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Library Lion Paperback – Picture Book, June 25, 2009
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"Knudsen and Hawkes pick a perfect setting to express the idea that breaking rules can sometimes be a good thing." — Kirkus Reviews
"Even the toughest readers will crumble under the appeal of these bunnies." —Kirkus Reviews
"It’s rare to find a book that will appeal to both the lovers of monster trucks and the kids who go into raptures at the sight of a fuzzy little critter; this is that book."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"A warm, gently funny reminder to chase down one’s dreams, rather than waiting for them to appear on the doorstep." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From favorite picture-book creators Michelle Knudsen and Matt Phelan comes a story about one little girl and the perfect monster she knows is out there . . . and what happens when she decides she’s waited long enough.
From the author of the best-selling Library Lion comes a funny, heartfelt picture book about embracing the unusual, green scales and all.
With sly humor and a subtle tug at the heartstrings, Michelle Knudsen hatches a story about learning not just to tolerate, but to love what is different, while Andrea Wesson’s endearing illustrations bring the tale to life with quirky details and offbeat charm.
—New York Times Book Review
This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime and a first purchase for every collection.
—School Library Journal, starred review
Knudsen's gentle tale of a revered yet welcoming community destination will ring true for many readers. Hawkes's (Weslandia) evocative, soft-hued acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a timeless feel, depicting a cozy book-filled haven that any story fan would love to visit, rules and all.
Knudsen and Hawkes pick a perfect setting to express the idea that breaking rules can sometimes be a good thing.
Appealing. . . . Children will easily see themselves in the wild lion, who yearns to explore and enjoy the library but worries about the constraining rules.
A beautiful book that is sure to be shared and wept over again and again.
—The Bloomsbury Review
A picture book treat for any library lover.
—Nancy Pearl Book Reviews, KUOW Radio “The Beat"
Sweetly celebrating all things bookish and guaranteed to tickle young readers’ funny bones.
Kevin Hawkes’ illustrations are a brilliant fit, rendering the lion’s softness and a modern library seen from a child’s eye level.
There are lessons here about making assumptions, breaking rules and taking care of friends.
—San Francisco Chronicle
The happy ending will leave a smile on children’s faces whether they read it themselves or hear it as a read-aloud.
—Kansas City Star
The delights of a small-town library come to life in this charming tale.
An old-fashioned, heart-warming storybook.
Written and illustrated in the orderly style of mid-20th century classics such as Andy and the Lion, the story’s special charm is in the characters.
With masterful subtleness, [Hawkes] evokes emotions and movement around this magnificent furry lion.
If you can buy only one book this is the one.
—Daily Herald, featured in "Good Reads for Kids"
A very gentle book with a good word to say about breaking the rules.
—Detroit Free Press
Graceful details add to the retro feel of this utterly delightful book. Curl up at your favorite library with this winner of a tale!
This beautifully illustrated story will be a joy to read over and over again with your little cubs at bedtime.
—Houston Family Magazine
This is a book parent and child will enjoy again and again.
—About Family Magazine
About the Author
- Lexile measure : 470L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076363784X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545202824
- Dimensions : 8.81 x 0.19 x 10.25 inches
- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (June 25, 2009)
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When it arrived he was so thrilled. We started to read it together right away, I had never read it before, or even heard of it, but it was fantastic.
It was exciting, the writing wasn't too wordy, but it was still written without being too 'young'. It was poignant, the look on his face, and mine, during a downturn part was just emotional. And the turn around? This really is a classic.
I don't want to reveal too much, but Library Lion is an instant favorite. Plus, it was wonderful to read aloud.
Later on, Miss Merriweather was shelving books with the lion when she slipped off of her stool and fell to the ground. The lion tried to help, but couldn't figure out what was wrong. He ran to Mr.McBee's office and roared as loud as he could to get his attention. Instead of seeing what was wrong, he scolded the lion and sent him out of the library. Mr. McBee went to Miss Merriweather's office to find her laying on the floor. Miss Merriweather got her arm fixed by the doctor, but the lion, dejected by Mr. McBee's yelling, once again left the library. Miss Merriweather became sad that the lion had stopped coming again. Mr. McBee sensed Miss Merriweather's sadness and went looking for the lion. He explained to the lion that he still shouldn't roar in the library except in case of an emergency. Happily, the lion came back to the library and everyone, including Mr. McBee, was happy that he did.
My daughter received this book as a Christmas gift and she loves it. The pictures are bright and detailed, and the story is interesting. Being a librarian myself, I can only imagine what I would think if a lion walked through my door. I only hope that if one did, he would be as nice and helpful as the one in this story.
I give this book my highest recommendation. It's easy to see why it has won various children's book awards. The message that it carries is a good one, too; sometimes, it is ok to break the rules.