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Monday 8 March 2021

Review: The Lost Library

Oliver finds a lost book with a message to the finder to return it to the Lost Library. But where can that be? Finding someone to tell him is difficult. But his friend Rosie knows. She has all the answers.

Together they go to the librarian. But as the book slot is right in front of Oliver, he drops the book in the slot.

Immediately, something magical happens!

The floor opens, the book slides down into an unknown place followed by Oliver and Rosie. Endless shelves of books surround them. Oliver is scared. Rosie is thrilled. A world full of books!

What more can they ask for? 

They have found the Lost Library.

Now we are the ones lost Oliver moans.

It seems their surroundings can convert to whatever is in the book they choose. Boats take them for a sail; one on Storms has them rowing for their lives. Another teaches them how to exit the storm and sail safely to shore.

Oliver and Rosie continue their journey into books that have all the knowledge and answers they want. But they need to find their way out.

This imaginative and thought-provoking book celebrates books and reading and the influence they can have on children.

Books are companions and distraction for the lonely and bored. They sweep them away to unknown places and worlds. They are friends, teachers, travelling companions, and partners on adventures. They take children to the Moon and show them the stars. Books reveal to children through their stories, that they can do and become anything they want if they try. They inspire creativity.

I loved The Lost Library with its  endless possibilities that can be found and lived through reading. Beautifully expressed through the illustrations and soft wondrous colours by the author, Jess McGeachin.

Title: The Lost Library
Author/Illustrator: Jess McGeachin
Publisher: Penguin, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760892715
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book