Librarian's Night Before Christmas

Librarian's Night Before Christmas

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by David Davis, Jim Harris
     
 

"Santa is appropriately jolly and the elves, exuberant. A library cat and mouse contribute to the antics." --School Library Journal

"This volume will definitely find a place in the hearts of librarians and library lovers."
--Review of Texas Books

Due to low staffing, a librarian must spend her Christmas Eve stacking the shelves at a library in desperate need of

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"Santa is appropriately jolly and the elves, exuberant. A library cat and mouse contribute to the antics." --School Library Journal

"This volume will definitely find a place in the hearts of librarians and library lovers."
--Review of Texas Books

Due to low staffing, a librarian must spend her Christmas Eve stacking the shelves at a library in desperate need of renovations. After the strain of a long night that has left her feeling "like Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol," she is pleasantly surprised to see Santa and his elves coming to her rescue in a red bookmobile. Santa helps out by signing Newbery winners and starred Caldecotts and then reads to the children. His elves, eager to help, stock the library shelves with Hawthorne, Steinbeck, Millay, and Hemingway and then replace the rugs, fix leaks, and organize gifts according to the Dewey decimal system. After paying overdue library fines, Santa tells everyone, "Do one more good deed. Have a real merry Christmas--teach someone to read!"

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School Library Journal

Gr 2 Up-A weary, somewhat disgruntled librarian is visited on Christmas Eve by a bookmobile-driving St. Nick who proceeds to restock the shelves, read to the children, and pay off overdue fines. The idea is good, but this spin on the classic poem lacks polish. In several instances, words that should rhyme do not. There are also numerous references to ideas and names that will be meaningless to most children (pork-barrel money, Jane Austen). Some good messages come through ("The best gift of all is a library card!" "Have a real Merry Christmas-teach someone to read!"), yet a bitter taste underlies the poem in its complaints against "the powers that be," most notably in the couplet that reads: "For the book-budget cutters, Old Claus had no plan,/'Cause ifthey could read, they just read Ayn Rand." The artwork, though sketchy, is colorful and engaging. Santa is appropriately jolly and the elves, exuberant. A library cat and mouse contribute to the antics. This book might be fun to read aloud at the staff holiday party, but it isn't likely to be of much interest to kids.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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ISBN-13:
9781589803367
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Night Before Christmas Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
610,758
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Librarian's Night Before Christmas 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an elementary school librarian and received this book as a gift. I was very excited, until I read it. The author used vocabulary throughout that will go right over most kids heads. Who has heard of flummoxed? And what child can relate to reading Fahrenheit 451, or Hawthorne, Steinbeck or Millay? The idea was a good one, but this story went on and on, and it did not follow the original at all. Not recommended for elementary kids.