Monday, January 25, 2016
The Island of Dr. Libris
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015
What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?
Well, nuts. I absolutely loved Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and it’s one of my favorites to recommend to kids as well. I was expecting the same from Dr. Libris, but I was disappointed and kind of... bored. I think that this book didn’t treat the characters like they were their age. It seemed too young. And I wasn’t interested in the characters coming to life. It was just missing something. However, I do plan on buying the sequel to Mr. Lemoncello ASAP!