Monday, November 18, 2013
Weekly Book Post: Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein, is a fabulously delightful book. Thoroughly modern but with an obvious love for classic children's literature, Mr. Lemoncello owes a big hat tip to Willy Wonka (and this is referenced and acknowledged in the book).
A town without a public library is suddenly getting one, thanks to an eccentric billionaire who has made his fortune on games - both board and video. Children are selected to attend the grand opening, and are then locked in (with parental permission granted) and set to trying to escape the library, following all sorts of clever clues to find the way out. Despite no real danger, the plot is still plenty exciting. It's also funny and full of sly references to classic boardgames and children's books.
Boardgames and Books, and Libraries! What's not to love?