BOOK REVIEWS

Library Lion Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-04 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:076363784X
LANGUAGE: English

" I love it. The kids love it. We're all happy. Heck, I don't know what I love most about this story?! All the library adoration? The lion? How much the kids adore RAHR-ing? Or is it the illustrations? Seriously if I didn't like reading the Library Lion so much I'd just put the darling illustrations of the lion and Miss Merriweather all over my walls. " said.

"After Mrs. Zastrow read this book to us, we are arguing about who gets to reread it next. That kind of action should tell you just what we thought of this book! We LOVED it!

In class, we are studying how authors end their books. This ending is powerful because it made us, the readers glad we read it, making it a reflective ending. It was also a happy ending because the lion was able to return to the library. Language was repeated a lot about library rules which made it a repetitive ending as well.
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" Library Lion is a beautifully illustrated children's book with a nice message about following the rules. I saw online that it is appropriate for ages 4-7, but I think younger kids would appreciate the story and the bright, almost watercolor-like illustrations, if the story was read to them. I liked how the lion in the story is given human traits (dusting books, licking envelopes, etc.), so there is a comical side to the story as well. I will certainly be giving copies of this book as gifts! :) " said.

" This story explores the terrifying prospect of a fully grown male lion gaining entry to a public library. However, this lion doesn't eat anyone or cause a major disturbance. Instead, he becomes popular with the small children and librarian and does his best to follow the library's many rules. The tale allows us to unpick the idea of rules and when and how they should (and must!) be broken. A really lovely story for KS1 and early KS2. I read it to my Maths set during storytime and they were rapt. " said.

"I've watched a brilliant video, where Mindy Sterling reads this lovely thing.
Check it out HERE, on StorylineOnline's Youtube page.
Video has illustrations from a book throughout, by the way. Which makes the "reading" experience even cooler.

[This channel and the StorylineOnline children’s literacy website in general are my newest discoveries. There you can watch and/ listen to a whole lot of awesome picture books being read to you by amazing actors and actresses including Kevin Costner, Rita Moreno, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo, and Betty White. Isn't it great? Yes, it is. I'm so glad I've found these.]

Happy reading!
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" As a former library media specialist, I used this book from the recommendation of another media specialist to introduce the expectations in the library. A classroom teacher could also use this to help prepare the students before their first library visit. " said.

"I stumbled upon this book after listening to a group of second graders whispering in the halls about how much they’d like to have their very own library lion. Having never heard of the book, I stopped the students, not to tell them off for talking in the hallway as any trained teacher is supposed to do, but to get a book recommendation. I was not disappointed.

“The Library Lion” takes place in Miss Merriweather’s library. She is an extraordinarily strict librarian who prides herself on maintaining order and demands that everyone abide by the rules of her domain… everyone including the lion that wanders in one day for story hour. The lion makes a home of the library, and as it turns out, he is well suited to be there. His big padded feet walk softly through the rows, he makes a comfortable backrest for the children during read alouds, and he never roars -- until an emergency occurs and he gets help in the only way he knows how, and is kicked out of the library for making such a commotion. What will Miss Merriweather and the library patrons do without their dear lion? Can they bring him back?

“Sometimes there is a good reason to break the rules -- even in the library.”

The author, Michelle Knudsen, is the author of 45 children’s books including “Library Lion,” which became a New York Times best-seller after its release. A quick visit to her website will introduce you to a fun-loving author who is quick to support any young or beginning writers that come her way. She is in the process of writing more books, including a sequel to her most popular tale, “Evil Librarian.”

I absolutely adored “The Library Lion,” and after finishing it I quickly worked it into an upcoming lesson with my fourth graders - they loved it as well. There’s just something about that cuddly lion that makes you want to snuggle up to him with a good book. A great choice for readers young, old and feline.
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"This is a remarkably heartfelt story about a lion coming to a library. When the lion first shows up to the library Mr. McBee, who runs the circulation desk, is alarmed and tells Miss Merriweather, the librarian, that there is a lion in the library. She tells him that this is not against the rules and to leave the lion be. Mr. McBee is not very happy about this. At first the library patrons are very nervous about lion being there, but he follows the rules and is very well behaved. The children in particular fall in love with the lion during story time. But, when story time is over the lion is upset and roars loudly! This is of course against the rules and the children beg Miss Merriweather to let the lion come back tomorrow for story time, she agrees. The lion comes back early and Miss Merriweather puts him to work. They form a very sweet bond and everyone, except Mr. McBee, love the lion. One day, Miss Merriweather falls and cannot get up and sends the lion to get Mr. McBee. Mr. McBee, not liking the lion, will not pay him any attention. The only thing the lion can do is roar to get his attention and he runs to tell Miss Merriweather the lion has broken the rules. At this point, the lion already knows he must leave and he does not come back. Everyone is very sad that the lion is gone, especially Miss Merriweather. Finally, Mr. McBee goes to search for the lion and tells him he broke the rules for a good reason. The lion comes back the next day and everyone is so happy to have him back!

This book could be used K-3 to teach acceptance and not judging a book by its cover. Because the lion is a lion, of course everyone is scared at first. But the lion is so well behaved, helpful, and sweet that he wins everyone over. In today's global society, acceptance is a huge concept that students need to learn. No matter what your preconceived notions are about someone, that does not mean you shouldn't give them a chance. I think this book does a sweet job of teaching this.

"Library Lion" is a WOW book for me because it is so heartwarming. I think the stereotypical librarian with her rules is so funny and yet she is such a soft-mannered and loving person. The book makes you love the lion so much that you want a lion for your own library! I can certainly see why this book is a New York Times Bestseller.
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