Library Lion: Michelle Knudsen
By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 17, 2009
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press (Jul 25, 2006)
What to Expect: Libraries, Lions, Story time
It’s National Library Week , and for me, that means a reread of Library Lion. This book is an excellent pre-requisite for taking a child to the library for the first time. Libraries can be wonderful, fun-filled places, with story hours, colorful children’s sections, and new friends. However, they can also be a bit imposing at times, and this book is sure to put a young reader’s mind at ease.
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, does her job by the book and follows the rules of the library to the letter. So when her assistant, Mr. McBee, comes to her office in a panic because a lion has entered the premises, the following dialogue ensues:
“No running,” said Miss Merriweather, without looking up.
“But there’s a lion!” said Mr. McBee. “In the library!”
“Is he breaking any rules?” asked Miss Merriweather. She was very particular about rule breaking.
“Well, no,” said Mr. McBee. “Not really.”
“Then leave him be.”