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Library Lion (original 2006; edition 2009)

by Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Library Lion
Authors:Michelle Knudsen
Other authors:Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2009), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Picture Books
Rating:****
Tags:library, lion, lions, storytime, books, picture books, pencil drawings

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Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen (2006)

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A New York Times Bestseller that touches all age audience hearts! Faces expressions are very well portrayed in colorful acrylics and pencil, and can be used to infer, and to talk about changes. Student can predict the steps of this lion who enters the library, and become part of it, but break some of the rules, resulting in consequences. Excellent contemporary realistic fiction to practice summarizing and paraphrasing, and encourage the love for reading, and to do it in our local libraries.
  eearly15 | Jul 22, 2016 |
This is a book about a lovable lion who finds a home in the library. He comes for story time and soon becomes an important helper to the librarian, Mrs Merriwether. The other librarian, Mr. McBee does not appreciate having a lion in the library, but after an accident befalls Mrs. Merriwether, he soon realizes the benefit of having him around. This book teaches a wonderful lesson about following the rules. ( )
  paulaboy | Jul 18, 2016 |
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. As long as you follow the rules, you are permitted to enjoy the library. There are no rules about lions in a library, and why would there be? But one day, a lion walks into Miss Merriweather’s library, and no one is sure what to do. It turns out that the lion seems very well suited for the library. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library—at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion helps in the only way he knows how. Could there ever be a good reason to break the rules? Even in the library?
  wichitafriendsschool | May 22, 2016 |
"A deluxe edition celebrating ten years of a beloved classic: the New York Times best-selling ode to that wonderful place, the library."

When I was a child, the public library had rules, and they were followed, no matter what! The librarian was always circulating herself to make sure that we obeyed the rules and helped us find books to read.

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, runs her library as she wants...with rules that are to obey. One day, a lion wanders in. When Mr. McBee sees the lion walk past his circulation desk, he runs to Miss Merriweather's office. He tells her there is a lion in the library. She reprimands Mr. McBee for running in the library and then asks if the lion was breaking any rules. "Well, no," was Mr. McBee's answer. She told him to "...leave him be."

After sniffing the card catalog and rubbing his head against the new book collections (habits of cats), the lion goes to sleep on the beanbag in the story corner. (What a delightful drawing this is!) "No one was sure what to do. There weren't any rules about lions in the library."

The lion loved story hour. Miss Merriweather could not make the lion budge so she put him to work until the next day's story hour. He dusted the encyclopedias with his tail, licked envelopes for overdue notices, and he let small children stand on his back to reach books above. He makes a fine backrest for children listening at story hour. He seems to be a great addition to the library with his big padded feet quietly walking around.

One day, an accident occurs and the lion helps in the only way he knows. Can the library rules be broken for a good reason? You will have to read and see...or is that read and roar?
LOVE THIS BOOK! The art and the story are just great for a good story time whether at the library, at home, or in the classroom. Of course, it does not hurt that I am a (retired) children's librarian!!

Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

Awards & Honors

• A New York Times Best Seller
• A Junior Library Guild selection
• School Library Journal's Best Books of 2006
• Amazon.com's #1 pick for their list of the Best Picture Books of 2006
• Nick Jr. Family Magazine’s Best Books of 2006 ("Most Droll")
• Publishers Weekly Cuffie Award
• Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2007 Platinum Award
• 2006 Wilde Picture Book Award
• Child Magazine's Best Children's Books of 2006
• Winter 2006–2007 Book Sense Children's Picks List
• 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Children's Illustrated Honor Book
• Irma S. and James H. Black Honor Book for 2006
• 2007 Time of Wonder Award winner
• The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association 2007 Picture Book of the Year
Author

Michelle Knudsen has worked in libraries in New York City and Ithaca, New York. She is a freelance children's book editor and writing coach and a member of the MFA faculty in the Writing for Young People program at Lesley University. She is a New York Times best-selling author of 45 books for young readers, including the picture book Library Lion (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), the middle-grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian, and the young adult novel Evil Librarian, which was awarded the 2015 Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. Her most recent book is the picture book Marilyn's Monster (Candlewick, March 2015), illustrated by the wonderful Matt Phelan. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can find Michelle Knudsen @ http://www.michelleknudsen.com

Illustrator

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of more than forty books for children, including The Three Mouths of Little Tom Drum by Nancy Willard; Weslandia and Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman; and Handel, Who Knew What He Liked and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M. T. Anderson. Kevin Hawkes lives in southern Maine with his wife and children. He can be found at http://www.kevinhawkes.com

Library Lion was chosen as the featured cover art by the Association of Booksellers for Children's 2006 program, "Books Make Everything Better."
Editions have been/​will soon be published in the following countries/​languages:

• United Kingdom
• Australia
• Japanese
• Korean
• Taiwan (Complex Chinese)
• Simplified Chinese (Mainland China, excluding Hong Kong and Macao)
• Italian
• U.S. Spanish-language edition
• France
• Spanish
• Catalan
• Dutch
• Finnish
• Hebrew
• Slovenian
• Hungarian
• Turkish
• Russian ( )
  lindalou924 | Apr 22, 2016 |
A story about a lion that lives in the library and the struggle to keep him there without the librarian kicking him out
  NatalieCJones | Nov 25, 2015 |
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In loving memory of Carol J. Buckley, shining star of the Cornell University Library, who always had room in her heart for a new friend. We miss you. M. K.

To Priscilla, our first personal librarian. K. H.
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One day, a lion came to the library.
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An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library. Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763622621, Hardcover)

An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.


Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:06 -0400)

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A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

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