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Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0553536060
LANGUAGE:English

"Kyle has made it onto the Lemoncello Library Board of Trustees. Luigi Lemoncello, the famous gamemaker, has rivals, though. While his games are fun, inventive, and original, his competitors, the Krinkle brothers, have boring games that they stole from Mr. Lemoncello. No wonder the Krinkle bros always feel left in the dust! However, they use not nice methods to make sure Lemoncello's games go out of business. Can Kyle help save his idol? Or will he believe the Krinkle's lies?

I thought this book was okay. The original book was wonderful, but it could have been a standalone book. I love the fantastical technology Chris Grabenstein dreamed up, and I recommend this book to other (younger) readers. As Mr. Lemoncello would say, this book was WONDERMOUS!
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"A fantastic addition to the Mr. Lemoncello series! I felt like there weren't as many riddles in this one to solve, which I missed, but I like the quest for truth in research. Accepting information without doing research is a huge problem these days, and kids who read this will definitely learn some of the better ways to dig into the facts than just googling. I would have liked a bit more drama, but it's a kid'sbook, so I get why everything happens relatively simply. Still, one of my favorite kids' series now.

I liked the story arc better in this book than in the Library Olympics, though of course Charles Chiltington and his horrid family had to return. Without spoiling, I shall end with an always relevant notion reiterated in the pages of Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race:
"Public opinion can often be swayed by emotion with little regard for facts. If the story is fascinating enough, facts may not matter to those hearing it." Truth.
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"Grade 3 and up; excellent third book in the Mr. Lemoncello series. I am so impressed and grateful that author Chris Grabenstein can consistently make libraries, reading, and in this case the research process thrilling and fun for young readers. In this entry, teams of kids compete in an elimination-style race around the country to research several historical holograms Mr. Lemoncello is debuting at his library. While a theme of the previous Lemoncello book was intellectual freedom, here the emphasis is on the importance of careful research: not just accepting the first result of a search, taking care to not be influenced by personal bias, and questioning sources. These are incredibly timely and important skills for young readers, and the writing is so age-appropriate and the plot so exciting that it never feels preachy or boring. Grabenstein also manages to work in the value of perseverance and resilience even in the face of failure. Readers will be inspired. Highly recommended." said.

"Mr. Lemoncello has come up with another contest, this time just for his board of trustees. The winners will get to go on a worldwide book promotion tour and be the first ones to receive Mr. Lemoncello's newest game. Kyle is gungho for Mr. Lemoncello's latest competition, as usual. But when Mr. Lemoncello's good name and his board game kingdom comes under attack, Kyle realizes there are sometimes things more important than winning and he rallies the other trustees to try and clear Mr. Lemoncello.

This book broke the pattern of the past couple Lemoncello books in a good way. I'm glad Grabenstein avoided things becoming formulaic. This one combines great literary facts, codes, and puzzles fun with a reminder that there are bigger issues that come before literature and winning. Because of that, this book got a little more intense than some of the other Lemoncello books, but it still has lots of fun elements. This took FOREVER to get over to this side of the globe, so kids will be ecstatic to see this on the shelves tomorrow. Mr. Lemoncello's books are a sure win with the reading crowd.

No content issues.
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"No doubt it would be hard to argue that anyone is doing a better job of making libraries and research seem cool than author Chris Grabenstein with his Lemoncello series. The bibliophiles among us already knew that and can smugly remind ourselves that we loved both of them before they were on anyone else's radar. In this installment, the young gamers are back, and their favorite game maker, the inimitable Mr. Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again, coming up with a contest that requires competitors to do their research and not just crack codes or solve puzzles. Fans of the previous two books will love this one just as much while following the competitive Kyle Keeley and his partner, Abia Sulayman, as they travel to various places in search of the answers to their questions. The bad guys, the dastardly Krinkle brothers, are up to their usual, tricks, and at some points it looks as though Mr. Lemoncello might not be the person everyone thought he was and that he took advantage of someone else. Luckily for him, he has a savvy team of researchers to dig for the truth. Although much of this is predictable, it's still plenty of fun, filled with references and humor that will please its audience. The Nonfictionator, which features holograms of various historical figures, sounds simply wonderful. I want one for my home library. " said.

""But sometimes knowing how to find the answers and what questions to ask are more important than the answers themselves."

The 3rd installment of Mr. Grabenstein's Mr. Lemoncello series is just as superdifferousness as his first two. In this book Kyle Keeley and friends have to do research to uncover the truth. I love the way Mr. Grabenstein weaves his puzzle filled stories. Library board members (kids from previous books) are playing the Great Library Race before the library big gala, where Mr. Lemoncello will feature his new Nonfictionator. The Great Library Race takes pairs of children working together doing research on different historical figures from Emily Dickenson to Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lemoncello becomes one of the historical figures that the children do research on after game making competitors visit the library. During the game Kyle and his teammate Abia run across information that shows Mr. Lemoncello could be a fraud and a cheat. Kyle is determined to prove Mr. Lemoncello's innocent. How do you prove something is false? Especially when it is becomes public opinion.

What a page turning read. A particular quote from the book that stuck out, " Public opinion can often be swayed by emotion with little regard for facts. If the story is fascinating enough, facts may not matter to those hearing it." WOW! Just WOW. Mr. Grabenstein simplifies the world and the need for facts and research in this post-truth era. I hope that children, or adults, reading this book take to heart the lessons Mr. Grabenstein teaches between clues and puzzles in all 3 of his books. As a someone who works in a library I love that Mr. Grabenstein is one of our biggest and best cheerleaders! This is a must read for any age.

Thank you Mr. Grabenstein, can't wait to read book 4.
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"Chris Grabenstein’s “Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race” is an amazing addition to the realistic fiction series, “Mr. Lemoncello”. This third installment dives back into the world of Kyle Keeley, a thirteen year old boy who loves all types of games, and especially Mr Lemoncello games. This time, Lemoncello has made an all-new Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy game, with them travelling around the country on various vehicles (one of which includes a banana jet!) , and a big prize if any of the contestants win. But everyone’s not a fan, with a rival game company has finally had enough. When some new facts suddenly surface, Lemoncello is in extreme danger of losing everything! Could he not be what it seems? It’s up to Kyle and his friends to save the day with the power of cold hard facts!

I was extremely surprised to find out there were more books to this series when i found this book in the library. However, reading the first book, I checked this book out (along with the other books i checked out). I was not disappointed with this book. This book has 272 pages, and every single one of them was deeply enthralling, with the ideas of the holograms, and particularly the Krinkle Brothers’ mischievousness. There were even clues to a bonus puzzle the reader could look to find inside the book! Overall, I had great fun reading it. However, there were some problems with this book that i had. For one, if you hadn’t read the second book (like me), you would have a hard time following the story at times, as it references to the second book. So definitely read this series in order! It also felt like it was paced too fast sometimes, but that’s just my personal preference. This book isn’t perfect. But it’s very close to it.

I definitely recommend this book to middle-grade and elementary-grade students. For one, the vocabulary and the massive book references (Oh yea, did i mention that? Well, there were book references. In this book. Another reason to like it.) are definitely aimed towards them. But it’s pacing and the constant adventure throughout the book, would resonate better with 10 year olds than 20 year olds. That's all I really have to say about this book.

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" Meh. Seems like as these books go along they get more juvenile instead of the characters developing. Was bored to tears the first half of the book, finally got better when they went on their real research and enjoyed the last 45% or so of the book. " said.

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