Library Lion

Michelle Knudsen, Author, Kevin Hawkes, Illustrator , illus. by Kevin Hawkes. Candlewick $15.99 (42p) ISBN 978-0-7636-2262-6

The library's no place for a real live lion. But what if it was a book-loving beast that followed all the library rules, enforced by head librarian Miss Merriweather? Well, that's a different story—the fun, fantastical tale in Knudsen's entertaining picture book. Library patrons and staff are perplexed and a bit frightened when a lion arrives in the local library, checking out the collection, napping in the children's corner and making himself at home for story hour. But Miss Merriweather doesn't see any reason to expel this mane attraction if he abides by her rules (e.g., "No running!"; "If you cannot be quiet, you will have to leave [the library]"). Soon the furry fellow befriends nearly everyone in the place, and even becomes Miss Merriweather's helpful assistant. One day, Miss Merriweather is in trouble. Lassie-like, the lion gets her some help, and then banishes himself from the place for breaking the rules (he unquietly roars in order to get the attention of one of the librarian's colleagues). Happily, this heroic literary lion doesn't stay away for long. Knudsen's gentle tale of a revered yet welcoming community destination will ring true for many readers. Hawkes's (Weslandia ) evocative, soft-hued acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a timeless feel, depicting a cozy book-filled haven that any story fan would love to visit, rules and all. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 09/04/2006
Release date: 09/01/2006
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Hardcover - 41 pages - 978-0-7445-9859-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-4301-0292-2
Compact Disc - 978-1-4301-0289-2
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-0-7636-3784-2
Hardcover - 978-7-5376-3814-2
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-06666-2
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