mr lemoncellos libraryI feel like I should explain my silence after finishing “The Trumpet of the Swan” last week.  Normally, I would jump right into the preview of our next book.  However, I encountered a situation with my daughter, Grace, that I had never experienced before– she panned a book.  We started reading “The Cozies: The Legend of Operation Moonlight” by T.L. Fischer.   However, the book is VERY whimsical with a lot of characters and some advanced vocabulary words. She understood what was going on as soon as I sat down and mapped out the characters for her, but I think that initial impression turned her off and made her want to choose something else.  I’m probably going to publish book notes for “The Cozies” in the near future despite not discussing the book with her.

After moving on from “The Cozies,” Grace chose “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein. As I mentioned last time, we will jump around in age and interest level of the books so that we can have something that appeals to a wide variety of audiences (I might publish some easy reader book notes soon for my 1st grade son).  For more information on that, click here.  Here’s the rundown for “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”:

  • Name:  “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”
  • Author:  Chris Grabenstein
  • AR Level:  4.5
  • Interest:  Middle Grades (4-8)
  • Pages:  304

Synopsis from Goodreads:  

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent 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 building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

Reading Schedule

Our family dynamic has changed since the last book!  My family will be moving this summer, so I recently quit my job to prepare for the move.  Then, next year, we will begin our homeschool journey!

Why does this matter to you?  Unlike last time, I’m not going to say WHEN I’ll be posting the book notes, just WHAT CHAPTERS each set of book notes will cover, because I hope to publish the book notes faster!  I WILL post book notes at least once-a-week, but again, the goal is to get the notes up faster for you and your child! I try to split our books into 50-page sections because that seems like a good weekly reading goal for most kids.  If you have a voracious reader, though, feel free to discuss along with us at a faster pace!

Happy reading!


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