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Library Lion Hardcover – Illustrated, July 25, 2006
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This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime - SLJ
Knudsen's gentle tale of a revered yet welcoming community destination will ring true for many readers. Hawkes's (Weslandia) evocative, soft-hued acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a timeless feel, depicting a cozy book-filled haven that any story fan would love to visit, rules and all.
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When it arrived he was so thrilled. We started to read it together right away, I had never read it before, or even heard of it, but it was fantastic.
It was exciting, the writing wasn't too wordy, but it was still written without being too 'young'. It was poignant, the look on his face, and mine, during a downturn part was just emotional. And the turn around? This really is a classic.
I don't want to reveal too much, but Library Lion is an instant favorite. Plus, it was wonderful to read aloud.
Later on, Miss Merriweather was shelving books with the lion when she slipped off of her stool and fell to the ground. The lion tried to help, but couldn't figure out what was wrong. He ran to Mr.McBee's office and roared as loud as he could to get his attention. Instead of seeing what was wrong, he scolded the lion and sent him out of the library. Mr. McBee went to Miss Merriweather's office to find her laying on the floor. Miss Merriweather got her arm fixed by the doctor, but the lion, dejected by Mr. McBee's yelling, once again left the library. Miss Merriweather became sad that the lion had stopped coming again. Mr. McBee sensed Miss Merriweather's sadness and went looking for the lion. He explained to the lion that he still shouldn't roar in the library except in case of an emergency. Happily, the lion came back to the library and everyone, including Mr. McBee, was happy that he did.
My daughter received this book as a Christmas gift and she loves it. The pictures are bright and detailed, and the story is interesting. Being a librarian myself, I can only imagine what I would think if a lion walked through my door. I only hope that if one did, he would be as nice and helpful as the one in this story.
I give this book my highest recommendation. It's easy to see why it has won various children's book awards. The message that it carries is a good one, too; sometimes, it is ok to break the rules.
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The only things I'd say to be careful of are the two pages where the lion roars with a big open mouth and my daughter (2 yrs) was a bit frightened by it. She's over it now. I'm sure older children wouldn't mind. There is a lovely hug at the end which makes it all better.
It may be considered a little long for a nighttime story but well worth it .
It's a great story, my 10yrs, 8yrs and 5yrs loves this book and we have read it loads of times since we bought it.