Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Library Lion - Michelle Knudsen (Illus. Kevin Hawkes)

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian is very particular about rules in the library.  No running allowed.  And you must be quiet.  But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do.  There aren't any rules about lions in the library. 

It turns out, though, that the lion seems very well suited for the library.  His big feet are quiet on the library floor.  He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour.  And he never roars in the library -- at least not anymore.

But when something terrible happens, the lion helps in the only way he knows how.  Could there ever be a good reason to break the rules?  Even in the library?  

Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes offer an affectionate ode not just to rules and when to follow them, but also to that wonderful place -- the library.

(Summary from book flap - Image from, edited)

My Review:  In a library, you must follow the rules.  You must not run.  You must be quiet.  When a lion enters the library, people aren't quite sure what to do.  After all, there are no specific rules that prohibit lions, and so the lion stays.  He wanders the aisles, rubbing up against the books, and even sits in on story time, quickly learning that it is not appropriate to roar in the library, even if one is sad that story time has ended. Eventually, the lion makes himself rather useful, dusting the shelves with his furry tail, licking envelopes, and helping children reach the highest shelves, and always providing a comfy backrest during story hour.  One day, the head librarian gets hurt and the lion must roar for help, which begs the question -- Is there ever a time when it is okay to break the rules? 

I am a fan of all things library -- that is where I got this book, after all -- and anything that encourages a love of reading.  Library Lion's creative storyline and adorable illustrations are sure to engage readers of all ages.  The lion is expressive, which is always fun as there is nothing cuter than a sheepish lion. It also carries a useful lesson -- there are times when it is okay to break the rules.  Thankfully, the book is also just the right length to make a perfect bedtime story -- and one that parents won't get sick of reading again and again.  

My Rating: 4.25 Stars

For the Sensitive Reader: All clear.

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