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If you think of all the wonderful experiences in your life, one of the best is getting your first library card. All that vast knowledge at your fingertips! It's no wonder, then, that little Beverly Billingsly is thrilled to have her own.
In Alexander Stadler's gentle and heartwarming picture book, little Beverly gets her borrowing privileges and winds up learning the responsibility that comes with them. After Beverly receives her new library card from Mrs. Del Rubio, she immediately finds a cool book about dinosaurs and checks it out. Beverly is so inspired by the book that she builds a prehistoric jungle habitat, but her joy quickly turns to horror when she realizes she's missed the return due date. After much worrying and warnings from friends of the severe penalties that await her (such as thousand-dollar fines and possible jail time) make her lose her appetite and give her nightmares, Beverly finally confesses her mistake to her mother. Together they return the book, and Mrs. Del Rubio kindly checks it back in. To Beverly's surprise, there's even another dinosaur lover at the library, Oliver Schumacher, with whom she shares some knowledge of pterodactyls and starts the Piedmont Dinosaur Club!
Thick ink lines and sweet expressions give Alexander's book a warm glow. Beverly is a charming new character, and children will readily connect with her interests and fears. If anything, it will help them learn that if they face their problems, things might not be as scary as they seem. We can only hope, too, that there'll be more to come for Beverly, Oliver, and the Piedmont Dinosaur Club. (Matt Warner)