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If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316376612
LANGUAGE:English

" A fun book, but I didn't really like how it was portrayed that you have to be QUIET in libraries. I don't think that's the case as much. My storytimes are very noisy and I love to hear kids enjoying themselves at the library. " said.

" I wanted to love this book, I really did. I got excited when I saw the title and thought it would be a good book to read as a beginning of the school year introduction to my school Library but really, it would just be a discussion about all the things in the book that the students can't do in our real library. Cute premise but it fell a little flat for my purposes. " said.

" I'm pretty hard on my ratings of picture books, since so many are... well, don't seem cute, clever, kid friendly, etc. This book meets all my criteria. The illustrations are bright and fun. The story is cute: something both the reader and child can enjoy. And the ending doesn't seem abrupt, but rather clever. Thumbs up. Highly recommend. " said.

" A sweet way of covering the "rules" of the library. A few intercultural/international quibbles - our audience has no idea what "concessions" are, so there was a need to substitute food and drink. The script/font, while artistic is pretty hard to read at a distance (for an adult) and I think would be a stretch for younger readers. Illustrations are great. " said.

" Magnolia, the same little girl with an alligator and a piano is back again. She's seen the poster that you can do anything at the library and she's eager to obey.Why I started this book: Loved the first two Magnolia books and I was delighted that she was going to try something at the library!Why I finished it: Charming. " said.

" Chaos ensues when little Magnolia decides to bring her own circus act to the library. She was hoping for a good time but she finds that after each act she performs she's breaking some kind of library rule. Apparently you can do anything at the library except clap, cheer and make noise. Can she find a way to salvage her show and make her fellow library patrons happy again? " said.

" A young child wants to bring a circus to the library. She does and says she can as long as they don't clap. Oh wait and don't cheer. Oh, also, there's no food at the library. She finally concedes it would be better to actually be reading at the library than having a circus. It's in line with the other books in this series, just not my style. " said.

" In the end pages, the librarian changes a misinterpreted sign that says: "You can do 'anything' in the library" (meaning in your imagination- as Magnolia discovers when she tries to perform her circus in the library) to "You can read a nice quiet book in the library." Wow, this one hits close to home. May be a good one for introducing "be safe" in the library, or virtual field trips...Once again, Magnolia gets lots of laughs (or the librarian's reactions gets lots of laughs!). " said.

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