Summer Reads: The Island of Dr. Libris

The Island of Dr. Libris

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: None

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2015)

Source: From publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

New from the author of the New York Times bestseller Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson! Celebrate the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book! 

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?

A wonderful tale. . . . This book is like no other I’ve read. It’s a complete original.” —James Patterson

“Kids will enjoy the cartoonish mayhem, especially given Grabenstein’s breezy narrative voice and jaunty wit….as in ‘Lemoncello’, there is a winning generosity and sweetness to the story’s telling.”–The New York Times

“Chris Grabenstein gleefully plunders great works of literature for his cast of secondary characters . . . a madcap mash-up that 8-to-12 year olds will want to devour in big gulps.”The Wall Street Journal
Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun.” Booklist Reviews


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My Thoughts:

This book reminded me of Inkheart in a lot of ways. When Billy reads a book, it comes to life on a small island in the middle of a lake. Of course, this quickly gets to be problematic, especially once Billy starts involving his friends. But they eventually figure out how to solve the mashed up stories and make things right again.

I read this book myself, but I should have read it out loud to my kids. I may still do that because it was funny, easy to understand, and quite entertaining. There wasn’t much for slow spots or down time and it flowed effortlessly. It also had a fun, crazy mash-up of ancient, classic, and modern works of literature.

While it isn’t a perfect book, it’s a quick, fun read that kids will enjoy. It’s perfect for kids that like humor and adventure.  It’s also a great book to read over the summer.

Content: clean


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