The Librarian from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon, #5)
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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
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
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?!

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

And find out!
(unless the library monsters get you first!)
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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
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
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.
More of a review to come later.
Melissa Long
This book is a magnificent portrayal of how anticipation of a new experience, paired with a limited understanding, leads to the imaginations of children running wild. In an effort to understand situations they have not experienced yet, children will "fill in the gaps" with their own imagination and "rumors" they hear from others in an attempt to reduce anticipation. This books puts a wonderful comic twist on this common childhood experience. Most readers of this book can relate to a similar situ...more
Nancy Mosqueda
This interesting story, teaches children that it is not alway wise to believe what others say. Thaler does a very good job of depicting the image children sometimes have of adults. Going in to the library for a simple trip, suddenly becomes a grave adn dangerous adventure with many horrors and challenges along the way for these characters. By the end of the story however, they find that the truth is opposite of what they initially believed and they dscover th fun of reading with the classic knoc...more
Emily Birecki
I think as a kid everyone has there "libraries" that they have to face. Rumors of scary places can be distressful. I think that this is definitely a book kids can relate to. Overall however, I thought it was not a very uplifting book. The book focuses way to much on how scary the library is and then dispels the rumors very quickly and just kind of ends. I did not feel completely satisfied by the book. It was funny and a cute concept, just not something that I would pick out to read to my student...more
Shonna Froebel
This Scholastic title is another classic. A child's class is going to the library and he says that they've been told lots of scary stories about the library, the librarian and her authoritarian rules. The pictures of these are very amusing. When they actually go to the library they find they are welcomed, they can touch the books to their heart's content, and the librarian is friendly and helpful. It even ends with a knock-knock joke, which should appeal to most kids.
April Castle
This book could be to introduce about new places you have never been. How scary it can be to go to new places, such as, places in school, dentist, doctors office, etc. This could start a writing project to talk about a place you want to go and the only details you have heard about this place scary or not scary. Or this could start a conversation about being scared and things that scare us, and what being sacred feels like and is.
Colton Paul
While reading "The Librarian from the Black Lagoon" I found it interesting. I have found that all of the books in the "Black Lagoon" series have entertainment value for all ages. I think it accurately portrays what some children imagine when they first go to the library, and their reactions after they arrive. While conveying how great a library and the books it holds can be it does it in a way that is fun for the whole family.
Kathryn Hogan
Very cute book. This would be great to read before a group of students goes to the library for the first time. It would be great to read on the first day of school as well if you are going that day or week. I think this book was great because many students may fear the library or god forbid not like reading and this book gives them a positive outlook on it. A positive outlook is great one to have!
Alli Kaye
I thought that it was a funny book and it kept my attention. I think that it did a good job of showing kids that sometimes their imaginations get the best of them. I do think that it spent a little too long building up how scary the library was and not enough time banishing the rumors. I felt like the author should have spent more than 3 pages on how good the library was.
I love the Black Lagoon books and this book was no different. I love how the book began with a mystery of what the library really was. The story makes the library out to be a great place after hearing all the crazy ideas of what the children have heard about the library. This book would be a good read for a class before their first trip to the library.
Emily Blahak
Very cute book! All f the Black Lagoon books are fun and I like this one because of all of the unbelievable stories that the children came up with about the librarian, my favorite would have to be that there are signs leading up to the library that say "no talking beyond this point.." "no wispering beyond this point.." and "no breathing beyond this point.."
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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...more
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