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Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy and Illustrated by Michael P. White
Published by Peachtree Publishers
Ages: 4-8
Pages: 32
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Publishers Summary:

In this sequel to The Library Dragon, Miss Lotty is finally checking herself out of the Sunrise Elementary School Library, but not before Lotta Scales makes one final, fiery stand.

After 557 years of faithful service, Miss Lotty is retiring from guarding books. But before she can check out of Sunrise Elementary for good, disaster strikes. Someone has ordered all the books removed from the library and replaced with machines! It’s enough to make Lotty feel a little…dragon-like.

When she bursts into a fiery rage, only one thing can make her shed her scales: assurance that someone will fight to keep her precious books in the hands of Sunrise’s children. Miss Lotty is convinced she’ll have to battle the Cyberbeast herself, until a surprise visit from her old friend Molly Brickmeyer reassures her that the library is safe for now and will remain a place where kids can UNPLUG, for the love of books.

The Turkeybird Loves Reading: Whoa. Okay guys, this library lady is one crazy lady. She turns into a big, giant, super crazy dragon! She doesn’t really like things like the phone I read and play games on in her library and she goes a little crazy when they change it. I really like my phone, but I like all of the fun books we have at home too. They are both super different, but both really fun. I would be way super sad if mom took the books out of our house and only let me read on my phone, but if she did it might be super neat to turn into a dragon!

Mom’s Two Cents: Miss Lotty is retiring from her beloved library job and not only will the children be missing her, but the books might as well. When she discovers that her replacement may possibly turn the homey reading spot that her library is into a technology hot-spot with hardly a print book in sight the roaring library dragon within Miss Lotty makes an appearance. Determined to keep the library a place where readers can enjoy flipping through the pages of book nestled in their laps, Miss Lotty’s dragon-side, Lotta Scales, takes charge of the potentially devastating situation.

Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy is the perfect read for book lovers holding tight to their love of print books. It’s not only that, but a fantastic read of young new library goers who may not be familiar with the world of possibilities that awaits them within the walls of a library. Recently the Turkeybird was taken to his school library for the first time and I’m embarrassed to say he came home and said, “It was boring mom. We have all the books here. I don’t need to go to the library.” It’s comforting to know he has such great access to books here at home, but a library can be a fantastic resource that we may be forgetting in our need to be involved with technology. A library is a place to discover and fall in love with books on a very personal level, especially when accompanied by a caring and intelligent librarian.

Through Miss Lotty and her not-so mild mannered alter-ego Lotta Scales readers discover just how important print books and our local libraries truly are. Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, the follow-up to The Library Dragon, is a delightful story filled with a passionate message and beautiful illustrations by Michael P. White. The Turkeybird and Littlebug have been enjoying the fierce dragon defending her precious books while learning a bit more about the importance of holding a great book in your hands. This is definitely a great book for those fans of print books, especially those who may not be big fans of eReaders and/or technology in general. Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy is another great book in The Library Dragon series, hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Lotta Scales in the future or possibly even her successor.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 9. A fierce message about the power of print books and the libraries that hold them. Perfect for new library goers as well, to help them learn the possibilities of a great library and it’s knowledgeable staff.

Find Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy and Illustrated by Michael P. White at the following spots:
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5 Responses to Book Review: Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy

  1. Rhythm says:

    This looks like a great book! I really like the illustrations. That dragon is scary! I love libraries — they ARE magical places. Thanks for sharing this book. I’ll be checking it out!

  2. Gina says:

    Love love LOVE this book…and the first one. ^_^ How can you not with a dedicated librarian like Miss Lotty?! Great review guys…so glad you enjoyed it too.

  3. I love the whimsical drawings in this book, and the premise…I’m a former school librarian!
    So happy I can finally post on your site…it’s been months.


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