Picture Book Review: THE BOY WHO WAS RAISED BY LIBRARIANS

The Boy who was Raised by LibrariansTitle: The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
Author: Carla Morris
Illustrator: Brad Sneed
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; First Edition edition (March 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1561453919
ISBN-13: 978-1561453917

As a librarian, it was easy to tell this book was written by a librarian. The story is a wonderful homage to the different roles that librarians play in the life of a boy, Melvin, as he grows into a man.

My only problem is that there isn’t any major tension or significant problem for Melvin to solve. Adults who love the library will love this book, but I’m not so sure about children. The book jacket says, “Then one day he goes off to college to learn new things and read new books. Will he leave the library and his friends behind forever?” Unfortunately, this question only comes into play at the end of the book and is too quickly answered.

However, in the hands of a skilled librarian, this book will be an excellent teaching tool. Kindergarten or first-grade classes on a library field trip would be the ideal audience, although it would also work for a stand-alone story program at the beginning of the school year. Follow it up with a tour of the library and show the children the different items that Melvin used during his visits.

Overall review: As a book that kids will want to return to time and again, 3 out of 5 stars. As a read-aloud for a library-themed story time, 5 out of 5 stars.

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