Tuesday, July 6, 2021

"Leilong the Library Bus" - a bookwrap



Leilong the Library Bus

Authored by Julia Liu

Illustrated by Bei Lynn


* Ages:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Reader Age:  5-7

* Hardcover:  36 pages

* Publisher:  Gecko Press Publication

* Pub. Date:  August 3, 2021

* Origin:  Taiwan

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

  • Kirkus Reviews – June 18, 2021
    Text and illustrations are perfectly matched here. Via Wang’s smooth translation from Chinese, Liu employs simple, direct third-person narration, enhanced by intriguing dialogue and winning characters. Lynn’s intricate cartoons provide scope and setting and much of the fun as well as thought-provoking details.
  • Collected #27 SLANZA – June 18, 2021
    A fun way to look at big or small, half full or half empty scenarios and thinking outside the box. Problem solving at its best!
  • Youth Services Book Review – May 14, 2021
    Lynn has created absorbing images with lots of detail and humor. This is a sweet adventure that celebrates dinosaurs and imagination.

The Book  

I love this book and especially the adorable, story-loving brontosaurus,  Leilong!  His friends are riding along on his back as he joins them for a special outing at the local library's story time.  He discovers that libraries have rules and one of them is you have to own your own  library card and you cannot be too HUGE to fit into their building.  Does Leilong qualify then for entry?  No, sadly enough, he doesn't. 

Undaunted Leilong remains outside and sticks his head in the window to hear the librarian read the story of "Little Red Riding Hood".  He gets so involved in the plot, along with other kids,  that he shouts responses as the librarian shares the book.  Leilong's shouts are so loud that the whole building goes into earthquake mode .... shaking... shaking...causing the books to crash off the shelves resulting in much chaos and destruction.  Oh my!  He is disciplined by being banished  forever from story time which brings him to tears.  Will it truly be forever or can the kids rally around their friend and cause the librarians to rethink his ostracism and reinstate him once again? 

The fun illustrations are wonderful.  They are full of detail and expression.  It's always a pleasure to support and celebrate books, librarians, libraries and story times.  I highly recommend "Leilong the Library Bus!" 

 Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Julia Liu has worked as an editor of children's fiction, and has published picture books, illustrated biographies of Einstein and Archimedes, and a collection of fairy tales. Julia lives in Taiwan.

About the Illustrator

Bei Lynn is an award-winning Taiwanese illustrator who has written and illustrated picture books, stories, magazines, and comics.

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