Feb 12, 2016

Recent Reads: Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics of Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's Library OlympicsMr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
Series: Mr. Lemoncello's Library #2
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  January 5, 2016


Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed from the Library.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
The much-anticipated, puzzle-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling, award-winning ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY!

Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympiad! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again!

This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. Will it be fun? Like the commercials say. . . HELLO? It’s a Lemoncello! But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr. Lemoncello’s library. Is someone trying to CENSOR what the kids are reading?! In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, the kids will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Now it’s not just a game—can Mr. Lemoncello find the real defenders of books and champions of libraries? Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is a deliciously fun, action-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Let the games begin!

I absolutely LOVED Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, the riddles and the library theme was wonderful and I think that all readers...not just middle grade ones, should read it. It was a wonderful book and so fun. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics was just as spectacular. 

In the first book, Mr. Lemoncello held a contest to get out of his new spectacular library. In this new book, the kids that won that game must uphold their title as champions and compete against teams from across the US in the Library Olympics. 

The first book I read in paperback  and this one I borrowed from the library as an audiobook. I loved the reader and the book was wonderful, but I feel like I lost some of the fun of solving the riddles and games since they were not in front of me on paper.

That being said, I still absolutely loved the story. I don't want to spoil the first book for anyone -- SO GO READ IT -- but what I love about these books is the love for the library and how the authors does such a wonderful job crafting various games and clues that will both teach readers fun and random things but also show that reading and learning is fun. The books have great messages about sharing knowledge and teamwork and how to have fun and make learning fun. And this installment even does one better and talks about banned books and how you shouldn't stifle the knowledge that is out there. 

This was just a fun book, I am a huge fan of this series and really need to go buy them and add them to my collection. These books are so great and I think that you can read them multiple times and never be bored with them. 


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