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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Paperback – June 24, 2014
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A New York Times Bestseller
Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2013:
“An ode to libraries and literature that is a worthy successor to the original madman puzzle-master himself, Willy Wonka.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2013:
"Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at and references to children’s book titles, this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike."
"Pick up Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library for your kids to discover the coolest library in the world." —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library...is fantastic. It is one of the best books I've read, ever, and that is saying something because I am a librarian. The game, gaining understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, all the name dropping, or should I say, title dropping of so many other great books that will encourage the kids to read more, and more and more . . . it all works. I will recommend it to children and adults alike. It is that good." —Julie Forbus, Madison Public Library
About the Author
Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, The Island of Dr. Libris, and the Welcome to Wonderland series. He is also the coauthor of several bestselling series with James Patterson, including I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, and Jackie Ha Ha. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, JJ, two cats, and a dog named Fred. Visit him online at chrisgrabenstein.com, and follow him on Facebook or on Twitter at @cgrabenstein. Don’t miss the third Lemoncello adventure, Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, coming in October 2017!
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Don't hold the fact against him that Mr. Grabenstein used to write in James Patterson's book factory. We found this book to be an absolutely delightful, engaging read. Grabenstein is clearly big on libraries as centers of discovery, learning and community. Twelve twelve-year-olds, who have never been in a library due to their town's library being torn down twelve years ago, compete to go to the grand opening of Mr. Lemoncello's library. Once there, they find themselves locked in and are told that their goal is to use the library and all its resources to discover a hidden exit for a grand prize. Mr. Lemoncello is a great game-maker and some of the clues come from his games, while others come from the ten Dewey Decimal Rooms, a holographic librarian and holographic creatures, and pictograms hidden in books.
Grabenstein cleverly reinforces the idea that reading is, itself, a rewarding activity, and those who take time to focus on the process are rewarded more than those who try to take short cuts. He also emphasizes such values as loyalty, team-work, and respect. Titles of many famous children's books are sprinkled throughout Mr. Lemoncello's conversations and the clues. There is also a puzzle not in the story that can be solved and sent into Mr. Grabenstein for a chance to win two libraries of books. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library is a fast read. Mr. Grabenstein also does a very good job of creating distinct characters. None of the kids feels like a carbon copy of the other; they're all fleshed out in ways that help you get a sense of what motivates them.
Kyle Keely is the biggest class clown in the class. He gets grounded for breaking a window to win a board game. He dosn't remember the extra credit assignment his teacher gave him. Wheen he figures out that he could get out of his groundation AND get to spend the night in Mr. Lemmoncello's he quickly writes down these words on a peice.of paper "There might be ballons". He dosn't get in but he emails Mr. Lemmoncello a assignment on the computer. When he gets in the next day Mr. Lemmoncello said to him "Kyle Keely. The boy who proved that the game isn't over till it's over". His freind Akimi Hughes also gets in. But among the twelve smarmy Charles Chilington gets in. At first they play games and a lot of stuff and go to bed. The next day they are awoken by the music from Rocky. When they all go into the reading rotunda they here Mr.Lemmoncello talk. Lemoncello is not just a master game maker billionaire he is
also extremely eccentric. They must escape from the library but the library has a vault door and no windows. Can Kyle Keely and his crew of freinds, Akimi hughes, Seirra Russel, Migeul Ferdinand, and Haley Daley team up to beat Charles and Andrew (The others lost)? Find out in thia amazing book by Chris Grabenstein.
REVIEW BY: Michaela , 12 years, 5 months
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This book was great. Mr. Grabenstein has a way with words. This story drew me in and this is probably my favorite book by Grabenstein.
I don't think I have a favorite character because they are all awesome and complexly developed. If I had to choose I think my favorite would be Mr. Lemoncello because he is super fun and wacky.
Even though I'm only in my early teens, I've read some truly amazing books in my short lifetime and this sadly won't make the cut. Things like Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary (did I spell that right?) and Anne of Green Gables are some of my all time favourites. Spot the difference between this drivel and those classics.
This is just too "updated" for my taste and I don't get why a book this supposedly talks about the joy of reading has the main character as an uninterested "cool, popular kid" who likes to play video games and has never picked up a book in his life. The endless talk of technology got boring and the farting robotic geese made me question my friend's approval. I finished the book with a *at least that's over* sigh.
The reason this gets 2 stars is because I can see how this would appeal to reluctant readers. And, of course, the main theme being "reading books is good" (along with "don't be a jerk" and "having friends is good") derserves a star itself.