Parents' Guide to

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Book adaptation has mild scares, friendship, adventure.

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age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 7+

If You Love the Book, Run Far Away From This Movie!

They completely ruined this movie. The book is fantastic with lots of smart literature clues and puzzles. It was like reading a library version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also, one of the most charming things about the book was the character development throughout it. The movie eliminates Haley quickly, who probably had the most heart warming change. The movie tossed aside character development and all the whimsy and mystery for a bad D list made for TV movie. If you read the book and loved it, run fast away from this movie. My daughter and I read it and were excited to celebrate finishing it by watching the movie. We spent the hour disappointed and had to force ourselves to finish.
age 9+

Possibly the worst book adaptation I've ever seen.

Don't watch this if you like the book. It makes no sense and is mostly just random nonsense for over an hour. My kids were ok with it but even they said it was nothing like the book. The author should not have let this movie happen.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Grabenstein's well-received mystery story inspires this wacky movie that's all fast-paced fun and laughs. Reminiscent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the story features characters at the mercy of the whims of a peculiar gaming genius and his elaborate (and frequently malfunctioning) library. While they solve riddles and break codes, the kids must also elude storybook characters and work together, even with difficult peers.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library's numerous nods to books and stories will delight those who are familiar with them, and they could encourage kids' interest in those they haven't read or heard. The story also raises some worthwhile talking points about getting along with others and about bullying, which is prominent in one character's behavior until he has a change of heart. For parents, it's a great opportunity to show how bullying affects other people and why it's important to consider peers' feelings when relating to them.

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