Monday, August 25

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
Written by Carla Morris, illustrated by Brad Sneed

My rating: ★★★★★

ISBN: 978-1561453917
Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd
Date of publication: March 31, 2007
Age: 4 years and up
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Themes: libraries, learning, growing up, acceptance

Melvin practically lives at the library. And he knows the three librarians there can answer any question he has, whether it be about insects, geography, or playing an enormous eggplant in the school play. All growing up, those three librarians help him until the day finally comes where he leaves for college. Will he be gone from the library forever more?

Okay, this one is a little older, but the reason I'm reviewing it now is because a patron just told me about it. She actually told me about it in about the most flattering way possible: she compared me to the librarians in the book. So of course I HAD to read it. And discovered she had paid me a HUGE compliment because these three librarians are awesome. They're always quick to help Melvin, show him tricks of the trade, and are genuinely happy to see him. The illustrations are brilliant--and so detailed! Sneed painted the actual covers of the Caldecott winners displayed on a library shelf. Totally legit. So I love it. I love all the library-ness of it. A good one for storytime for sure.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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