Return of the Library Dragon

2012. 32p. 978-1-56145-621-5. 16.95.
Gr 1-2–Retiring librarian Lotta Scales envisions the Sunrise Elementary Library of the future, and it is not the Sunrise Elementary Cybrary, a center for “MePods,” printers, and 10,000 books on a screen. Mike Krochip, the IT guy, boldly employs the Book-Be-Gone 5000 to whisk away all books while the students gather together to explain why printed volumes hold a special place in their hearts. The idea that tablets are replacing books now sent to storage raises Miss Lotty’s ire, and she reverts to her former fire-breathing (now laptop eating) alter ego, threatening to eat “every last byte” to protect the books. The Library Dragon may only be tamed by one who deeply loves learning. Enter Molly Brickmeyer, returned as the newly hired, “media-library-cyber-book specialist,” to help students who also love technology “unplug, for the love of books.” Eye-catching airbrush art in the style of the Library Dragon (Peachtree, 1994) allows readers to enjoy additional searches for humor in twisted book titles, spoofs on tech terminology, and plot or text similarities with the fiery original. Written with a love for the printed word that spreads to quotes on endpapers, this title will find a following with Miss Lotty’s fans.–Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
In this follow-up to The Library Dragon, wherein a school librarian learned to allow students to use "her" books, she is now on the verge of retirement and is enraged when technology replaces the print materials in her library. Punning abounds, and the illustrations are droll and lighthearted, but the humor doesn't lighten Deedy's heavy-handed message.

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