!!> Reading ➶ Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library ➮ Author Chris Grabenstein – Writerscompany.co.uk

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU EVERYONE WHO LIKED THIS I FEEL LIKE DONALD SUTHERLAND IN INVASION OF TEH BODY SNATCHERS YOU ARE ALL PODS It gets one star because it has the word LIBRARY in the title I like libraries.But Chris Grabenstein does not At least, he doesn t like libraries qua libraries His version of an ideal library is like being floo powdered into World of Warcraft then spiked with Disneyland and dosed with Ritalin The book talks the talk about the awesomeness of libraries but then shows don t tells that libraries need to be TV The characters are pancake flat The dialogue is crawl under the rug lame I was a mature enough parent that I did not suggest a drinking game involving doing a shot every time Miguel Fernandez said bro, BUT I THOUGHT IT The whole enterprise just seemed so CYNICAL, a naked ploy to sell books to librarians by sucking up to them while actually pulling the beeping flashing green screened wool over their eyes It depressed me It name dropped a zillion book titles without ever conveying the transformative joy of simply READING.We read this at bedtime my 12 year old and I hate bonded about how bad it was while my 9 year old was utterly transfixed, so take that as you will Also, the 12 year old and I figured out really early in the book what the means of escape was going to be so having to WAIT FOR IT was maddening I don t know This Edition Has A New CoverKyle Keeley Is The Class Clown, Popular With Most Kids, If Not The Teachers , And An Ardent 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 Building Of The New Town Library.Lucky Kyle Wins A Coveted Spot To Be One Of The First 12 Kids In The Library For An Overnight Of Fun, Food, And Lots And Lots Of Games But When Morning Comes, The Doors Remain Locked Kyle And The Other Winners Must Solve Every Clue And Every Secret Puzzle To Find The Hidden Escape Route And The Stakes Are Very High.In This Cross Between Charlie And The Chocolate Factory And A Night In The Museum, Agatha Award Winner Chris Grabenstein Uses Rib Tickling Humor To Create The Perfect Tale For His Quirky Characters Old Fans And New Readers Will Become Enthralled With The Crafty Twists And Turns Of This Ultimate Library Experience. If you like your reads to be partially interactive, this one s for you The interaction is done on the reader s part, so you can decide not to take part of the game and still enjoy the book, but by playing along with the characters, you become even invested I honestly did not care to play the game along with the characters, because it slowed the pace at which I was reading, but in hindsight, I think I should have, because the rebus is an important element of the story.Still, I found this to be highly addictive and simply a breath of fresh air There s always something going on in the story, and there s a clear progression in regards to both the storyline and game I enjoyed seeing the later divide people, only to bring them back together later in the game.The characters aren t complex, but I wouldn t accuse them of being one dimensional It s true that we lack background on them except for a This was a super fun read I loved trying to solve all the puzzles and clues along with the characters, but aside from that I had a few problems with it Of course, this book is written for 8 12 year olds, and the writing definitely reflected that Because the plot was so fun, it was easy to ignore the inconsistencies in the characters, and their one dimensional natures, but now that I m finished I can see those issues clearly.Overall, a very entertaining, easy read I recommend it Just Lately I have been on an easy reading kick I think I get this way every late winter That being said, my kids had this book from the library for a reread and told me it is a great book and I should read it I give this 4.5 stars because it is a great kids book, but to paraphrase my daughter, nothing is as good as Harry Potter Escape from Mr Lemoncello s Library is a fun book for middle grade kids The town of Alexandriaville, Ohio has not had a public library in 12 years, and millionaire toy maker Luigi Lemoncello has sponsored a new, state of the art library For a grand opening he has invited 12 twelve year olds to spend the night and then take part in a survivor type game to escape from the library The winner will get to star in his tv commercials Our protagonist is Kyle Keeley the younger brother to overachieving Curtis and sports star Mike Lost in their limelight, Kyle finally has his turn to shine as he takes part in the library escape As he forms an alliance with his friends, Kyle works to solve Lemoncello s clues in order to win t This is a messy, loud book crammed full of one note characters, dizzying book references, and an illogical plot There is no nuance, no suspense, and no character growth This is the story of a puzzle, not the story of the people solving it much to the book s detriment The Westing Game would be a better choice in fact, it s entirely possible that book was name dropped in this one There were so many awkward book ref This gets 5 stars because I couldn t put it down and wanted to cancel plans with friends just to finish it Escape From Mr Lemoncello s Library is the modern day Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, just without creepy oompa loompa s and it takes place in an awesome library Twelve kids are selected to stay overnight in a library, but little do they know they are being entered into a game to see who can find a way out Winner gets prizes galor Whenever I see a book about a library, I tend to order it for the collection at my library This was one of the best things to come from this whim Perfect for both the reluctant reader and avid bibliophile, Escape From Mr Lemoncello s Library had me hooked even as an adult.Twelve 12 year olds are selected for an overnight experience at their new public library Little do they know, this is actually a set up for the time of their lives When the overnight is over, they find themselves locked in Their only hope is to figure out the clues and piece together the puzzles in order to win the ultimate prize.Kyle was a great character Realistically flawed yet a good role model for readers The peripheral characters were also charmingly well developed and really added to the story Plus, where to even start on the setting It was spectacularly fantastical, mixing just enough eccentricity in with reality to make it extraordinarily possible I only hope kids aren t disappointed when their own libraries aren t quite as amazing which is a mostly sarcastic observation.I loved the seamless way learning was woven into the story There is so much to discover about Dewey classification, the help librarians offer, and the fun that reading can be Grabenstein s description of the kids getting caught up reading about Sherlock was almost tangible This is children s literature, but it s not lazy in the least Yet it s also completely You know, I think Grabenstein missed an opportunity to have a great book instead of just a good one The puzzles and mysteries were fantastically well placed and a lot of fun to try to solve alongside Kyle and his friends, and I liked the positive teamwork message the book had to send As a librarian, I absolutely adored the positive library portrayal, the fact that it was a place that was fun and exciting and the clever way the Dewey Decimal system was used in the book But to an extent, it seemed like that was where Grabenstein stopped trying with creating the puzzles and mysteries the children had to solve and with incorporating the library aspects He stopped short of fleshing out the char What a wonderful, imaginative, and creative story This book totally reminded me why I still love to read children s books After several years without a city library, a new wonderous library has been built by an ecentric, quirky billionaireMr Lemoncello Kyle and his school friends are familiar with Mr Lemoncello as his company has made many of their favorite boardgames, including Mr Lemoncello s Indoor Outdoor Scavenger Hunt At school, they write essays for a contest the winners get to see the new library before anybody else It s the adventure of a lifetime For me, this story was reminiscent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with a library theme instead of a candy factory The characters are fun and quirky.and there s lots of book references and library goodness Fun story I was delighted to find out that there is a television movie version, streamable on Hulu I m going to watch it as soon as I post this review Following my rule Always read the book first I m not quite sure how they are going to capture the magic


About the Author: Chris Grabenstein

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is a 1 New York Times bestselling His books include the LEMONCELLO LIBRARY series, the WONDERLAND series, and many fun and funny page turners co authored with James Patterson You can visit Chris at ChrisGrabenstein.com.


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