BOOK REVIEWS

Library Lion Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 214 user ratings
ISBN:0763622621
LANGUAGE:English

" This book was so sweet! The illustrations by Kevin Hawkes were light and dreamy. This was a story I could get lost in. I love how the lion loves to hear the read alouds at the library and ends up helping a friend in need. " said.

" I really like this book--the writing and the story especially, and I always love Kevin Hawkes' illustrations--but Juni didn't think much of it. Perhaps she's afraid of the lion? I don't know. But I definitely want to revisit it when she's older. " said.

" This has to be one of the sweetest books we have read in a long time. There is something so perfectly lovely about it. The illustration is gentle and child loving. The idea is fun. The writing is friendly and engaging. The moral is tender. This is an absolute gem! " said.

" 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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