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Delilah D. at the Library

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A determined (not to say willful) child, Delilah tells everyone she’s the queen of a faraway land where she makes all the rules. When she goes to the library, however, Library Anne is there with her own rules: no climbing, no running, no singing, and above all, no cupcakes. But in the libraries in her land, Delilah says, running and climbing are allowed, and cupcakes and ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 21st 2007 by Clarion Books (first published October 5th 2006)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book seemed to give off mixed messges to me. Delilah is portrayed as a child with a vivid imagination--she thinks she is really from a far away land. Ok, this makes her an individual. Then her babysitter takes her to the library. I guess the author is trying to portray Delilah as being an imaginative individual at the library, but I also see a kid who doesn't know how to behave in the library. Perhaps it's her first time there. Maybe she doesn't know how to read, because she seems to see ...more
Feb 28, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Delilah D is convinced she is from a faraway land...she simply cannot have been born right here. Right here is boring and plain and common, where Delilah is from (somewhere between Jafrica and Smindia) Delilah is Queen and her life is all together more regal. Take, for instance, the rules of her home library: cupcakes and doughnuts for everyone, books on the 'too high' shelf are retrieved by trapeze, and princesses read stories until everyone falls asleep. Sounds great to me! This is the perfect ...more
Gitty Mandel
Apr 26, 2014 Gitty Mandel rated it really liked it
This is a song that Delilah sings:

"Hoorray for Queen Delilah,
so beautiful so brave,
Hurrah for Queen Delilah,
the kingdom she will save,
oh shout hoorah! oh shout hooray!
shout out loud and strong
hooray for Queen Delilah D.
who wrote this lovely song!

Library Anne says "I wish I lived far, far away, Please stop singing!"

I thought this was funny.
Aug 27, 2016 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Imaginative yet annoying girl. I wouldn't want to be in the library at the same time as her.
May 28, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok
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Mar 14, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story about a little girl with a big imagination who is unafraid to express her opinions. While her behavior in the library was less than stellar, it isn't all that uncommon for a young child to want to climb or sing or eat, etc. and this is a good way to help demonstrate proper and improper behavior. It would be a great story to read aloud to a young crowd at a library storytime and we also enjoyed reading it together.
Ashley Saunders
Willis, J. (2006). Delilah. d at the library. New York, NY: Clarion Books.

Picture Book Soak

This book follows Delilah who is a self proclaimed queen as she goes to the library with her babysitter. She learns that you cannot eat, shout, or run in the library. I think this book has wonderful illustrations that show the different rules of the library (being broken). I would use this book this book at the beginning of the year to set library expectations with my students.
A picture book with jokes for the adults, hooray! Loved how au pair became 'Old Pear' and librarian became 'Library Anne'. The heroine has spunk and the illustrations of her reminded me of Tony Ross's similarly feisty princess in I Want My Potty!. Puts the magic back in libraries.
Melissa Valdez
Jan 19, 2012 Melissa Valdez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book includes wonderful pictures that grabs any readers attention. The story line also is very intriguing discovering where exactly Delilah believes she comes from all while learning different ways in which we should behave when we visit places that are not our homes.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
Delilah likes to pretend that she is the queen from far, far away and her sister takes her to the library. A.R.
Aug 20, 2011 Megengelter rated it liked it
info lit class

kind of - bizarrely, dreamy "how to act" at the library

fun colors, variety of text
Sep 27, 2008 Dawn rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I don't like the way that librarians and libraries are portrayed in this book. Delilah D. is a spunky, spoiled child with a wild imagination.
Mar 02, 2010 Kim rated it liked it
Deliah D is convinced that she is from somewhere "far far away" although all of the adults around her try to tell her otherwise. (silly adults)
Apr 07, 2008 Boni rated it really liked it
Jeanne Willis had me at Tadpole's Promise. Seriously. But Delilah D. is a lovely little story that is really fun to read!
Carrie Gelson
Jul 06, 2013 Carrie Gelson rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A little strange but love how much Delilah celebrates the idea of the library as a place for whimsy and play and magical moments.
Oct 09, 2010 Bianca rated it it was amazing
I work at a pre-school and I have no idea how many times I have been asked to read this. The kids love it!
Oct 22, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lisa
This is a humorous book that kids as well as adults will enjoy. "Cupcakes! Blankets! Toys! That's how to run a library." Who doesn't agree with that?
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Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, ...more
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