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Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Trivia, puzzles, and books galore in zany library sequel.

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This satisfying sequel is stuffed with puzzles, puns, and virtual reality, plus zillions of book references and pop-cultural shout-outs, from Flora & Ulysses to Queen lyrics. Protagonists Kyle and his teammates are appealing and believable, and readers are sure to be introduced to a few dozen things they didn't know about as they delve deeper into mysterious anti-fun skullduggery. Some kids will find the sheer barrage of rebus-solving one minute and Dewey decimal system trivia the next a bit overwhelming, but many others will eat it up -- and really appreciate the included list of all the books mentioned so they can pursue what intrigues them. Much the same goes for the zany outbursts of banana-shoe-wearing billionaire Mr. Lemoncello, such as:

"'Fear not, Mrs. Gause,' cried Mr. Lemoncello. 'If anyone should ever again threaten this library, I will fly to its aid, much as I should've flown to it all those years ago. But alas, I was too busy doing business in Beijing to come home and save my beloved library, leaving you to ask 'Where's Waldo?' even though my first name was, and still is, Luigi. Moving on. I'd like to quote the lyrics of Rodgers and Hammerstein -- something that's extremely easy to do when you're in a library near 782.14 and all those magnificent Broadway show tunes -- 'I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly!'"

"Mr. Lemoncello leapt off the railing."

Book Details

  • Author: Chris Grabenstein
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: Book Characters , Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: January 5, 2016
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: May 9, 2019

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