Library Monster

Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 01/04/2023
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Library Monster by Laurel Lorenzini sees the book-eating monster, Howard, escape from his book; will the children be able to capture him, or will he destroy the library? When Miss Beth, the librarian, opens Hungry Howard Escapes, the monster in the book comes to life and starts eating books. He runs into the library. The children must develop a plan to save the library. Finally, it dawns on them that Howard escaped from a book, so maybe they can put him back into a book. Join the children on an adventure as they work together to overcome the problem. Putting their heads together, they devise a plan of action that includes singing nap-time songs and using the right book to capture Howard. What type of book would you use to capture an escaped book character? Your children will be thrilled by the action in Library Monster.

I think this is the third book by Laurel Lorenzini that I have reviewed, and they seem to keep getting better. Laurel is a master writer and knows how to keep children’s attention. Library Monster combines the love of books with the love of adventure. What better way to develop a love of reading in children? The text is enhanced by the superb illustrations by Daniela Garcia. This book will become a favored children’s classic; I predict it will become as popular as Green Eggs and Ham was for my generation. To demonstrate my point I still have a copy of Green Eggs and Ham in my library. I suggest you buy and read Library Monster; you will enjoy spending time reading and discussing this with your child.

Nino Lobiladze

A group of friends was eagerly enjoying story time when they couldn't help but notice that the librarian, Miss Beth, was reading the wrong book. The title of the book was Hungry Howard Escapes. Believe it or not, the hungry monster escaped and started eating books right away. Some kids were scared, but others were determined to confront the monster and save the beloved books in the library. They devised a plan. Library Monster by Laurel Lorenzini is a lovely and adventurous story for little bibliophiles of up to five years of age.

Library Monster reminded me of the classic fairy tales with smart and brave characters taming even the scariest monsters. I liked that Laurel Lorenzini narrates the story in the first person, inviting her young readers to participate in the adventure. The book will inspire little readers to be creative in any circumstance, for it even has wonderful verses written by courageous kids. I believe that the tale will spark the imagination of readers and will cultivate their love of education and reading.

I liked the vibrant illustrations by the talented Daniela Garcia very much. The artist managed to convey the coziness of the big library containing so many amazing books and other interesting items like a globe. They are eye-catching, depicting a range of emotions on the characters' faces, and this will help develop children's perceptions. I believe that passionate adult bookworms will return to their golden childhood years thanks to this adventure.

Jennifer Ibiam

It was story time for the children with Miss Beth, the librarian; she selected a couple of books to read, but there was a problem. The children looked at one of the assembled books and knew they were in trouble. Their prediction came true when Miss Beth started reading a book titled Hungry Howard Escapes. A monster jumped out of the book and ate it up, scaring the children. Unfortunately, it headed for the library that contained thousands of books. The children must do something drastic to save the library by putting the monster back in a book. But how do they confront and overpower something that dangerous? Follow the suspenseful story of the Library Monster, written by Laurel Lorenzini and illustrated by Daniela Garcia.

Library Monster is hilarious, educational, and motivational; a good option for kindergarten school shelves or a bedtime story for parents to enjoy with toddlers. I loved the play of colors, which ranged from earthy and pastel tones to lots of greens and bright splashes. The cover was appealing, and the images throughout will hold a child’s interest. The illustrator Daniela Garcia has an eye for detail, from the attractive drawings to the backgrounds. I also loved the story, which emphasized bravery, quick thinking, and teamwork. Lorenzini utilized simple grammar understood by children. I’m sure kids will enjoy the suspense of trying to catch Howard the monster and be encouraged to face their fears. Thank you for a fun storybook.