Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book! What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it? Look for brand-new BONUS material in the paperback, including a GALLERY of literary characters, a discussion guide, a behind-the-scenes look at Chris’s process, and more!
“Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun.” —Booklist
“A science-based variation on the theme of fictional characters being brought to life. [A] satisfying read.” —Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a huge fan of Chris Grabenstein's fiction for children, but I must admit this one was a bit of a dud.
The premise pulled me in: a boy visits an island where characters from literature come to life. They interact with Billy, the reader, but also with each other. This makes the story far more interesting.
Billy is joined by the boy next door, Walter, and together they form a bond. Both are awkward in their own ways, but they complement each other.
My only complaint is the character Dr. Libris. He's pretty much out of the picture until the end of the book, when he appears for two pages and takes off again. While there he proves himself to be a real jerk, not the brilliant inventor of technology to revolutionize reading. I would have rated the book a 3.5 if Dr. Libris wasn't such a disappointment.
Final thoughts: this is a cute story and a fast read, but it just didn't grip me in the end.
Personally, I would have given at least 20 stars. Best storyline ever. With so many classic characters coming back. All you need is a little imagination. (Ben 10.5 years).
I have had so much fun reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library to 4th and 5th grade classes that I knew I had to read this book. I was not disappointed. I can't wait to introduce next year's class to this new adventure. Billy is such a creative yet believable character, I'm sure he will be loved by them all. The clever way that Grabenstein weaves in snippets of classic books again will surely stimulate great reading and writing. Thanks, Mr. Grabenstein.
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