For those who love reading, the library can be the most wondrous of places. I could happily spend a day lost in books but for some children the thought of picking up a book does not fill them with happiness and excitement.
Zach is adamant that books are not for him and that he does not need them in his life. Books are too long, he finds them boring, they make him sleepy and he definitely doesn’t want to read one. He’d much rather watch television or play video games. Ro loves everything about books and she is convinced that Zach could catch the reading bug too…if only he would take the time to find the right book…
Told in rhyming prose, The Library Book is a glorious celebration of the magic and wonder of books of all kinds. As a primary school teacher and blogger of children’s books I don’t need telling about how awesome kids literature is. I truly believe that there is at least one book out there for every child and that for even the most reluctant of readers it is a case of simply finding them the right book.
Zach is a child who has yet to discover the right book but with the help of Ro, a passionate lover of books and definite future librarian, he discovers that books aren’t quite as dull and boring as he first thought. This is hardly surprising with Ro introducing him to a mind-boggling assortment of books with everything from adventures to superheroes, ancient legends to buried treasure, fairytales to fantasies, football to food, poems to comics, long ones and short ones, funny, thrilling and gory tales. Every child needs a Ro in their life - whether it be a teacher, a friend, a parent or librarian - who can help ignite a passion for reading and books that will last a lifetime.
Bursting with colourful illustrations, books and stories are well and truly alive within these pages as pirates, dinosaurs, princesses, dragons, witches, animals, wizards and rockets sweep across the fabulous spreads providing a visual feast that will have children desperate to search the bookshelves for their next read. If only all libraries could be as colourful and as wondrous as the one that Ian Morris has drawn up.
For those children who love to read and for those children that need a little nudge in the direction of the bookshelf, The Library Book is a fabulous ode to the joys of reading and the wonders that can be found within the children’s section of the local library.
Recommended for 3+.