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When the library lights go out / story by Megan McDonald ; illustrations by Katherine Tillotson.

McDonald, Megan. (Author).
Book Book (c2005.)
Description: [ 32] p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2005.
3 of 3 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 3 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Main Children's Picture Books Child Picture Book MCD (Text to Phone) Available -
Everett - Shute Memorial Children's Picture Books E/McDonald (Text to Phone) Available -
Salem State ERA Education Resource Area Educ. Res. PS 3563 .A292 W5 2005 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 0689861702
  • Edition: 1st ed.
General Note: "A Richard Jackson Book."
Summary: When the lights go out in the library, the storytime puppets set out on an adventure to find their missing friend, Hermit Crab.
Authors: Tillotson, Katherine, (ill.).
Citation: McDonald, Megan. "When the library lights go out." New York, NY : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2005 November #1
    PreS-Gr. 2. After the library closes for the evening, story hour puppets Rabbit and Lion search for their puppet-friend Hermit Crab. Armed with a map, a flashlight, and a picnic salvaged from the "ucky-blucky" trash can, they explore the dark library, afraid that giants may have eaten their friend. When they become lost, Lion makes a paper boat, and they sail across the library--into a rock that talks, which turns out to be Hermit Crab, on his own adventure. Then the three friends share a late-night snack "and read themselves to sleep under the stars." Softly colored illustrations show the puppets enjoying their after-hours freedom but apprehensive about what might be hiding in the library's dark corners. A charming story, with special appeal for children who are convinced their own toys come to life in their absence. ((Reviewed November 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2005 November
    PreS-Gr 3-Three puppets enjoy a nighttime adventure in a library after hours. Amiable and amusing full-page illustrations, done in oils on paper, capture a sense of being alone in a big space and convey the warmth of wood tables and shelves full of books, but the text provides only an impressionistic and sketchy plot. Hermit Crab is missing from the puppet box after the librarian leaves, and Rabbit, who has been steeped in fairy tales, decides that she has been taken by a giant. Lion, more stolid and practical, finds a map that seems to point to landmarks within the building, but it tears as the friends pull at it. Lion folds the pieces into a boat, a sail, a captain's hat. Endearing as these puppets are to look at, they are frustrating to read about. The story reads, even aloud, like one improvised with puppets in hand: long on action and dialogue but with too many moments that pull against the center. Some of the magical elements seem inconsistent as well: Lion and Rabbit can sail the paper boat across the floor in the moonlight (the clock), but then dine on the remains of a real baloney sandwich and toast marshmallows over a lit match (in the library!!!). Overall, an appealing concept that doesn't quite live up to its magical promise.-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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