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With another title in the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series published in August 2020, I figured it was time to stop adding to my TBR pile (to be read). I then proceeded to my Libby app and checked out the first audiobook Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Next I’m on a fun wacky adventure with a bunch of 7th grade middle schoolers trying to win a game where the goal is to get out of the library. As a parent and library lover I was in turn amused, horrified, exasperated and fully immersed in Kyle’s attempts to solve puzzles and clues to reach the goal. In fact I enjoyed it so much searched my Netflix app for the movie Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library (2017). Unfortunately as is so often the case, the book was better than the movie. Maybe if I watched the movie first or wasn’t an adult it would have been better. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
I then returned to the series listening to Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, and Mr.Lemoncello’s Great Library Race. I enjoyed hearing how the hometown team developed as individuals and friends as they solved more clues and puzzles. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library has become a great addition to my if I could visit anywhere list. The fourth book took a little twist as I had become definitely not a fan of Charles Chiltington, Kyle and his friends’ antagonist. So I was surprised that after Charles tries to win the game by cheating again how both I and the other main characters get a glimpse into what causes Charles to be so easy to route against. All of the books in the series offer interesting insights into famous books, famous people and library information. There is also a moral lesson in each book. I can’t wait for my turn to listen to Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket from the Libby app since I’m rating this series as 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Review by Nancy H.