Pagemasterby David Kirschner
Books didn't really interest ten-year-old Richard Tyler. As far as he could tell they didn't cause mercury poisoning, earthquakes, or any of the host of other things that Richard was afraid of. This all changes, however, when Richard meets the Pagemaster, keeper of the books and guardian of the written word, and is plunged into a land where the world's greatest stories have become reality. Upon entering the realm of classic literature, Richard watches kindly Dr. Jekyll turn into the maniacal Mr. Hyde; comes face to face with Long John Silver, the meanest, most black-hearted pirate who ever sailed the seven seas; and is swallowed whole by a firebreathing dragon.
Timid and overcautious, all Richard wanted was to get out of a rainstorm and call his parents. Instead, he is given an adventure that will change his life forever. Joined by three unlikely companions-library books who have come to life-Richard is forced to confront his fears and find the courage he didn't know he possessed. What began as a young boy's quest for home and safety turns into a voyage of personal growth, friendship, and an appreciation for the power of books. Heeding the advice of the Pagemaste, When in doubt, look to the books," Richard learns lessons about literature, life, and humanity.
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As an elementary librarian I have read this book to many of my students. It fuels an interest in many different genres of books while letting students see that books can be exciting and take them places they've never been before. Unfortunately my copies of this book are failing - and I'm desperately searching for new copies.
I loved the movie since the first time i saw it and then this year i bought this book and now i love both. i had always wondered y i loved to read so much well i re-rented this movie that i had not seen since i was 5 and fond out that this movie is what stirred my thirst for knowledge in books. :)