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The Librarian from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon #5)

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Mrs. Beamster may be the school librarian, but the kids all know her as "The Laminator". If she catches you whispering, you're laminated!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1948)
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Skylar Burris
I think this series of books simultaneously satisfies my children’s varied desires for books that are a little bit scary, funny, related to their own lives, and happily resolved. It has all the components they enjoy individually rolled up into one. I find most children’s series of this kind become increasingly disappointing as you move on in the series; the first is always the best, but soon they become repetitive and somewhat dull rip-offs of each other. This is not the case for me with the Bla ...more
Jammie Mays
I absolutely loved this book, it made me think about my kindergarten classes first trip to the library. Was this what they were thinking before we arrived? Did I do a good job of preparing them for their first trip? The author did a great job of displaying the complicated mind of a child and their wild imagination of the unknown.
The illustrations brought me back to a time when I was young and my peers would share rumors about other teachers (music, p.e., etc.). We would spread the rumors throug
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Monster
Hubie’s class is getting ready to visit the school library for the first time, but rumor has it that the library is a scary place, and that the librarian, Mrs. Beamster is terrifying. Just to get inside, you have to be decontaminated! The books are bolted to the shelves, the kids are literally glued to their chairs, and the computer uses a real mouse! In appearance, the scary Mrs. Beamster has a lot in common with Viola Swamp (from Miss Nelson is Missing) and she revels in making library time m ...more
Megan Franks
Rumor has it that the library is a scary place. It's located somewhere behind the broiler room ("The Media Center of the Earth") and the monsterous librarian rules with an iron fist. Word on the street says she won't even let you check out books; they are all bolted down! If she catches you talking, she will laminate you (that's why they call her "the Laminator")! She's so boring, she recites the Dewey decimal system by memory to her classes (and wears a picture of Mr. Dewey in a locket around h ...more
Natalie
Mar 12, 2011 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: librarians, k-12 media specialists, anyone who enjoys reading cartoon picture books aloud to kids
The L I B R A R Y . . . SCARY . . . SCARY . . . SCARY . . . indeed!

Anything could be in there!

Anything could get you!

You could read something scary, see something scary, meet someone scary.

Why would A N Y O N E go there?!

Read:
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon, #5) by Mike Thaler
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon

And find out!
(unless the library monsters get you first!)
Rebecca Sherod
The story begins as a narration from a young school child who is about to experience their first trip to the library and a description of the librarian. The student tells of how the librarian, Mrs. Beamster, is referred to as “The Laminator” because if you are caught talking in the library, she will laminate you. They say she does not allow students to check out books, they remain bolted to the shelf so they stay in order. The soles of her shoes have stamps saying “overdue” every time she steps, ...more
Syndi Flores
In the story, elementary school students are going to the library for the first time. Before they have meet the librarian, others have told them what the librarian is like. Most of the story explains what the students have heard. The things range from the librarian laminating students to glueing them down in their seats. There are more outrageous things that the librarian is said to be like. As a story progresses, you can see how much bigger the fear of what the librarian is like grows with each ...more
Laurie
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Becky B
Sep 18, 2012 Becky B rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Librarians, Anyone who uses a library, Those who like humor
One of my favorite picture books. I haven't met a teacher yet who hasn't liked at least one of the books in this series. (Oh, and kids think they're pretty funny too.) It helps that I'm a school media center specialist, and yes, there are times I've fantasized about bolting the books to the shelves and laminating certain students.
Taylor De La Fe
I remember reading the black lagoon series in elementary school, so I knew this was a book I had to reread! A class gets ready to go to the library. They are very nervous because the heard rumors about the librarian and the way she controls her library! A student describes to the reader all of the horrible and scary things that happen when you go to Mrs. Beamster's library. However, when they go to the library, they find that nothing that they had heard was true. Mrs. Beamster was very sweet and ...more
Margo Martin
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon is the perfect book to read to your class before taking a trip to the library. In this book, the main character explains how his class is taking a trip to the library, a scary library behind the boiler room. Apparently, the student explains, the librarian laminates the kids that come in if you talk in the library, and you have to hold your breath while visiting. The horror story about the library continues as he explains students have to go through the gum det ...more
Paula
This title of the “… from the Black Lagoon” series follows the tried and true format of a student fearing the library because of the scary rumors he’s heard about what goes on there: being glued to chairs, books bolted to the shelves, a computer with a real mouse and the dreaded and feared LAMINATION. Of course, all fears are allayed as the librarian and library turn out to be warm and welcoming, nothing like he had imagined. The cartoon drawings suit the text perfectly and offer additional humo ...more
Kortney Biggs
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler is a story about the librarian and her library. Throughout the story is describes the librarian to be a horrible, scary monster that laminates any child that she hears talking. It also describes many horrors that would be stereotypical of a school library. Readers soon find out how untrue that stereotype actually is.

I would love to use this book to demonstrate to my students that the library is in fact a fun place where there is a vast amount o
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May
I chuckled several times throughout this cute little story about a boy's first visit to his school library or media center as they are calling it these days. I will have to say that one great idea that the book presents is the "decontamination room". Frankly, I think most public libraries in urban centers need one for both patrons and for the materials!

That begin said, I do have one serious complaint. After the boy is told all of these scary stories about the "Laminator" (Mrs. Beamster, the lib
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Kelsey
I read the book, The Librarian from the Black Lagoon, and I enjoyed it. This book is part of a series of picture books featuring the school from the mysterious Black Lagoon. The story begins with an average looking class getting ready for library. However, the stories the children have heard about the librarian, Mrs. Beamster, aka "THE LAMINATOR," are out of this world.

This book captured my attention as a primary teacher. I think it would be a good introduction to a child's first library experi
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Beatriz Gonzalez
I chose this book because I really enjoyed it when I was in elementary school, but I had never analyzed it the way I did now. It was about a group of students who had never been to the library and they were so frightened to go. They had heard so many horror stories by the other students that the library was one of the worst places to go to and it resembled a dungeon! The librarian, who resembled a dragon, was the most unfriendliest person and she did not like kids. When the students finally walk ...more
Marc Ford
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon is book written by Mike Thaler and Pictures by Jared Lee. This is a story about a boy who has a terrible misconception on what an actual library is like. In the beginning it starts with our main character a young boy who is getting ready to take a class trip to the library. The boy is very concerned because of the weird and scary things that happens in the library and he's especially afraid of the the librarian Mrs. Beamster or better known as the "The Laminat ...more
Emily
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon is about a school library and librarian that has a bad reputation from the students attending the school. Students begin by viewing the library as a scary place where unpleasant things happen; from not being allowed to breath to not be able to choose a book to even being laminated! This simple text kept me entertained and even giggling from reading the "scary classic rules of a library." The viewpoints the students have are the turned around and the joy of re ...more
Lydia Shellenbarger
So though this book is very much like all the other books in the "Black Lagoon" series, it has always been a special favorite just because of "laminating". If you don't know, you'll have to read it to find out!

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Dolly
Oct 22, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We like the stories in the Black Lagoon series by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee. Many children tend to think of people of authority as scary or mean, but this is just another example of how our expectations do not always live up to reality. The illustrations really make the narrative come alive and we enjoyed listening to this book narrated aloud on CD while we followed along with the book. The narration was great and we loved the music and sound effects! We will certainly read more of the books in ...more
Laura Pharis
This is a fun creative book about what a little boy hears about the library. This could be a good book to talk with students about how stories can get exaggerated and sometimes what you are told is nothing like how something actually is. Students can be prompted to think about a time that their previous thoughts about how something was going to be turned out to be completely different then the real thing.
Audrey
Theme: Things are not always what they seem. Don't believe everything that you hear.

A little boy thinks that going to the library is going to be a miserable and scary event, but he ends up being pleasantly surprised.

This book is humorous, and has unique and exaggerated pictures. The book would be a good story to read for a humorous introduction to the school library. The librarian is portrayed at the end of the book to be caring, and even gives the little boy a joke book to read that she has sav
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Plainfield Public Library District
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Aprils
I thought this book was funny, especially the librarian's shoes that stamp "overdue." kids might miss some of the humor, though.
Anthony
I thought this book was just alright. I find that nowadays kids know about libraries a little more and wouldn't have such a pessimistic perception of it. However, I know that from my experience, there are some librarians who are extremely strict and tend to be almost as scary as the one described. There tends to always be THAT librarian who seems to just be giving everyone a hard time. Overall, it was not my type of book. I tend to avoid chalky/sketchy illustrated books unless they are really ph ...more
Stephanie Jobe
Okay so I decided to take a tiny break from that which is Tolkien and enjoy some Children’s books that I got for Christmas. It has been a long time since I read any of the Black Lagoon books and as I read I couldn’t help but giggle and think this is horrible as I thought of entire class periods spent on the image of librarians, but the great thing is that in the end, though she is wearing a bun, the librarian is actually a wonderfully nice and helpful person. Moral: Don’t believe everything you ...more
Shawn
This book is hilarious! I loved the ilustsrations. The story about how terrible the kids thought the librarian and the library was going to be was so cool. I couild relate to it because when I was a kid I always considered reading as homework. The colors and drawings were perfect. I was laughing as I read it. To find out how friendly the librarian and how easy the library was to follow for the kids was realistic. That is truly the way it is. These are real thoughts that kids talk about. This was ...more
Amy
They call her "The Laminator." Because she laminates you if you talk in the library. So, is that all I need to do to keep my students from talking? :) Mrs. Beamster is the librarian from the Black Lagoon, and she looks like it too. Oh Lord, help me on the days that I look like her, sound like her, and act like her. May my students never see traces of her in me. That being said, this book made me laugh out loud and brought tears to my eyes. It takes all the stereo types of an elementary librarian ...more
Mallory Dreiling
I remember reading this series (Black Lagoon) when I was a girl. They are funny and a little bit scary. This one is especially cute with a story about a boy's first trip to the library. What he learns at the end of the book is good for kids to learn as well.
Lisa
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Mike Thaler, born in Los Angeles, started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children's book editor saw one of his cartoon stories in a national magazine and encouraged Mike to try writing for children. His first attempt met with success, and "The Magic Boy" was published in 1961.

Mike has produced over 220 published books and is known as “America’s Riddle King.” He has also bee
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