Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Whether it's his adult mysteries or his adventures for kids, Chris Grabenstein's books are always entertaining. In his latest standalone, The Island of Dr. Libris, Grabenstein takes us into the world of imagination, showing that books have the power to come to life.

Billy Gillfoyle is spending the summer at the lake with his mother, although she's working on her dissertation. And, his father is staying elsewhere, leaving Billy a little uneasy. The twelve-year-old knows his parents' marriage is a little shaky. And, here he is, on his own in Dr. Libris' strange cabin filled with security cameras. There is a bookcase, though. Once Billy finds the key, he opens magical worlds. Or, at least a magical island. Dr. Libris' private island is a place where characters come to life. Once Billy reads about Hercules, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, he hears them on the island. When he takes a rickety boat over there, he finds his book characters have come to life. Of course, so have their enemies.

Billy finds a new friend, Walter, who shares his exploits on Dr. Libris' island. At the same time, he encounters Nick Farkas, the neighborhood bully. But, Billy discovers that his island encounters with his book heroes and their enemies will also prepare him for facing his own enemy, and his worst fear; his parents may separate. And, the entire time he deals with troubles on and off the island, the mysterious Dr. Libris is watching.

Chris Grabenstein has a marvelous talent for capturing the adventuresome spirit of twelve-year-olds. The Island of Dr. Libris is a charming tale that mixes books with reality. It's filled with heroes of childhood, fighting their way to success. And, Grabenstein adds a few comic book characters for the joy of it. Read the book aloud to your favorite youngster. Kids of nine to twelve will enjoy reading it, but it would be so much fun to share this book. The Island of Dr. Libris is adventure waiting to happen.

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein. Random House. 2015. ISBN 9780385388443 (hardcover), 242p.

*****
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9 comments:

Author Chris said...

I am so glad you enjoyed the book, Lesa. Billy is learning to be a writer...something this other 12 year old I know did once! : )

Lesa said...

Loved it, Chris. Haven't had a chance to Tweet it yet, but I will. Of course, a librarian loved a story about books and imagination.

Beth Hoffman said...

This book sounds charming, and I love the cover, too!

Lesa said...

Chris' books are kid-tested and approved, Beth.

Lesa said...

Chris' books are kid-tested and approved, Beth.

Margie Bunting said...

I looked at the library catalog every day so I could have the first hold on this book, and I picked it up yesterday! As soon as I finish As You Wish, I'll be starting this one. Can't wait because I loved Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, in addition to all of Chris's adult mysteries.

Lesa said...

I love all of Chris' juv mysteries, Margie, but one of my sisters said they were too scary for her.

Bev said...

I just finished reading Escape from Mr.Lemoncello's Library and absolutely loved it. I was telling my 10 year old nephew about it and he said that they were reading in class right now. My 13 year old niece has a autographed copy that she treasures. In fact, she told me I couldn't borrow it, I had to go buy my own. If she's lucky I might loan her this one.

Lesa said...

Funny, Bev. Really funny because just last week I told my sister I wouldn't lend her my copy of my favorite book. I hope you enjoy this one, too.