Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75 / 5 stars)
Audio Book Performance: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5 Stars)
Total Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.85 / 5 stars)
Kyle Keeley is your normal 12-year old boy. He likes playing a wide variety of video and board games, while he hates reading. So why would he care about the new library opening in town? But then he learns that Mr. Luigi Lemoncello, the creator of some of Kyle’s favorite games, is also the primary benefactor of the new library, Kyle is determined to be a part of the lock-in on opening night. But…just like all of Mr. Lemoncello’s games…there’s a surprise! When morning comes, all twelve kids are still locked inside the library…and they have 24 hours to escape and win an amazing prize!
In a story reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Night at the Museum, and other classic tales, we venture with Kyle and his friends Akimi, Miguel, and Sierra as they try to escape the library and win. Along the way, they are presented with challenging puzzles and cheating classmates that bring their biggest talents to the head. No one’s skills are left unturned, and each child is quickly presented as a valuable member of the team.
The lessons in Mr. Lemoncello’s Library are the types that many children can take as they read the story. Teamwork is preferred, selflessness is rewarded, and cheaters are villainous. In addition to these lessons on teamwork, an innate curiosity about local libraries and reading is planted throughout the pages. While children will be swept away by the magic of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, they will also (hopefully) want to venture to their own library as well.
This is overall a fun story that children will enjoy. In fact, I had fun listening to it as well. Yes, it is predicable, and some pieces are a little dated (for instance mentioning the PS3 and some books that might not be popular bookshelves today), but overall it is a fun-take on a Willy Wonka styled story. Will I pick up the sequel? Perhaps one day. While it’s not on the top of my reading list, it is definitely a library I would like to explore again.
So whoever you are, go on an adventure at your local library…and maybe pick up a story about Mr. Lemoncello’s Library as well!
What’s it about?
When Kyle Keeley learns that the world’s world’s most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town’s new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, Kyle is determined to be there! But the tricky part isn’t getting into the library—it’s getting out. Because when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must catch every clue and solve every puzzle to find the hidden escape route!