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. (Amazon)
Reviewed by Julie, Children's lit. enthusiast and pop culture geek
Everybody knows that the library has certain rules: You must be quiet. You must not run. You must treat books with respect. But one day, when a lion shows up to Miss Meriweather’s library, no one knows quite what to do. As it turns out, the lion is very friendly, very quiet, and very suited to working in a library. He becomes a regular, loved by all patrons. However, one day, something terrible happens—and the lion is banished. What will it take for Miss Meriweather to get her favorite furry patron allowed back to the library?
With lovely text by Michelle Knudson and charming illustrations by Kevin Hawkes, LIBRARY LION captures the sense of universal love and respect for libraries. Through an unlikely protagonist, children will learn that, while rules are important, sometimes they are meant to be broken.
Market: Picture Book
Mature themes: none