- Age Range: 3 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Series: Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689861702
- ISBN-13: 978-0689861703
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the Library Lights Go Out (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–Three puppets enjoy a nighttime adventure in a library after hours. Amiable and amusing full-page illustrations, done in oils on paper, capture a sense of being alone in a big space and convey the warmth of wood tables and shelves full of books, but the text provides only an impressionistic and sketchy plot. Hermit Crab is missing from the puppet box after the librarian leaves, and Rabbit, who has been steeped in fairy tales, decides that she has been taken by a giant. Lion, more stolid and practical, finds a map that seems to point to landmarks within the building, but it tears as the friends pull at it. Lion folds the pieces into a boat, a sail, a captain's hat. Endearing as these puppets are to look at, they are frustrating to read about. The story reads, even aloud, like one improvised with puppets in hand: long on action and dialogue but with too many moments that pull against the center. Some of the magical elements seem inconsistent as well: Lion and Rabbit can sail the paper boat across the floor in the moonlight (the clock), but then dine on the remains of a real baloney sandwich and toast marshmallows over a lit match (in the library!!!). Overall, an appealing concept that doesn't quite live up to its magical promise.–Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD
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PreS-Gr. 2. After the library closes for the evening, story hour puppets Rabbit and Lion search for their puppet-friend Hermit Crab. Armed with a map, a flashlight, and a picnic salvaged from the "ucky-blucky" trash can, they explore the dark library, afraid that giants may have eaten their friend. When they become lost, Lion makes a paper boat, and they sail across the library--into a rock that talks, which turns out to be Hermit Crab, on his own adventure. Then the three friends share a late-night snack "and read themselves to sleep under the stars." Softly colored illustrations show the puppets enjoying their after-hours freedom but apprehensive about what might be hiding in the library's dark corners. A charming story, with special appeal for children who are convinced their own toys come to life in their absence. Karen Hutt
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Top Customer Reviews
What this book is instead is a tale of two puppets (who we're never sure if are the library's puppets for children's storytime or someone's lost property as they start out in the lost property box where you wouldn't store library property) and their search for another puppet. Pretty boring story which also glorifies the destruction and vandalism of library items which means no school or public library is even going to be able to use this as a basic plot and expand upon it with their own story and questions on things you find in the library. The storyline is pretty weak (I mean where do puppets get a torch and food for a picnic from). Illustrations also indicate the author/illustrators haven't been to a library in as long time. Either that or their local library is severely neglected and under funded and they can't discard or update their material. The stack of books they are sitting on at the end contain books which are dog eared and the pages yellow.
Very average book, give it a miss. A much better picture book about set in a library which also has a lion if that's why you picked this up is Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.
The dialog is so poorly done that I think it insults a two-year-old child--it did mine. Even the charming Rabbit couldn't turn this book into a winner in my little daughter's rabbit-loving heart.
"I did," rabbit said. "Oh," lion replied. "Did you see that?" rabbit asked. "See what?" lion replied. This is not a quote from the book but it IS how the book reads. It sounds like a second grader (maybe a first grader) wrote the dialog.
Summary: This one isn't even worth risking a late charge on your library card because you forgot you had it at home and didn't return it on time.
Lion, not appreciating all the noise tells Rabbit to be quiet. Rabbit is afraid that Hermit Crab is lost. Maybe he has been eaten by a hungry giant? Lion agrees to help find their friend so with a flashlight and picnic in hand off they go. Finding a map see a "park," "water" (mat) and a "bridge" (table). When the map rips in three places Lion gets creative and makes a boat, a sail and a captain's hat.
"Tick, tock, tick" Oh no, the giant's hearbeat! Will they ever find Hermit Crab?
This is a delightful story for young children. In fact we all enjoyed it!
I highly recommend this book for young, imaginative readers.