A New York Times bestseller.
Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative game maker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.
Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.
In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new listeners will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.
©2013 Chris Grabenstein (P)2013 Listening Library
Lover of the magic of movies | Fan of risk takers and believers | Indulger in games and imagination | Reader of words that touch souls
Yes. Well read by the narrator. He gave a voice to each character, even those with accents. The children's voices sounded as such but as a personally preference I listened to it sped up because the reading felt just slightly too slow. That only served to enhance the child-like quality of the narrator's vocal technic. I did have a hardcover version of this book so I can say he describes the pictures that are sprinkled throughout the book quite well, so you won't be missing anything on that front. I personally am a big fan of books and boardgames so that was the main draw for me to this book. I laughed and the little quirks throughout and smirked when a child acted the way I remember me and some of my friends acted at that age. This book had puzzles, action, comaraderie, and life lessons all bound together. It's a good one, in my book.
I loved how the characters needed to learn, grow AND work together to achieve success. Don't get me wrong, I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and there was something of that feel here...but here the characters weren't cookie cutter-they had flaws and strengths and they grew to see those things in themselves and each other!
The way this book refers back to other stories, details from various places in the text and uses formal grammar makes it the perfect resource for more than just reading. It models thinking, speaking and learning through the vice of a good storytelling experience. The entire time the audience is coached about decision - making, paying attention to details and practicing social standards that derail bullying. This is an excellent classroom resource for linking mutiple lessons and should be read after at least two of the other books it mentions to ensure students get the full benefit of reading this book.
Great book with many book references to my favorite books. And a great narration to go with it. Happy face
This was an amazing example of how the author can really pull mystery into an amazing story without making to long to short or to slow or fast. It also showed me my inner detective, telling the clues so you could figure out the mystery yourself. GO LEMONCELLO AND KYLE KEELEY'S AMAZING TEAM😄😄😄😄😄😄😉😉😉😉😉😉😉
Listened to the audio book. Great story and narrator. Would love to see a "board game" to coincide with the library elements in the story. Think it would be a great read-a-loud for fourth or fifth grade. Wide range of characters portrayed...gamer, nerd, athlete, bookworm, rich kid, etc. As a former elementary school media specialist, I love how one sees the importance of this institution and the people who show/teach/demonstrate how to find the information their patrons are seeking.
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