Reviews for The island of Dr. Libris

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Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library) delivers a science-based variation on the theme of fictional characters being brought to life. When Billy's mathematician mother, who has been studying the concept of parallel universes, explains to him that "Some people refuse to accept the limits given to them by others," the 12-year-old doesn't give the statement another thought-until he discovers he can make impossible things happen through the power of his imagination, combined with reading. With his parents headed toward a likely divorce, Billy is spending a "boring" summer with his mother in a rental cottage, but a foray into the library of the absent owner, Dr. Libris, leads Billy to an island where fictional characters appear. Grabenstein mixes up a melange of characters from the books Billy (and eventually two neighbor children) reads, with Hercules, Robin Hood, the Three Musketeers, Tom Sawyer, and even Pollyanna coming together in dangerous escapades. While the adventures are not especially suspenseful, the story moves at a quick pace and has a good-natured tone that makes for a light but satisfying read. Ages 8-12. Agent: Eric Myers, Spieler Agency. (Mar.) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Grabenstein follows up his best-selling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (2013) with another playful title paying homage to classic works of literature. Billy Gillfoyle is not thrilled at the prospect of spending his summer stuck at Dr. Libris' weird lake cabin with his mom, who's too busy finishing her dissertation to entertain him. Throw in a neighborhood bully and the potential of his parents splitting up, and Billy's summer is off to an awful start. But when the characters in the books he reads start coming to life from Hercules to Robin Hood to Pollyanna Billy's summer quickly goes from dull to adventurous, even dangerous. Grabenstein's economical prose is perfectly suited for this novel, which teems with appeal for a variety of readers, from those who will catch all the literary references to those who enjoy a good fight scene. Readers will appreciate Billy's cleverness in solving his ever-growing problems, as these literary characters make plenty of trouble outside the confines of their intended stories. Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The publisher is banking on the popularity of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library there's a national tour and major media exposure in the works for Grabenstein's latest.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2010 Booklist