Carmen Agra Deedy & Michael P White (Illustrator)
You guys. I'm a huge fan of picture books. And I have a Master of Library Science. So what's not to love about a picture book about libraries?! Also, it features a dragon - and I'm developing a bit of a soft spot for dragons.
Miss Lotty, faithful and beloved librarian of Sunrise Elementary, has decided it is time to retire. She makes this decision with a sense of peace and anticipation (minus the concern that a computer would enter her library!), which is totally apparent in this gorgeous excerpt:
When she walks into her library, for her last day of work, Miss Lotty discovers her replacement -- Mike Krochip -- has kidnapped all the books. Well, that doesn't set well with Miss Lotty, and her old friend Miss Lotta Scales shows up to take care of things. Which saves the library, but who's going to take Miss Lotty's place now? Enter a girl whose job I envy -- as well as the nameplate on her desk. Molly has spunk and is fearless in defense of all things library-y! She's a lot like Miss Lotty, actually, without any of those dragonish tendencies ...
Return of the Library Dragon is fun and quirky, and makes my book-loving heart skip a beat. I'm all for advances in technology, I even have a Kindle, but in my heart of hearts? Nothing will replace the feel and smell of a physical book. With a easy-reading story and bright, colorful illustrations, I think Return of the Library Dragon just might help others remember that wonderful feeling too.
Book provided by publisher for review.
Also, please note: This giveaway is for US addresses only. Comment away, and good luck!