Library Lil

Library Lil

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by Suzanne Williams, Steven Kellogg
     
 

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From the day she was born, Lil had a book in her hand . . . so it's no surprise when she grows up to become a librarian herself. She even manages to turn the people of Chesterville-who are couch potatoes-into readers. But then Bust-'em-up Bill roars into town with his motorcycle gang. Just mention reading to him and you're toast. Has Lil finally met her match?

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From the day she was born, Lil had a book in her hand . . . so it's no surprise when she grows up to become a librarian herself. She even manages to turn the people of Chesterville-who are couch potatoes-into readers. But then Bust-'em-up Bill roars into town with his motorcycle gang. Just mention reading to him and you're toast. Has Lil finally met her match? This original tall tale by a real-life librarian, combined with Steven Kellogg's trademark humor, is better than any TV show!

"A librarian's favorite fantasy . . . The silliness of both story and pictures are perfectly matched . . . A winner for storytimes anywhere."
-School Library Journal, starred review

"This love story about books is enough to make anyone wish for a permanent TV blackout!"
-Children's Literature

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Suzanne Williams gives us a folk hero for these TV-driven times in Library Lil. Young Lil builds her muscles by toting books back and forth from the library. Her strength and wide reading stand her in good stead when, as a grown-up, she tries to persuade the townspeople to embrace books, rather than the boob tube. But when Bust-'em-up Bill and his book-hating gang roar into town, it seems that Lil has met her match. Steven Kellogg's illustrations, awash in yellow tones, are ebullient and engaging.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Lil is not a little old lady librarian. She's an exuberant, vivacious, exceptionally strong young woman who's been in love with books since birth. And she has a mission: to wean the good people of Chesterville from their TV sets ("an evil that ranked right up there with poison ivy and mosquitoes.") A fortuitous storm and electricity blackout gives Lil her chance. Soon everyone is reading, until a motorcycle gang rides into town. How Lil wins over Bust-'em-up Bill and his cohorts is amusing, and wonderfully and humorously illustrated in Steven Kellogg's inimitable style. This love story about books is enough to make anyone wish for a permanent TV blackout!
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Meet Library Lil, a woman of many talents. As a reader she learned to lift weights, play soccer, and build tree houses. She was strong in mind and body and spread her enthusiasm by becoming a librarian. The town was only interested in TV until a storm knocked out the power. Lil resurrects the old bookmobile and brings the books to the people. All went well until Bust-em-up-Bill came to town and wanted to watch Tuesday night wrestling. He is no match for our Lil. Scene after scene rollicks with Kellogg's rich imagination and joyful palette. Every library will want a few copies.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--A librarian's favorite fantasy. Lil the librarian is discouraged because no one comes to her dynamite storytimes, and no one checks out her terrific new books. The whole town would rather watch TV. Then one happy, stormy night, the power fails and stays off for two solid weeks. Lil pushes (credit her childhood practice lifting encyclopedias) the bookmobile (dead battery) around town and--presto!--changes vacant-eyed boob tubers into avid readers. But pretty soon, here comes trouble in the person of Bust-'em--up Bill, the tattooed leader of the (gasp) motorcycle gang. Bill blames Lil because there's no danged TV in the pool hall. Confrontation in the library parking lot! Bill's gang is waiting right where Lil wants to park her bookmobile. Will they move their bikes? Are you kidding? Nobody messes with Big Bad Bill, except of course, our heroine Lil. One by one, she tosses them aside, earning the respect of the not-so-scary desperadoes. The payoff is reading books, and since these guys are not academically gifted, Lil starts them off with Easys (Kellogg titles, natch). Pretty soon Lil has a new assistant. Bust-'em-up Bill is now Bookworm Bill, and the two even watch a little TV now and then. The silliness of both story and pictures are perfectly matched. Kellogg's distinctive toothy kids and laughing cats crowd the pages, fitting right in with the baby-faced biker banditos. A winner for storytimes anywhere.--Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Move over, Paul Bunyan—here comes Library Lil, who can toss a motorbike over her head like an apple core, balance a set of encyclopedias on the palm of one hand, speed-read every book in the children's room, tell a whale of a story, and convert an entire town to reading. Williams (Made in China, 1997, etc.) teams up with Kellogg for an exuberant, tongue-in-cheek adventure that will certainly strike a chord with book lovers. Lil, who always wanted to be a librarian, works in Chesterville, where the people watch too much television (which Lil labels "the Devil's Invention"). When a horrible storm takes down the power lines, Lil seizes her chance, pushing the bookmobile up and down the darkened streets and making sure that every man, woman, and child has a book to read. By the time electricity is restored two weeks later, the whole town is full of readers. When Bust-'em-up and his motorcycle gang roar into town and park in Lil's spot, there are more changes in the wind: Soon Bust-'em-up Bill becomes Bookworm Bill, and Lil finds time for a little Tuesday night wrestling on television. Great fun, with Kellogg's watercolors working hand-in-glove to put the humor of the tale over the top.

From the Publisher
“A librarian’s favorite fantasy . . . The silliness of both story and pictures are perfectly matched . . . A winner for storytimes anywhere.”
—School Library Journal, starred review

“This love story about books is enough to make anyone wish for a permanent TV blackout!”
—Children’s Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613359719
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 10.68(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
“A librarian’s favorite fantasy . . . The silliness of both story and pictures are perfectly matched . . . A winner for storytimes anywhere.”
—School Library Journal, starred review

“This love story about books is enough to make anyone wish for a permanent TV blackout!”
—Children’s Literature

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Library Lil 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Pepper26 More than 1 year ago
This story about a very unusual librarian will capture the attention of boys and girls, ages four to eight, and you will be reading it over and over for bedtime. Lil is one amazing, creative woman, as she figures a way to get the town back to reading, has a run-in with a biker gang, and faces a challenge to save her library. The ending ties everything together and will make you smile. The drawings are great, and the story holds the reader's interest throughout. Highly recommend this book !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book for my 5 year old granddaughter. We had gotten it out of the library and read it many times. She loves books and we read it many times. Of course, the illustrations by Steven Kellogg are terrific. I did have to explain what a stack of encyclopedias was but showed her a set in the library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Librarian Lil is about a girl who loved books and by the age of 8, she had already checked out all of the books in childrens' section. After that, she started on the encyclopedias. Her arms are very strong and people think it's because she was always carrying around encyclopedias. She could carry A-Z all in one arm. When she grew up, she became a nice librarian, not a mean one that is strict. This is all I can tell you for now. To find out more, you'll have to read the book!