The Lost Library; Jess McGeachin
After finding a book in a cupboard at the home he has just moved into, Oliver decides to take it back to where it belongs. But where is The Lost Library? Accompanied by new neighbour Rosie, the two head out in search. Returning the book to the local library has unintended consequences though and the children find themselves on a magical adventure filled with books, stormy seas and a dragon…
I completely love this idea for a story that celebrates the wonders that can be found in a book and the power of childhood imagination. Jess McGeachin tells an enchanting fantasy adventure story with lovely messages on friendship, enjoying adventures together and how the answers to most problems can be found in a book.
The Lost Library is a completely magical place which I would love to visit myself. Various things appear as the children pass books on different topics and the scenery changes with them. A pirate flag appears as they walk through the ‘P’ aisle, a toucan and tennis equipment appears in aisle ’T’ and the children find themselves sailing the seas as they wander/row through the S’s. As challenges crop up, a book is always on hand to offer the advice and skills needed. I am a firm believer that there is a book out there for every child and a book for any situation and ‘The Lost Library’ generously provides when needed. Rosie finds the perfect book when the children face a rather perilous situation with a dragon and a book is on hand when Oliver needs to learn the necessary sailing skills to safely navigate stormy seas.
The illustrations are beautiful, featuring soft colours that bring alive Oliver and Rosie’s adventure. A particular favourite is a bookshelf dragon that doubles up as both a dragon and a bookshelf. Oliver and Rosie are of different ethnicities which is great to see.
Recommended for 4+.
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