Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian, written by Jacob Sager Weinstein, reviewed by Caroline Rabideau

Summary: When Doctor Glockenspiel, the sweater wearing, moth-controlling evil villain escapes from prison, the first thing he wants to do is eliminate all the worlds books. The only person who can save them is the one girl who loves the books so much she would risk her life for them. Slowly and in costume, she infiltrates Doctor Glockenspiel's secret lair, giving each person she meets their just-right book, teaching them to love to read again. Will they turn on their leader and save the books? Or will the Secret Librarian fail at her task, allowing the books of the world to be consumed by the dreaded moths? The world may never know, unless you read Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian!

Straight Talk for Librarians:
This book was hilarious! I highly suggest, if you read this to your students, that you begin by playing the mission impossible theme and you read in your best comic book action hero voice. This is going to be one of those fun books that librarians love to read to their kiddos. This would be a great way to encourage your students who say they don't like to read to keep trying until they find something they're interested in. I often tell students who say they don't like reading, "it's because you haven't found the right book yet." Lyric McKerrigan teaches the characters to love reading by providing them books at their level on topics that mater most to them. It was no surprise that the illustrator has a history of writing graphic fiction, as the book was illustrated in a comic book style, with text boxes throughout the image. It would be a good way to introduce graphic fiction to your students.

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