Return of the Library Dragon

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After 682 years of faithful service, Miss Lotty is retiring from guarding books. But before she can check out of Sunrise Elementary for good, disaster strikes. Someone has ordered all the books removed from the library and replaced with machines! It's enough to make Lotty feel a little...dragon-like. When she bursts into a fiery rage, only one thing can make her shed her scales: assurance that someone will fight to keep her precious books in the hands of Sunrise's children. Lotty is sure she'll have to stay on ...

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Overview

After 682 years of faithful service, Miss Lotty is retiring from guarding books. But before she can check out of Sunrise Elementary for good, disaster strikes. Someone has ordered all the books removed from the library and replaced with machines! It's enough to make Lotty feel a little...dragon-like. When she bursts into a fiery rage, only one thing can make her shed her scales: assurance that someone will fight to keep her precious books in the hands of Sunrise's children. Lotty is sure she'll have to stay on and do the job herself, until a surprise appearance from Lotty's old friend Molly Brickmeyer changes things for the better. Carmen Agra Deedy's timely and humorous tale is paired with Michael White's lively illustrations to create an unforgettable sequel with an important message for librarians and students alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This pun-soaked, technology-themed sequel to The Library Dragon lands nearly 20 years after the first book. Miss Lotty is about to retire from her post as school librarian when a man named Mike Krochip replaces all the books in the library with computers, announcing that the space is now a “cybrary.” Distraught students spring to the defense of print books (“And books smell! My favorite book smells like spaghetti,” says one boy). Outraged, Miss Lotty morphs back into her dragon persona, Miss Lotta Scales, roaring, “You bring back every last library book or I’ll melt your motherboard!” The arrival of the sweet-tempered new librarian—the very girl, now grown, who helped diffuse the dragon in the earlier story—placates Miss Lotty in this installment, too. Rendered in airbrush and featuring electric colors, White’s stylized caricatures border on garish, and the book-themed puns tucked into the illustrations (The Rat in the Hat, The Molar Express) are weak. Despite some concessions to the value of technology in the final pages, this story arrives feeling like a relic. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Miss Lotty, the librarian, is retiring. The children love her and are unsure about her replacement. But on her last day of work she walks into the library and realizes that all of the books have been kidnapped and replaced with computers. She gets so angry that she turns into a dragon—the library dragon. A lady named Molly walks in and helps Miss Lotty return back into a human. She is the new librarian and promises to bring back the books. The illustrations are amusing and colorful. The story is about the significance of books. While the story is entertaining, it also brings home the importance of reading to children. Books are clearly important and what better way to showcase this point than with a book that is light hearted, whimsical, and educational. The inside covers are filled with quotes about books and the importance of reading. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Miss Lotty, beloved librarian of Sunrise Elementary School and heroine of The Library Dragon, is retiring. She tries to reassure the apprehensive students about the new librarian. But her opinion of a computer in the library is, "Over my dead dragon body!" On her last day, Miss Lotty arrives to find that Mike Krochip has removed all the books, replacing them with a Cybrary. The students complain, but Krochip is sure that they will learn to love a "MePod" instead. This causes the return of Lotta Scales, the original Library Dragon, demanding the books back. The fight is awesome. Only the arrival of Molly Brickmeyer, the girl who originally caused Lotta to shed her scales, brings Miss Lotty back. Fortunately for all, Molly is the new librarian. She loves technology too, but knows that kids need to "UNPLUG" for the love of books as well. Miss Lotty can leave her library in good hands. Airbrush creates the cast of cartoon-y characters, including the steamy green dragon with long pointed fingernails. Extra fun is added visually with titles of books like "The Rat in the Hat" and "Goodnight Moo." End pages are totally covered with book testimonials of notable historical figures from Rameses and Cicero to Helen Keller, all set in different typefaces and colored inks. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–2—Retiring librarian Lotta Scales envisions the Sunrise Elementary Library of the future, and it is not the Sunrise Elementary Cybrary, a center for "MePods," printers, and 10,000 books on a screen. Mike Krochip, the IT guy, boldly employs the Book-Be-Gone 5000 to whisk away all books while the students gather together to explain why printed volumes hold a special place in their hearts. The idea that tablets are replacing books now sent to storage raises Miss Lotty's ire, and she reverts to her former fire-breathing (now laptop eating) alter ego, threatening to eat "every last byte" to protect the books. The Library Dragon may only be tamed by one who deeply loves learning. Enter Molly Brickmeyer, returned as the newly hired, "media-library-cyber-book specialist," to help students who also love technology "unplug, for the love of books." Eye-catching airbrush art in the style of the Library Dragon (Peachtree, 1994) allows readers to enjoy additional searches for humor in twisted book titles, spoofs on tech terminology, and plot or text similarities with the fiery original. Written with a love for the printed word that spreads to quotes on endpapers, this title will find a following with Miss Lotty's fans.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
What could cause the Library Dragon to return (The Library Dragon, 1994)? Miss Lotty, librarian at Sunrise Elementary School, was once a scaly, book-protecting, fire-breathing dragon, but years ago student Molly Brickmeyer helped melt the scales away by proving children can be trusted with books. Now, Miss Lotty is ready to retire. Though the kids will miss her, she's sure her successor will carry on her library traditions. Unfortunately, when she arrives for her last day before retirement…Mr. Mike Krochip has replaced all her books with computers and e-readers. The kids profess their love of traditional books until they see the bells and whistles on the e-readers, triggering the return of the Library Dragon, who chomps through every piece of technology she sees until a young redhead saves the day (and the library) again. Deedy and White re-team to bring the Library Dragon into the 21st century. As an entertaining read that broaches the subject of technology's place in the school media center, this deserves a place alongside its predecessor despite the fact that the resolution of the central conflict is about as realistic as a dragon in the library. White's brightly colored, squashed and squiggly full-bleed illustrations match the tale for good goofiness. Pro-book and -library quotes on the endpapers and multiple punny book titles in the illustrations add an extra touch of fun. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561456215
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 256,888
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

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    Ok so me & my daughter just checked this book out and it BLE

    Ok so me & my daughter just checked this book out and it BLEW me away. Loved it. The hot topic of e-books replacing real books is the main story here and the librarian not letting it happen because of love for actual books! Really loved it! Please take the time to check this out if your a real book lover. It is a children's book but it can reach everyone in this day and age. Also what I love about it is the the hardback inside covers front and back are covered in quotes about books & reading! Just a great book for anyone who loves books! Going to be buying this one for sure!


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