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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,249 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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Instant hit with grandkids!

We just finished a long drive with mid-elementary school age grandkids. I had gotten several books, and they settled on listening to this one. The younger (7 years old) took a while to get into it (it really is about 12 and 13 year olds, and has a lot of fascinating information--but things he wouldn't have known about before). But very quickly even he got caught up in the story--a contest where kids have to find particular things/information in a library-- and didn't want to turn it off.

In fact, even though we have now arrived at our destination, they are both sitting and still listening, hoping to finish it tonight before they fall asleep! From my perspective, I think that tells you how engrossing a story it is. They are fascinated with it. I love the narration, too. Happily, I looked ahead and discovered this book has a sequel. They will be thrilled! The author has utilized a lot of computer game type references--things that are part of their young world already, even though not my old one :-) My mother (their great grandmother) was an elementary school librarian. And this book is all about a library. I can't help thinking, were she still alive, she would be grinning from ear to ear watching two normally very active little boys glued to the iPod, to be able to listen to this book. Best praise I know how to offer.

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SO MUCH FUN!

I loved it! And not just because I'm a librarian. Lol. I liked the theme of the story as well as all the references to books.

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Written for the young but enjoyed by an adult.

Would you listen to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library again? Why?

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.

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Excellent book!!!

purchased this book to listen to with my grandchildren. The seven-year-old and nine-year-old enjoyed it but the 12-year-old was enthralled! We seriously enjoyed listening to this book and stayed in the car to hear the ending. We had many discussionsabout some of the books mentioned and which ones we would like to read and also different ideas on how to we would manage the clues or the escape route. All in all an excellent book!

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First audio book

This was my first audio book and I truly enjoyed it. It was light hearted and even entertained my 10 year old who is not a big reader. I would absolutely recommend this book as a fun, fast read.

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Cool

This is a nice book and it makes your imagination run wild!! You should really try it

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Amazing!

Inspiring, funny, real, and satisfying. The store comes together in the end for a wonderful finish to a great book! Perfect for ages 9-13.

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Fun story for kids who love puzzles and libraries

My 7 year old bookworm loved listening to this book. I enjoyed it also. Lots of fun references to all sorts of literature as the characters work to solve the puzzles to escape the library.

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  • Jennifer
  • Macedon, NY, United States
  • 04-27-14

Libraries and Boardgames-My Two Favorite Things!!!

What did you love best about Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library?

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!

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Great story, disappointing modern language

What a smart idea for a book. Expertly navigated and read my kids enjoyed this almost immediately (and once the game started, so did I). My only complaint, and this is a very common complaint of mine with modern children's literature, was the language and slang the author uses. I understand that to some it matches the times, but it bothers me that kids (like my 9 year old), become desensitized to words like "hate" and "stupid" and that its cool for the 12 year old protagonist to say "crap". But the worst, by far, was describing the antagonist as a "brown noser". Um, what? I am so glad my kids didn't ask me what that was. Do kids actually call each other that? Do adults? I'd almost rather the author call him an a** kisser. Anyway, these are just a few examples of the consistently colorful language used to describe what kids think of each other in this world. If you can get past it, and we did (and thankfully it calms down about midway through), you'll discover an incredibly clever book that does get kids thinking about literature, authors and their library. We had our own Lemoncello library the other day and the kids made their own cards and enjoyed browsing books selected just for them. This would have been a five star review, but I can't get past the brown noser and other language used.

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  • Liam T.
  • 03-16-16

this is a great book no matter your age /m 18

a really engaging book loved it very one should read listen to this book. yay

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  • EC W
  • 04-24-18

Underwhelming - probably works better in print

This really didn't work for me. To start with, its obviously designed for an American audience as most of the "famous people" & "famous authors" mentioned are American, this makes following the games for an English 10 year old (albeit a very well read one) rather difficult as you don't know who the heck they are.

When games and clues are read out, at various points of the book, you often get a list of letters, or list of descriptions of flash cards (baby, hat, baseball player) and my brain just turned off and let the words flow over and around me. This again made it very difficult to play the games along with the main characters. Obviously, if you are reading an ACTUAL book it would be much easier as you could see the letters in print. There is a lot of this by the way. So much that I asked if we could return the book and get something else ... my son wanted to know the end so I had to grit my teeth. But even he admitted this isn't a keeper.

The characters are American standard models too; cheerleader, nerd, ruthless rich kid. Meh.

Its a shame really. The descriptive passages of the library are fantastic - very Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory - and the premise is great. It just doesn't work very well as an audiobook.

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  • Vera Gu
  • 11-06-16

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This book has been very excitable and interesting,however note they call Harry potters first book Harry Potter and the SORCERES stone instead of philosophers stone other than that this audio has correct I formation and they put it in a interesting format for young readers.