Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald

The Librarian Has Vanished!

When the librarian doesn’t show up for story time the kids decide to search for her. They follow a trail of clues until they get to the librarian's desk which is sticky.  A jar of honey rests on its side. Since a bear is sitting behind the desk reading a cookbook they assume the bear is the new librarian. 
"Could you read us a story?"
The bear pulls out a book about bears, of course. But the bear only roars and stomps. A little disappointing for story hour. 

When the missing librarian suddenly shows up the kids seem relieved. She explains that she is late because a volcano erupted in the Ancient History section of the library and that there was lava everywhere. The children quickly accept that explanation and look forward to the story she will now read to them.

She starts reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But Baby Bear seems to be missing from the story. And what was that bear librarian all about? Oops! 

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: 
There were a few things that didn’t quite work for me. The tags  (said Dee, she declared, she asked, etc.) were distracting since there were so many. Also, the title, The New LiBEARian, would lead one to think the bear is a new librarian. Nope. Seems the bear belongs in a story. And at this point, the book takes a completely different twist. I wish the book would have been one or the other, not combined both missing librarian and storybook characters.

What I Liked Most:  
I like the concept of the last part of the book. It felt very imaginative and exciting for kids to read about characters from storybooks disappearing from the books. The illustrations are simple, bright and very kid-friendly.

Author: Alison Donald
Illustrations: Alex Willmore
Publisher: Clarion Books (January  2018)


  • Approx. Words: 377
  • Ages: 4-7
  • Pages: 32

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