Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library #1

Reviewed by Melanie on July 14, 2017


I downloaded this from Overdrive to listen to with my kids when taking them to riding lessons, to the library, and all the other great places mom’s get to chauffeur their children to. The story is about Kyle, and his adventure through the brand new public library.

I can certainly understand how the book is considered a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum. The descriptions not only of the characters, but the library really helped myself and my children have a great understanding of what the library looks like, and we easily imagined ourselves walking around with Kyle and his friends.

Overall I enjoyed the book and the puzzles within. The great thing about listening to a book, or reading one like this with your children is that you get to hear their reactions– gasps at near misses, cheers when the nice guy isn’t eliminated — but you also get to travel through the story with them, gasping and cheering at the same things.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Book Cover Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1
Chris Grabenstein
Childrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Childrens, Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult
Listening Library
January 7, 2014

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets A Night in the Museum in this action-packed New York Times Bestseller from Chris Grabenstein, coauthor of I Funny, Treasure Hunters and other bestselling series with James Patterson!

Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games—board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

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