If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

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Originally published in: 2017

What it’s about: A picture book about a child who promises to use her indoor voice and not make a mess if only she can bring her circus into the library.

What made me pick it up: I was looking for new books with faces on them for #bookfacefriday when I saw this and grabbed it off a cart to read because libraries.

My favorite things: This is hilarious! I totally understand the spunk of the main character and all of her sincere, if misguided, attempts to make a circus library friendly. Turns out the library isn’t the best place for a circus, but I loved the message of how reading stories is a good alternative. It also has vibrant illustrations.

Who it’s great for: Fans of libraries or circuses. Children who have great, if ill-advised, ideas.

Erica’s rating: four-shells


Find this title at Amazon(affiliate link) or in your local library.


 

The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora

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Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: A little boy and his brother visit the library for a quiet Saturday of reading, until a monster turns up.

What made me pick it up: I had placed Chris Hadfield’s children’s book The Darkest Dark on hold and OverDrive recommended this to me instead. It sounded good enough, and it was available, so I checked it out.

My favorite things: As a librarian I am always intrigued by books about libraries, and this picture book was no different. I really enjoyed the little boy helping the monster learn how fun reading and storytime are. Also there are donuts. Who can resist?

Who it’s great for: Library lovers of all ages. Littles who want to see a character who enjoys library visits, reading, and storytime as much as they do.

Erica’s rating: four-shells


Find The Not So Quiet Library and The Darkest Dark at Amazon (affiliate links) or your local library.


 

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: Librarian Irene must travel to an alternate universe and retrieve a priceless book before someone else does. Oh, and she has to do it while supervising her possibly not-quite-human librarian trainee.

What made me pick it up: It was about a librarian, duh. Also, it was steampunk and that’s one of my favorite fantasy fiction variants.

My favorite things: This book is so much fun! I’ve already read the second in the series and am eagerly awaiting the third. Why is it fun? The main character is a total badass female superhero librarian. And it involves all manner of supernatural – dragons, magic, fairies, alternate worlds. Oh, it’s so good. And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out something else will happen. Plus it’s a super quick read. You’ll turn the pages right to the end.

Who it’s great for: Teens. Adults. Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel. Those who like a strong female heroine. People interested in fun. If you read any of the Soulless books (and if you haven’t, you should) and want something equally entertaining. Fans of steampunk looking for more.

Erica’s rating: four-and-a-half-shells