I found Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein to be a fun Willy Wonka type of book. The adventure/game the kids experience as they try to escape from the library and the mannerisms/quirkiness of Mr. Lemoncello is all very reminiscent of Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Book nerds aka kids that LOVE to read will love all of the book references through out the book. Kids that love puzzles will love trying to solve the puzzles in this book. There are even a few puzzles that characters don't solve, and the author says if you solve them to email him. I love that he's inviting the reader to interact even more with the book. How fun is that?!
Mystery readers will also love this book. Honestly, I'm pretty sure this is a book for everyone. I mean, one of the characters references their fun/game in the library to the Hunger Games. She says, "It'll be like The Hunger Games but with lots of food and no bows or arrows." It's just a book everyone can enjoy. Plus, it is completely clean.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 Stars b/c it has a great pace, fun story that sucks you in as a reader, you find yourself intrigued with the puzzles and you interact with the characters and book trying to solve the puzzles, there are relatable characters, and it's a book everyone (boys, girls, young and old) will enjoy. Plus, the story takes place in a library and talks about how amazing libraries and reading is. Of course I'm going to love that. I honestly thought it was an all around fun book, and it would make a fabulous Christmas gift (only $6 on Amazon).
I often found myself wishing I could go to this library and play the board games the characters play which are all designed by Mr. Lemoncello. The games sounds fun. The library sounds fun. The book is all around fun.
Give it a read.
Amazon had the following book review:
"The world's most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has just designed a brand-new, state-of-the-art library in his hometown, and he's invited 12 lucky seventh graders to stay the night just before its grand opening. Avid gamer Kyle Keeley jumps at the chance to meet his idol and see a real live library. After the previous library's demolition, this is the first library this small town has had in 12 years. Kyle is elated when his essay is chosen, and he gets to be among the first to wander the halls of one of the most interactive libraries ever. Kyle and the other contestants have 24 hours to find a secret exit out of the building and win a spectacular prize, and when the doors shut, the games really begin. Love of literature is a must if you want to escape. Librarians will fall in love with Mr. Lemoncello's library. This title is filled to the brim with witty literary references, an education on the Dewey Decimal System, and zany word puzzles. Narrator Jesse Bernstein expertly brings to life each character from the whimsical Lemoncello to the pretentious bully Charles Chillington. Insatiable readers who pick up on all the references will adore this book, as will general puzzle and mystery enthusiasts. The antics are similar to Patrick Carman's Floors while the puzzles are relatable to Blue Balliet's Chasing Vermeer."
As always, what did you think? I LOVE to hear your thoughts.