After going to my local library for the last twelve years of my life, you’d think I’d checked out everything there was to be had. But it seems I’m still discovering something new every single day. Today, I wanted to review two very special books which are about the library itself, expressed in the form of children’s picture books! For those of you who have been reading for a while, you will know this is not my first read in which the story takes place in a library or centers on the library, but these are just some of my more recent reads that I thought I’d like to share.
The first is a new take on a classic tale. The Library Gingerbread Man follows the adventures of said gingerbread man as he attempts to escape the library from his section in 398.2, all while being pursued by the librarian and a host of other characters who emerge from their sections along the way. Whether it’s the giraffe from the 500s or Harriet Tubman from 921, no matter who jumps out to catch him, none are fast enough – not even Jim Thorpe from 921! When the gingerbread man get himself stuck up on a shelf and is offered the help of a shady fox, will he accept? Or will his fate be different this time? And what will happen to his book?
Written by Dotti Enderle and illustrated by Colleen M. Madden, this version of the gingerbread man is sure to become a personal favorite, if only because as a library page, I get all the library references.
The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians follows the story of Melvin, who spends most of his time at the Livingston Public Library. For him, there’s a world of knowledge waiting to explore and the library is the best place to help him find out exactly what lays out there in the great wide world. But what Melvin likes most about his library is the people behind the counter. Marge, Betty, and Leeola are the best librarians anyone could ever ask for – at least, he thinks so. When he wants information on snakes, they find him books from five different sections and websites. When Melvin brought eighty-seven specimens of bugs, they categorized all of them. When Melvin started a baseball card collection, the librarians helped find him a price guide and information on baseball. They couldn’t help it. That’s just how librarians are. And when Melvin grew up, he had to agree. He couldn’t help it. That’s just how he was too.
This one I absolutely adored. Carla Morris and Brad Sneed did an great job with their quirky characters and sweet story. As someone who’s grown up with a library five minutes down the road, I can honestly say I relate to Melvin’s experience. One can only hope I’ll end up like him…though you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is.
Chime Time: That’s all I have for you today, shminions, but tell me what part about your local libraries you love the most!