Happy Birthday Melvil Dewey (December 10, 1851)! In honor of Dewey’s (the man behind the Dewey Decimal System, a classification system still utilized in libraries today) birthday, let’s read a book about books. Chris Grabenstein’s Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, a youth fiction novel, includes fun, games, riddles, book references, and the Dewey Decimal System all set within an incredible state-of-the-art library. Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System is not required to love this book, but one will certainly finish this book with understanding of how to navigate their local public library.
Mr. Luigi Lemoncello, famous billionaire game maker, has decided to kindly donate a brand new, high-tech, futuristic library to his home town. This library is one-of-a-kind featuring not only the standard library finds but an IMAX theater, instructional holograms, interactive dioramas, a Wonder Dome (with giant screens that continuously change), and electromagnetic hover board ladders that will float you up to the book you are looking for. Any library lover will be envious of the patrons who have access to Alexandriaville, Ohio’s new public library.
Kyle Keeley is one of the lucky twelve year olds chosen to enjoy a lock-in, overnight stay in the library before it opens. However, after a night of fun, the students wake up to find that the library remains locked. They are unable to leave or escape, that is, until they solve the mystery that Mr. Lemoncello has set out for them. The students must solve riddles, follow clues, and unravel puzzles, all book, Dewey, and library-related, of course, in order to locate the hidden escape route. An even bigger prize awaits them at the end of said route. Will the students figure out the mystery?
Literary nerds, library lovers, and book worms of all ages will enjoy collecting the clues and piecing together their library knowledge to solve the puzzle. If you love the library or love riddles, this is a book for you. This novel is a great read to introduce students or older children to the library, the way it’s organized, as well as brush up and test your own familiarity with the library. Readers will leave with a deeper understanding of classic literature, the ability to better navigate the nonfiction section, and perhaps, a desire to read even more!
The second book in the Lemoncello Series, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, is being released in January 2016.
Search for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library in the VBPL catalog.
The following books are whimsical, mysterious, and offer readers a fast-paced narrative:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
- Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Review by Madelyn K.