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The Island of Dr. Libris

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The Island of Dr. Libris

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New from the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson! Celebrate the power of imagination with this action-packed New York Times bestseller that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy's spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there's Dr. Libris's private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It's almost as if the stories he's reading are coming to life! But that's impossible . . . isn't it?

"A wonderful tale. . . . This book is like no other I've read. It's a complete original." --James Patterson

"Kids will enjoy the cartoonish mayhem, especially given Grabenstein's breezy narrative voice and jaunty wit....as in 'Lemoncello', there is a winning generosity and sweetness to the story's telling."--The New York Times

"Chris Grabenstein gleefully plunders great works of literature for his cast of secondary characters . . . a madcap mash-up that 8-to-12 year olds will want to devour in big gulps."--The Wall Street Journal

"Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun." -- Booklist Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.
New from the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson! Celebrate the power of imagination with this action-packed New York Times bestseller that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy's spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there's Dr. Libris's private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It's almost as if the stories he's reading are coming to life! But that's impossible . . . isn't it?

"A wonderful tale. . . . This book is like no other I've read. It's a complete original." --James Patterson

"Kids will enjoy the cartoonish mayhem, especially given Grabenstein's breezy narrative voice and jaunty wit....as in 'Lemoncello', there is a winning generosity and sweetness to the story's telling."--The New York Times

"Chris Grabenstein gleefully plunders great works of literature for his cast of secondary characters . . . a madcap mash-up that 8-to-12 year olds will want to devour in big gulps."--The Wall Street Journal

"Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun." -- Booklist Reviews

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  • Lexile:
    640
  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
    3

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About the Author-
  • CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the author of the New York Times bestseller Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and the Haunted Mystery series. He is also the coauthor, with James Patterson, of the #1 bestselling I Funny and Treasure Hunters series. You can visit Chris at ChrisGrabenstein.com.
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  • DOGO Books michellek21 - Billy spend his summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to a mysterious scientist, Dr. Libris. However, something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, whenever Billy reads one of the books from Dr. Libris' s private bookcase, the characters from the book will appear on the island next to the cabin. He can hear the characters voice, the clash of swords, and the twang of arrows. After I read this book, I realise that having imaginations and creativity can make the world better. Imaginations creates our future and make impossible things into possible things. Like Billy, he uses his imaginations to create real live characters. Also, it can block all the reality and pressure, and make your life better.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 5, 2015
    Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library) delivers a science-based variation on the theme of fictional characters being brought to life. When Billy’s mathematician mother, who has been studying the concept of parallel universes, explains to him that “Some people refuse to accept the limits given to them by others,” the 12-year-old doesn’t give the statement another thought—until he discovers he can make impossible things happen through the power of his imagination, combined with reading. With his parents headed toward a likely divorce, Billy is spending a “boring” summer with his mother in a rental cottage, but a foray into the library of the absent owner, Dr. Libris, leads Billy to an island where fictional characters appear. Grabenstein mixes up a melange of characters from the books Billy (and eventually two neighbor children) reads, with Hercules, Robin Hood, the Three Musketeers, Tom Sawyer, and even Pollyanna coming together in dangerous escapades. While the adventures are not especially suspenseful, the story moves at a quick pace and has a good-natured tone that makes for a light but satisfying read. Ages 8–12. Agent: Eric Myers, Spieler Agency.

  • James Patterson "A wonderful tale... This book is like no other I've read. It's a complete original."
  • Kirkus Reviews "In this entertaining literary romp, the author includes references to over 20 classic tales, from Aesop's Fables to Holes. For curious readers, he's listed the titles at the end, but familiarity with these stories is not required to appreciate this fast-paced fantasy. Readers will wish their summers were so eventful."
  • Booklist Reviews "Readers will appreciate Billy's cleverness in solving his ever-growing problems, as these literary characters make plenty of trouble outside the confines of their intended stories. Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun."
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