Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Grabenstein, Chris

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
"Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"--Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0375970894
Branch Call Number: J FIC G
Characteristics: 291 pages : illustrations, 22 cm


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Feb 28, 2015

awesome book, must read!!!!!

Nov 18, 2014
  • Ramonaave rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reading this book brought out the kid in me. It's such fun working out puzzles and reading/listening to people play with words. Grabenstein gives a puzzle to solve while playing with book titles, character's names, and phrases from other books. Many of those I've read and some are now on the "new reads" list. I'm still smiling.

Nov 03, 2014
  • momofmaxandruby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you liked the movie, "Night in the Museum". You will love this book. I felt like I was running around the Library, trying to solve the mystery too!

Sep 24, 2014
  • ldewi2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I usually screen books before passing it down to my kids. I could not put this book down. It was very engaging. Full of mysterious twist and turn. This is a book that all kids can relate too, about a game, about prizes, the excitement of finding clues, how to value all friends from different background and knowledge, and of course about friendship. My son (10 year old), carried this book everywhere for 2 days. Loved it!

Sep 02, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had high hopes for this book since I love Willy Wonka, books that take place in libraries and puzzles that have to be solved. Unfortunately, I almost didn't finish the book. The author spent the first 100 pages setting up the story, but he did it with extremely poor writing. I was bored. I didn't understand the plot. I had no feel for the characters. Then, when the kids get to the library, things start to get interesting. The plot is better and I relate more to the characters. I know a lot of students who are not going to wait it out for 100 pages to get to the good stuff.
The plot of this book is basically, What if Willy Wonka owned a library instead of a candy factory. Twelve kids are invited to the new library, get locked inside, and have to use the library's resources to find the alternate exit. A ton of book references are thrown around, but unless a kid is a super-reader, they will most likely not understand most of them. I like how the author dealt with the nasty children--slightly nicer than Wonka did. I enjoyed some of the puzzles. I just wish the publisher expected better writing because I could have truly enjoyed this book.
Would I recommend this book? Maybe. For grades 4-8 and for those who are serious readers.

Aug 12, 2014
  • kjhellman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I greatly enjoyed this fast paced rush to win book. I thought the author did a great job of incorporating the importance of a library in children's lives with the fun & excitement that can be felt there through the reading of books. I highly recommend this book and could see a movie being made. I was not able to solve the puzzle at the end either but plan to read the book again.

Jul 18, 2014
  • JessicaDK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so awesome! One of my fave books!

Jun 12, 2014
  • pjclste rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Almost immediately I felt like this book was a combination of Jumanji and Charlie and the CHocolate factory (which you can see particularly well in the title character). I did, however, enjoy the book and trying to figure out the puzzles. What I wasn't expecting (and I'll admit I didn't find) was the puzzle at the end. Did you find it?

Jun 04, 2014
  • bookfan81 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a fun book to read. It has similar elements of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

Mar 26, 2014

This book is a rip off of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The author tries to be funny and channel Willy Wonka, instead he comes across as annoying. The quest in the library is boring and easily resolved, the characters are conventional, and I never felt vested in either. I would not recommend this book.

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