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Review: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

March 14, 2014

Mr. Lemoncello's Library

It’s been twelve years since the library closed in Alexandriaville but things are about to change because Mr. Lemoncello, world famous game maker, has donated the funds to build a new one.  He grew up in Alexandriaville and spent a lot of time in the library so he’s giving back to the town.  He’s not building just any library though – the new library will be magical!

To celebrate the opening of the new library, the twelve 12 year olds who write the best essays will get to attend a library lock-in before the official opening.  Kyle Keeley writes an essay at the last minute and still manages to get selected and then the fun begins!

Kyle Keeley and the other eleven students learn all about the library before Mr. Lemoncello presents a challenge to them.  In what just might be the greatest game Mr. Lemoncello has created, the first student to escape from the library will win a fabulous prize.

Oh, how I loved Escape From Mr. Lemocello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein!  Although I hate to compare books, I felt this one has much of the magic of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory only this time it’s about books instead of candy!

Kyle is just a typical kid when he is lucky enough to be selected to participate in the lock-in at the new library.  He’s having a great time with his friends when Mr. Lemoncello announces the ultimate contest.  Kyle wants desperately to win it, not only for the prize but to prove to his two older brothers that he’s not a total loser.  Kyle comes up with a plan and hopes it will work.  I loved Kyle – he’s a good kid, but he’s far from perfect.  It seems that his older brothers outshine him at every turn but he still wants to do well.  I found myself rooting for him throughout the book.

In order to win the prize the kids had to solve a puzzle.  Figuring out the clues with them was a lot of fun!   This will appeal to kids who love mysteries and games.  I have a feeling this book will become a classic and I’m already hoping for a sequel.  I recommend this book to middle grade readers on up!

The audio version of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is expertly narrated by Jesse Bernstein.  It’s on 5 CDs and lasts approximately six and a half hours.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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23 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2014 8:34 am

    I’ll bet my niece would love this book!

  2. Caitie F permalink
    March 14, 2014 8:39 am

    This is one of my favorite middle grade books! It was so much fun to read!

  3. March 14, 2014 9:57 am

    This sounds like fun. and your comparison is probably very accurate.

  4. March 14, 2014 10:35 am

    Every year in our area, an organization called Silicon Valley Reads, picks several adult and children’s authors and books to feature. This book is one of them. These authors make a ton of appearances throughout Silicon Valley – libraries, bookstores, community centers, etc. I haven’t seen Chris or read his book, but it’s a very cool program.

  5. March 14, 2014 11:58 am

    I would have loved this as a kid. I really wanted to spend the night at a library. But who am I kidding- I want to read it now too! The audiobook sounds great.

  6. Patty permalink
    March 14, 2014 12:26 pm

    It sounds wondrous! I love books like this…still!

  7. March 14, 2014 12:55 pm

    This book does sound wonderful! Your review is also wonderful.

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 14, 2014 2:46 pm

    Sounds fun. I like the title.

  9. March 14, 2014 3:09 pm

    I keep hearing positive things about this book. I love the Charlie comparison. My kids would probably enjoy it.

  10. March 14, 2014 3:47 pm

    Sounds great.

  11. March 14, 2014 10:45 pm

    This one sounds like a perfect read-aloud for my boys!

  12. March 15, 2014 7:48 am

    I love Grabenstein’s work, but I haven’t gotten to this one yet. I must make time!

  13. March 15, 2014 5:47 pm

    Sounds like a book for any book lover regardless of age! The lock in at the library sounds awesome, and something I’d love to do. I bet my youngest granddaughter who loves books and puzzles would love this too! I hope my library has this.

  14. trish422 permalink
    March 15, 2014 10:52 pm

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but with books?!? Yes please.

  15. March 15, 2014 11:08 pm

    This sounds like one I would like to share with my grandson. Thanks for sharing your review.

  16. March 16, 2014 10:41 am

    Escape From Mr. Lemocello’s Library sounds like a fun one 🙂

  17. March 16, 2014 3:42 pm

    Oh, I love the sound of this. Looks like adults can enjoy this one too. I’m going to give it a try.

  18. March 17, 2014 9:07 pm

    I want to be trapped in a library trying to solve puzzles!! I love book already and I haven’t even seen it! Thanks for the heads up. I don’t read a lot of kids lit but I might have to make an exception for this one.

  19. March 18, 2014 10:32 am

    This sounds like so much fun especially on audio!

  20. March 18, 2014 5:38 pm

    oh gosh I want this one for myself! forget the Little Guy ~ this could be my kid lit treat 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing ~ I’m definitely downloading this one. I’m all caught up on the podcasts I love and need a new audio!

  21. March 19, 2014 8:47 am

    This sounds great – books or chocolate – all wonderful things! I’m definitely looking for this one!

  22. March 20, 2014 9:36 pm

    I will have to get a copy for my son. Sounds wonderful.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2014 7:03 pm

    Wasn’t this book so much fun? I loved it too!

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