Library Lion

Library Lion


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"A reminder that sometimes, there is a good reason to break the rules. . . .This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime." — School Library Journal (starred review)

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763637842
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 517
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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Library Lion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
nlevanen09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: This is a great example of fantasy because the lion enjoys reading, story time and helping the children get books from the top shelves. These are things that do not take place in real life but in the story they are the best part of going to the library from some students.Stars for SettingAge: Primary and Intermediate
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a charming picture book about a lion who wanders into a public library and the effect he has on everyone as he makes himself at home. It¿s the children¿s version of Dewey, the Library Cat. I plan to send a copy of this to my grandsons in Chicago. Highly recommended
Pusparani on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Library Lion¿ is beautifully written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Through their collaboration, Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes bring joy, enthusiasm, love, and also message to obey rules in a library for the readers. This is a story about a lion that visits the library and turns into good things and also trouble as he is trying to follow the rules and help his librarian friend. In the beginning, the lion¿s presence in the library scares visitors including children and the librarians. But then, he may come to the library if only he obey the rules; no running and be quiet. Children and adults, even the librarians love him because he is nice, not disrupting, and also helpful to librarians. Unfortunately, one day he breaks the rules and sadly leaves the library because he roams very loud in the library. However, he breaks it because he needs to help his librarian friend who falls when trying to take books from a shelf.¿Library Lion¿ is very appealing to children¿s heart, especially to have a lion around library and spend time together with children in story times. The illustrations are done in acrylic and pencil. Kevin portrays the lion in a pleasant appearance. I like the way the lion looks. He looks friendly, very nice, calm, and most importantly understand the rules in the library. Some texts are in frames, some are blending together in a single page of images. The book presentation seems realistic, especially the library situation, the arrangements of the books, how the storytime¿s corner looks like, how people and the librarian¿s expression look. Every aspect in this book invites readers to visit their sweet memories and experience in a library.
carriedold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great to promote reading and libraries, as well as following rules.
CrystalRushton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Library Lion is the heartwarming tale of a lion that loves reading and going to the library. The Library Lion is quite does not disturb the other people in the library and is actually quite helpful--he provides a place for the children to lean against, he dusts books, etc. Everyone loves the Library Lion, except the mean librarian, Mr. McBee. I would recommend this book for early elementary students, particularly those animal lovers. This book is great to give to present to all students, because it depicts a strong, cool Lion that loves to read and be at the library (a positive influence all students could follow).
kdemott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually love picture books about the library but the stereotypical grouchy librarian and the card catalog bothered me.
annikasmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The genre of this book was fantasy. It is a good example of this genre because it is a believable plot within the context of the book, but the plot revolves around a lion who visits the library and likes to help out. Art Media: acrylic and pencilAppropriate Age: Primary
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Makings of a classic, although very long and wordy. Lion wanders into a library and becomes its mascot, he must learn not to roar!! When the librarian falls and hurts herself, he goes against his training and roars with all his might.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story about libraries, rules, and when you need to break the rules. Soft beautiful pictures, a stern-looking librarian with a good heart (just like me!!), and a fuss-budget assistant who learns a good lesson.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful book would be enjoyed by any age group. The story is creative and fun. This book is also a good example of a fantasy, because the lion is so much like a human. The illustrations in this book are also very well crafted. The illustrations help move the plot along and give emotions to the words and actions.
JBD1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable and nicely-illustrated story about when it's okay to break the rules. Even in the library.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charming illustrations and a sweet story make it a keeper!
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Librarians will probably love this story more than most, but any child would too. A lion comes to the library one day and eventually captures everyone's heart. My son told me that the lion thought the library was a place for him because of the stone lions out in front of the library. Beautiful artwork, lovable characters.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Recently my granddaughters visited, and when they saw that I had a copy of Library Lion, they were positively ecstatic. They were quite familiar with the book since it is one they have checked out repeatedly from their local library in Virginia. Needless-to-say, it was read several times during their visit with Grandmama. What is the draw of this book? What is its charm? Why is it a winner of a plethora of awards? The library is a very special place and has rules. Miss Merriweather is the librarian and she makes certain that folks obey the rules. One day a lion walks into the library. No rule against a lion in the library. The lion goes to story time.  No rule against that.   As time goes by, the lion visits earlier and earlier and becomes Miss Merriweather’s library helper. And one day she falls off her stepladder. Oh my! Now a rule must be broken. This gentle story about the lovely library and the gentle giant of a lion is sweet and endearing. It gently teaches that rules are important. Yet it also teaches that there are circumstances where we must make a decision to break a rule. Beautifully drawn illustrations capture the essence of the story. Together the words and pictures create a story that a child wants to hear again and again. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.
StephanieCFoxJD More than 1 year ago
I love libraries and books. Rules are different. I love situations in which rules are shown NOT to be absolute. There can be no justice or good when rules are absolute. This is a wonderful book with a great story in it.
NYC-OT-Mama More than 1 year ago
We all really enjoy reading this book - my son (2 1/2 yrs old) especially likes acting out the roaring :). The lion, the librarian, and the illustrations are all deliciously charming...and I think the message is fabulous: rules are important but sometimes it's okay to break them when it counts. We've already gotten this book as a gift for friends who also praised it highly!
areneez More than 1 year ago
The library is a birth place for imagination. It is a glorious retreat for action, adventure, silliness, any emotional excitement that exists. Knudson displays the comforting, homey feeling of a library through her Children's book, Library Lion. The librarian, Miss Merriweather, is apprehensive at first to the lion's presence, unsure if he can follow the rules of the library but soon she finds him to be delightful. Mr McBee, the library assistant is not so keen on the lion and does his best to act on his jealousy by ignoring the lion. The lion does his best to be helpful and kind to all while following all the rules. However, when an incident arises, the lion will have to decide whether or not to break a library rule. This story is heartwarming while teaching children about rules, jealousy, and what to do when a true emergency occurs. Knudson really knows how to write simply so all ages can enjoy and comprehend the story all the while creating and maintaining character development. One of the best things about this book, besides the story itself, is the classical feel that the illustrations lend to the story. I love how they make you feel like the book itself has been passed down from generation to generation. It adds that warm, comforting feeling to the audience. Knudson's Library Lion will always have a home on my bookshelf.
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MSiroky More than 1 year ago
This is one of my and my daughter's favorite books. She has been requesting it at bedtime since she was one. It is a sweet story of freindship and great for encouraging your children's love of books and storytime. We just bought a copy for my nephew.
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AtticusNYC More than 1 year ago
This is a favourite book, which has been reread many times. Illustrations are great too.
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Kahlara More than 1 year ago
This was one of the random books my 2 1/2 year old pulled off the shelf at the library. We both love it and added it to our home library. The illustrations are wonderful, the story is sweet and teaches a little lesson about rules and why sometimes it is ok to break them. The style reminds me of books from 30-40 years ago.
alchemy More than 1 year ago
this is a rare book that young toddlers can enjoy without having everything pictured for them--a great first introduction to being read aloud to without pictures. don't get me wrong, the pictures are beautiful, evocative (wonderful depiction of emotion), with a touch of magical realism as with a real-looking lion is accepted as part of a library scene. but the storytelling and dialogue are first-rate. not to mention, of course, that gently underscoring the whole story is a quiet emphasis on the love and importance of books and reading. we've loved reading this book to our two boys since the older one was 2, and when i was asked to buy a book to donate to a ronald mcdonald house fundraiser, library lion was my first choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago