Monday, April 20, 2015

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstien

Title: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Series: Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Yearling
Published Date: June 24th 2014
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery
Page Count: 336
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:
Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games—board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

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My Review:

"Like you said, this is just a Move Back Three Spaces card. A Take a Walk on the Boardwalk when someone else owns it. It's a chute in Chutes and Ladders.
A detour to the Molasses Swamp in Candy Land!"


I really did enjoy this book, but I do wonder if a middle grader will feel the same.

I loved how Grabenstein made libraries sound like such a magical place.
"Using a library can make learning about anything (and everything) fun," he wrote. "When you're in a library, researching a topic, you're on a scavenger
hunt, looking for clues and prizes in books instead of your attic or backyard."
I would love for there to be a library like this. I mean who wouldn't want a mannequin to be able to tell you your family history, or to see a lion walking through the animals' section. This is the stuff of every kid's dream, plus there were even technology references and some social media references as well (but I really didn't see the point of them, as I don't feel like 12 year old's should have a Twitter/Facebook).

While I see a lot of other people didn't really like the ending. I found it to be a good one, and it had been leaning towards that from the middle.

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