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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's Library OlympicsMr. Lemoncello and the Alexandriaville library champions are back in a second adventure.  Teams across America have been complaining that they were not included in the first set of games.  So Mr. Lemoncello and Dr. Zinchenko devise a new set of games - the Library Olympics.  Teams from all over the various regions of the U.S. made up of library "nerds" are invited to participate.  Kyle and his friends are nervous about defending their title. After all, Marjory Muldauer from the Midwest team seems to know everything about the Dewey Decimal System.  What if they lose?  Plus Charles Chiltington and his mother are trying to gain control of the library.  The games are in trouble when suspicious things begin happening in the library and books start to go missing.  Will Mr. Lemoncello leave Alexandriaville?  If he does, what will happen to the library?

I love how wacky Mr. Lemoncello is in both books.  Throughout the story, titles of other books are interspersed in either the game clues or the riddles the children have to solve.  It is always fun to see a name of a title I have read (or titles to add to my list that I haven't read yet).  At the end of this book, Chris Grabenstein has added a book list of all the titles mentioned in the story (77 of them!).  This would make a great read-aloud in a classroom or a bedtime story. 

Let the reading begin!


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