Take Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mix Well with….
The Mysterious Benedict Society
and you get this delightful mash-up of a middle grade novel…….Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Saying that Grabenstein’s book is reminiscent of those other two wonderful novels is no criticism. Not at all. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library stands on the shoulders of those books (and a few others) in a fun-filled and creative way all its own. The story centers on a 12-year-old boy named Kyle Keeley who, like many kids his age, is a fan of an eccentric game designer, Mr. Lemoncello. It turns out that Mr. Lemoncello is also the master mind designer of a new library in Kyle’s hometown – which happens to be in Ohio! To celebrate the new library, Mr. Lemoncello designs the ultimate game: 12 kids locked in the new library who have to find their way out!
If you’re looking for a book to give the voracious young reader in your house or classroom, this is it. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library takes place in a fantastical library – and it includes loads of references to other books. Finding them is a game itself. Here’s one: .
Mrs. Daley raised her hand. “Will they get paid?”
“Oh yes. In fact, you’ll probably want to call me The Giver.”
A puzzle-filled adventure with references to the Dewey Decimal System, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library belongs on every book worm’s shelf.