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The Book of Lost Things
John Connolly
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1) - Chris Grabenstein Yes, it's similar to [b:Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|6310|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)|Roald Dahl|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309211401s/6310.jpg|2765786] but with books and a library. It's what I imagine [b:Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore|13538873|Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore|Robin Sloan|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1345089845s/13538873.jpg|6736543] Junior would be like. It's a heavy mix of Trivial Pursuit for the biblionerd, Clue (without the dead body), and part word puzzle.

I found it a charming and quick read. I blazed through to discover along with the kids where the rabbit hole would lead. Of course, working in a library I adored it and how Mr. Lemoncello's library would appeal to children of all ages. I wish every one could view a library as holding so many secrets and fun waiting to be discovered.

It's nice to also read about kids getting along, working as a team, and supporting everyone's efforts. I loved the numerous literary references tucked in to all of the dialogue.