Children’s Book Committee – November Pick
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House, 2013
Twelve kids must rely on their knowledge of board games, books, and puzzle-solving to find hidden exit in Mr. Lemoncello’s dream library.
Our young reviewer says:
A millionaire game designer named Mr. Lemoncello has an essay writing contest for the kids at the local elementary school. The winners get to go to his brand new, state-of-the art library and spend the night. At the end of their stay, there are secret clues placed around the library and if they want to participate they can try to escape from the library. The winner gets a prize. I liked the main character, Kyle, who is funny and interesting because he is always talking about his humorous experiences. Also you get attached to him, and you want to see if he is going to win or not. This book was really creative because the library had crazy contraptions that I liked, such as the magnetic elevator that goes up the shelves and simulation games that teach you about history and science. On a scale from one to ten, I would give this book a ten!
-Niko, Age 10, Wainscott, NY