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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein




Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
(Mr. Lemoncello’s Library #3)
By Chris Grabenstein
October 10, 2017
Random House BFYR
Source: finished copy from publisher
Read my reviews of Book 1 and Book 2
#1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed MR. LEMONCELLO adventure!

On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO!

Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race--by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet!--to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire!

Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle!), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello's commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO! IT'S A LEMONCELLO!


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The great and kooky Mr. Lemoncello is back with a brand new game- the Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy...and this game has Kyle, his friends, other young competitors on the search for great facts about some great historical figures. This time though, the game takes Kyle and the other contestants outside of the awesome Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and across town and even across the country! The kids use bookmobiles, old-timey bicycles, and even a banana jet to find their facts and hopefully win the amazing grand prize. But when some not-so-nice facts about Mr. Lemoncello begin to circulate it’s up to Kyle and his pals to uncover the truth and save their beloved library and benefactor!

Okay, so I have to admit something...when this book arrived in the mail and I opened it, I squealed! I literally, for reals squealed with excitement...that’s how much I love this series! And I’m happy to report that book three, Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race does not disappoint and lives up to its predecessors, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (Mr. Lemocello’s Library #1) and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello’s Library #2).

Author Chris Grabenstein once again spins a fantastically fun, wondrously whimsical, and crazy clever middle-grade story just bursting with laughs, excitement, mystery, and booknerd goodness! Absolutely pitch-perfect and unputdownable, Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race will enthrall young and older readers alike with its fast-pace, captivating puzzles, and endearing wit. Like in books one and two, all things wacky, zany, kooky, and delightful collide in Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (and in the quirky man himself) to create an unforgettable setting that is part circus, amusement park, interactive museum, and Hogwarts all rolled into one epic place where books, authors, librarians, and readers are celebrated and beloved. Fans of the series will love the new features added to the library in book three (they are SO awesome!). Plus, in book three, Kyle and readers get to explore Mr. Lemoncello’s bewitching home and Mr. Lemoncello’s Imagination Factory in NYC.

Young readers will have a blast joining Kyle and his friends while they compete in the Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy, solving tricky puzzles and putting their noodles to work (but in a super fun way!), and will easily get caught up in the dastardly mystery of who is out to destroy Mr. Lemoncello. Kyle, his friends (like Akimi, Sierra, and Miguel), and of course the magnificent Mr. Lemoncello himself, remain some of my absolute favorite middle-grade characters, and I really enjoyed getting to know some of the new characters (like Abia) in book three.

With its marvelous storytelling, engaging characters, and awesome settings Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, like the others in this series, is pure book magic! I can’t recommend this entire series enough for middle-grade readers, especially reluctant readers.

MY RATING
5/5 Cupcakes


Chris Grabenstein is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian.
Winner of two Anthony and three Agatha Awards, he is also the co-author with James Patterson of The New York Times bestseller I FUNNY.
A former writer for Jim Henson's Muppets and past president of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, Chris co-wrote the screenplay for the CBS-TV movie, The Christmas Gift, starring John Denver.
He lives in New York City with his wife, three cats, and a rescue dog named Fred, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. You can visit Chris (and Fred) a twww.ChrisGrabenstein.com

1 comment:

Jill the OWL said...

I will need to read this one. I loved the first book in the series and have read it aloud to my students!