Library Monster and the Book of Pickles

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2023
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

What would you do if a character escaped from a book? What if that character was a monster? Four children will have to solve this problem - one more time. Hungry Howard (that is the monster's name) had already escaped once, and it did not work to trap him in a jail book. Who can advise the children on how to proceed this time? The librarian, of course. Her name is Miss Beth, and she has the solution: read the book to the monster. Will our young heroes be able to find Howard and capture him? Laurel Lorenzini will reveal all in Library Monster and the Book of Pickles.

As a child, I often fantasized about characters who escaped from their books to live in our world, but I realized that if one of them were a monster, things would be unpleasant. In Library Monster and the Book of Pickles, this amusing nightmare comes true for four children, and I have to say I had a blast with them. Laurel Lorenzini described this scenario delightfully, setting the tale in a world that all children who love books will find pleasant and familiar - the library. The book is delightful to read and beautiful to admire because the illustrations are wonderful. I recommend it to all young readers who love to fantasize about the characters in their books and how they might behave if they ran away. I am sure they will have a lot of fun.

Pikasho Deka

Four friends were enjoying classic stories in the children's room when they discovered Howard, the book-eating monster, had escaped into the library. The children attempt to trap him inside a jail book, only to end up right where they started. Finally, they realized only one option was available—seek help from the librarian, Miss Beth. Miss Beth came up with an ingenious solution and advised them on how to trap Howard. The kids set off to enact their plan, but first, they must locate the original book from which Howard had escaped. Will they be able to get Howard inside a book again? Or will he continue to eat books? Grab a copy of Library Monster and the Book of Pickles by Laurel Lorenzini to find out.

Hop on for a fun-filled adventure with yet another delightful children's picture book by Laurel Lorenzini. Libraries are usually quiet places where people read in peace. But what happens when there's a monster roaming about, eating up all the books? This is the premise of Library Monster and the Book of Pickles. Laurel Lorenzini's vibrant characters leap off the pages, wonderfully complemented by brilliant artwork from Daniela Garcia. There is a gentle message underlying the narrative about friendship and the benefits of working together. The four friends team up with one goal and see the task through to the finish line. Overall, an engaging tale for kids under the age of ten.

Bryone Peters

Library Monster and the Book of Pickles by Laurel Lorenzini is a colorful and enjoyable book for all young readers. Library books, and ultimately the library, are in danger of being destroyed by a monster, Hungry Howard, the library monster. Who would have thought that being in the library could be so exciting and scary? The librarian will assist with any problems in the library, even with finding a solution to banishing a pesky monster! Four brave and avid readers search for Howard to save the library as they work together in an exciting adventure. The four little heroes try to track the library monster. Where to start since the library is enormous? Will the four heroes be able to find the naughty monster?

Library Monster and the Book of Pickles by Laurel Lorenzini is a fun and beautiful tool for entertaining young readers and will reinforce their love for reading books. Beautiful illustrations fill the entire page. The colorful spreads will capture readers' attention and keep them entertained from beginning to end. The story is suspenseful. Young readers will be unable to stop reading in anticipation of finding and successfully capturing Howard, the library monster. The conversational dialogue between the four protagonist children is fun and charming. Many pages are dialogue-free. These illustration-only pages work well for young readers eager to see what happens next. I would happily recommend this delightful book because it has all the elements of a fantastic book for the young reader.

Alex Ndirangu

Library Monster and the Book of Pickles by Laurel Lorenzini offers a gripping adventure story for children. Today will be more than just another day for the children in the library. They trapped Howard, a ravenous book-eating monster, in a jail book. But he's on the loose again, and now tooth-marked papers and books are lying all over the floor in the library. The children will have to move fast before the library is no more. The only way to capture an escaped book character is by reading the book out loud to the character, then closing the book firmly and pressing down on the cover. But the library is vast, and Howard could be anywhere, hungrily feasting on books. Will the children capture the monster before it's too late?

The large, colorful illustrations throughout the story will hold your child's attention. The child being read to is likely to maintain interest, even if they have a short attention span, because there are just a few sentences on each page. The aura surrounding the story is charged with anticipation. It starts with intrigue and suspense as the news that the book-eating monster is roaming the shelves spreads to everyone throughout the library. Then an exciting turn of events that involves solving mysteries as a team erupts, followed by fast-paced action and even more action. All these scenes have been described and shown in high-quality art by Daniela Garcia that will pique any young reader's interest. While enjoying the exciting adventure, young readers will learn how to use the computer catalog to find books in the library. The moral lessons in The Library Monster and The Book of Pickles by Laurel Lorenzini will instill in children the value of friendship and teamwork and the importance of seeking help whenever feeling defeated. Grab a copy for your child and enjoy it together.

Michaela Gordoni

In Laurel Lorenzini’s picture book, Library Monster and the Book of Pickles, a pesky pink monster named Hungry Howard escapes from his paged prison and starts eating up all the other books (with a particular fondness for one about yummy, crunchy pickles). When the determined kids at the library discover he is up to no good, they set out to find him and put him back where he belongs. With a little help from the librarian and the library’s computer catalog, the kids work together to save the most cherished things within the library's walls: its visitors and books!

Library Monster and the Book of Pickles by Laurel Lorenzini is Hungry Howard’s second appearance; his first is in Laurel Lorenzini’s picture book, titled Library Monster. Laurel Lorenzini has written a creative and imaginative story that makes an adventure at the library come to life in the readers’ hands. The pictures are bright and detailed and go very well with the story. The kids at the library love to have a sense of responsibility and feel important, and if they can save the library from Hungry Howard, they will be true heroes. Library Monster and the Book of Pickles will subtly capture the hearts of young readers, inspiring them to have a sense of responsibility and to value and protect the treasures found within books while fostering a love for the library as a sanctuary of knowledge, fun, and imagination.