Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chrris Grabenstein

16054808The story begins with Kyle playing a game of  Mr. Lemoncello's, Indoor-Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with his two older brothers.  This results in Kyle getting grounded for a week, because busting a window to get into the basement and find the last piece you need to win a game isn't cool with your dad. Immediately, I felt myself getting drawn into the story, the game sounds so cool, looking for a dogs chew toy, banana peel, and solving a riddle to figure out which coins you need to find, tons of fun.  The next day at school, Kyle and his friends find out that the new library being built is having a contest for an overnight stay and a $500 gift card for any of Mr. Lemoncello games. Well, Kyle knows that he just has to win one of the twelve spots because Mr. Lemoncello is his favorite game maker.      

 Once inside the library, Kyle splits off into a team with his friend Akimi and soon Sierra and Miguel seem to join as well. I really enjoyed that Grabenstein changed the point of views from one character to the next, because it kept me following along with the puzzle clues and gave insight into who's playing fair and who isn't.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library is the kind of book that has a little bit of something for everyone.  It includes the Dewey decimal system, literary references and quotes like "an open book is an open mind."   I think children would enjoy reading about the Holographic librarian, big screen HD displays, IMAX theater, game room and of course solving the clues to see who can win the game if they can "find their way out of the library using only what's in the library."  Overall, it gave me the vibe of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but with way more puzzles and games.   

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