A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Celebrates books and libraries and reading. Teaches young readers about the different areas of a library (the quiet room, the activity room), how to choose a book, and the advantages of having a library card.
Reading is fun! Librarians are helpful. Libraries are places of pleasure, with space both for quiet reading and for noisier group activities.
Positive Role Models
The little-girl librarian and her animal assistants cheerfully help all the animal visitors to the library, meeting all their different needs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Midnight Library is a charming tale of a young pigtailed librarian and her animal friends. It’s set in a library open only from "midnight to dawn," and the very appealing three-color, blocky art has an old-fashioned feel that underscores the fun and mystery of the midnight hour. The story is simple: The little librarian helps out the animals who visit the library, directing noisy squirrels to the activity room, comforting a lone wolf who's reading a sad story, and issuing a library card to a slow-reading turtle. The tone is sweet and gentle, and everyone's a reader.
Is It Any Good?
Both the illustrations and the story in The Midnight Library are full of charm. The bold, blocky art is strikingly eye-catching. The little-girl librarian is charmingly pigtailed. The animals who visit the library all are pictured with their snouts in their books, engrossed in their reading. And, since the story ends with the little librarian reading her owl assistants a bedtime story, it's perfect for bedtime or naptime.
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