Do you love Willy Wonka and all his crazy puzzles and sayings? If so, then you will love Chris Grabenstein’s character Mr. Lemoncello!
Lemoncello is the name everyone knows in the novel, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. He is famous for leading the way in all things games. So when Mr. Lemoncello offers students the chance to play the ultimate game, the competition to escape Lemoncello’s new library beyond what you can imagine is underway! That is if you are able to solve your way out of the library!
Kyle knows games, especially Lemoncello’s games. On a whim, he enters the contest, and despite his lack of book knowledge, Kyle is selected to be among the competitors fighting to escape Lemoncello’s quirky library. However, Kyle quickly learns that one person alone could never withstand the surprises of Lemoncello’s library.
The greatest aspect of this book is that every reader can enter Lemoncello’s library with Kyle and the other competitors. Through the entire novel, Chris Grabenstein has included the same clues and puzzles that the characters are being faced with at the game time. These clues and puzzles drive the plot forward, and it allows you to be right in the story as if you were one of the competitors.
I absolutely recommend this book to your readers that love to solve puzzles and figures out clues. I found that this book worked the best with my highest readers. The main reason is that they are very tough, and most of the clues require you to have excessive knowledge of children’s literature.
Escape from Lemoncello’s Library was recently made into a motion picture. It debuted on Nickelodeon in the Fall of 2017
Escape from Lemoncello’s Library is a trilogy. If you love this book, which you will, I recommend reading the next two books in the series. The second book in the series is Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, and the final book is Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race.