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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein

16054808Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Chris Grabenstein
2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780375870897
Genre – Adventure, Puzzle
Age – Middle School
2.7 Stars

The new Alexandriaville library is opening, and to celebrate they are holding an essay contest. Twelve lucky winners will be chosen to have a sleepover before the library officially opens. The first twelve have been chosen, and the lock in commences. It is full of fun and games, but just when the party is about to be over, the real puzzle begins. Each child has the chance to win great prizes if they compete in an enormous puzzle, they must try to escape the library!

The idea of this book is clever. It is a haven for those who like riddles and puzzles, and it should be heaven for those who appreciate the library. The puzzles are fun, and I love the idea of spending the night in the library, especially if I don’t have to work! However, I felt like all of the factoids and lessons about the library and the Dewey Decimal System were cliche and forced. Although there was a lot of cleverness to be had, the library information was lacking. It’s as if abruptly mid sentence one would say “PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Nonfiction books are in order by subject headings as categorized by the Dewey Decimal System.” On another note, I listened to the audio book, and while I really enjoyed some of the quirky accents for the adults, I grew to despise the annoying nasally voice used for some of the children. Speaking of the children, I just didn’t like most of them, they were obnoxious, and lacked any interesting characteristics. But there were a couple of gems, unfortunately, they were not the most prominently featured. As a children’s librarian, I wanted to love this book, but I found that it was just okay.

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