that she is the queen of a faraway land. Her prosaic mother insists that she is from "here," whereas her father is too busy to ask. When the new au pair takes Delilah and her little brother to the library, Gigi parks herself at a computer, leaving "Library Anne" to supervise the children. Delilah shouts, runs, climbs shelves, etc., all the while insisting that that's what's done in the libraries where she is truly from. Library Anne is depicted as part babysitter, part rule-making spoiler, and although Reeve puts her in pink polka dots and fishnet stockings, she is merely a slightly updated version of the old stereotype. Exuberant, quirky children are better captured by Lauren Child's "Charlie and Lola" titles (Dial), and there are any number of picture books that depict libraries as exciting places that don't need unsupervised children to enliven them.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Delilah likes to tell everyone that she is from a land far, far away. When she is at the library, "Library Anne" tries to help her find a book about this mystical place, which Delilah reveals is somewhere between Jafrica and Smindia. This British import starts off well enough, but Delilah, an Eloise-like character, eventually grows a bit wearying, and it's too bad Library Anne veers off into stereotype mode as she continually admonishes Delilah to stop shouting and running. On the other hand, anyone who has ever worked in a children's room can see where Anne is coming from. What will attract kids are the candy-colored pages showing children reading books and using computers and Delilah's love of books. Michelle Knudsen also takes children to the library in her Library Lion
(2006). Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved