4 hours ago
~ Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library ~
In the mood for something simple and fun? Can't get enough of Libraries? Do you ADORE games and riddles?
My people, this is the book for you. "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" is a great Middle Grade book: its simple, clean, and its about books (c'mon, what can get better than THAT?) I enjoyed reading this, and have since read the second and am currently on the third. These books have a wacky, fun feel to them that I love. Though the character's lack in having their own strong voices and I would have liked the riddles/games to be a little more...able to be solved by me? (I mean, yesss, I am terrible at riddles and all that - so it makes sense I wouldn't be able to get any of this right, however, a lot of it was things that I don't think your "normal" person is gonna know. Besides I was hoping for more of those "I get that reference!" moments). I will say, I liked the second book better than the first *coughs*.... ANYWAY. This series is a LOT like Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory (even the characters think so!), and as for Mr. Lemoncello himself... For the longest time, whenever there was a scene or dialogue with him I could not figure out the voice I was mimicking for him, and I was picturing someone, but I just COULD NOT PLACE IT.
And then it HIT me. He's like the Library-loving billionare version of Mr. Magorium from "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" - so yeah, that's who I picture as Mr. Lemoncello (and looky there, the whole set up of the titles is like, super similar). Aaaaand there ya have it! Mr. Lemoncello - the perfect mixture of Willy Wonka and Mr. Magorium all stuck together with a love for books.