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When a lion visits the library, no one knows what to do, there are no rules about lions in the library. Soon he is indispensable. One day the librarian falls and the only way the lion can get help is to roar, and that is breaking the rules. The next day the lion doesn't come to the library, nor the next day, nor the next day.
Unknown Binding, 41 pages
Published January 7th 2008 by Not Avail (first published July 25th 2006)
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Ann
Nov 29, 2008 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of cats, libraries, or if you want a broader understanding of rules
Recommended to Ann by: Katie!
What a sweet and touching story! The book is about a lion who decides to visit the library and stays. He helps out amongst the library staff and the children love him! And when someone falls and gets hurt, the lion must decide how to save them - even if it means breaking the rules.
The book is filled with beautiful pictures and a heartfelt writing style. The main characters are each unique and distinct. And there is a great message about rules being rules, but that even rules can be broken if the
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Robert
Oct 02, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, 2010, 2011, favorites
Should a children’s book aim to teach important lessons to kids or just exist to entertain? This is a false choice and Library Lion shows just how possible it is to do both. I loved this book about a lion who falls in love with story time at the library, breaks the rules – by roaring in protest when story time is over – and is allowed to stay only on the condition that he obeys all of the rules from then on. Eventually there is a choice to be made between following the rules and roaring to fetch ...more
babyhippoface
May 26, 2015 babyhippoface rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lion in the library? Well...give him a chance. As long as he's not breaking any rules (like roaring in the library), he can stay. But what happens when there's a problem, and a friend needs help? Is it okay to roar then?

Hawkes' illustrations have an old-fashioned, soft, kind of washed-out look to them, echoing the idea that the library is a place for muted voices (again--no roaring). Even very young children can read the lion's expressive face and understand how it's feeling at various points
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Nadine Jones
Mar 01, 2016 Nadine Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
There aren't enough wonderful adjectives in my vocabulary for me to be able to adequately express just how very wonderful the lion is. This story has it all: excitement, satisfaction, comedy, drama, melodrama, jealousy, suspicion, angst, sorrow, and joy. There's a lion ... In the library!
Kathryn
Absolutely wonderful!!! I loved it!!! Great for cat-lovers and library-lovers. Please, Library Lion, come to the El Dorado Hills library! ;->
Margaux
Mar 30, 2015 Margaux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I cry for a book it gets five stars.
Lisa Vegan
Nov 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young children
I enjoyed the terrific illustrations by Kevin Hawkes; they really make the book special. I love libraries, lions, and encouraging kids to think for themselves, in addition to learning to follow the rules. This book has all that.
Tina
Aug 27, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
love this story about a lion that wanders into a library and listens to story time. When story time is over he roars in protest. Roaring is not allowed. He is only allowed to come back when he promises to come back. He becomes an indispensable part of the library. One day he breaks the rules. He has good reason but.... Perfect story for teaching about rules and sometimes you may have to break a rule.
Brina
Mar 01, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This is one of our top five kids books ever. My kids are for the most part past the read to me stage but we love this book about a lion in the library so much that it ends up in our house every two to three months or so.
Carson Armentrout
Nov 20, 2015 Carson Armentrout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
This is a remarkably heartfelt story about a lion coming to a library. When the lion first shows up to the library Mr. McBee, who runs the circulation desk, is alarmed and tells Miss Merriweather, the librarian, that there is a lion in the library. She tells him that this is not against the rules and to leave the lion be. Mr. McBee is not very happy about this. At first the library patrons are very nervous about lion being there, but he follows the rules and is very well behaved. The children in ...more
midnightfaerie
Jan 08, 2014 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 2 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. The illustrations made the lion very lovable, so much so that you just wanted to hug him. A great addition to any children's library.
Gabby Mondelli
Nov 24, 2015 Gabby Mondelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
I stumbled upon this book after listening to a group of second graders whispering in the halls about how much they’d like to have their very own library lion. Having never heard of the book, I stopped the students, not to tell them off for talking in the hallway as any trained teacher is supposed to do, but to get a book recommendation. I was not disappointed.

“The Library Lion” takes place in Miss Merriweather’s library. She is an extraordinarily strict librarian who prides herself on maintaini
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Emily
Aug 25, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it. The kids love it. We're all happy. Heck, I don't know what I love most about this story?! All the library adoration? The lion? How much the kids adore RAHR-ing? Or is it the illustrations? Seriously if I didn't like reading the Library Lion so much I'd just put the darling illustrations of the lion and Miss Merriweather all over my walls.
Sara
Mar 04, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the sweetest books we have read in a long time. There is something so perfectly lovely about it. The illustration is gentle and child loving. The idea is fun. The writing is friendly and engaging. The moral is tender. This is an absolute gem!
Cynthia Egbert
Aug 05, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
A warm and fuzzy book is always appreciated after a tough day and this one is one of the warmest and fuzziest. With the opportunity provided to ROAR, this one will make a great read aloud to kids or grandkids.
Catherine
Aug 25, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of elementary-aged kids, librarians, library lovers of all ages
This is an awesome book! It's not just for librarians or library lovers. I've witnessed countless kids enjoy this book. It's cute and cuddly (just like a library lion)!
Allison
Feb 16, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book was so sweet! The illustrations by Kevin Hawkes were light and dreamy. This was a story I could get lost in. I love how the lion loves to hear the read alouds at the library and ends up helping a friend in need.
Maggie Sideris
Awards: New York Times Bestseller
Title: Library Lion
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Summary: This book is about a lion that comes to the library for story time. When the story is over the lion starts to roar, because he wants to hear more, so the librarian comes out ad says that there is no roaring in the library. The librarian allows the lion to come everyday to story time as long as he does not roar, but one day the librarian gets hurt and the lion has to go tell Mr. McBee that she is hurt, and t
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Linda
Apr 22, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A deluxe edition celebrating ten years of a beloved classic: the New York Times best-selling ode to that wonderful place, the library."

When I was a child, the public library had rules, and they were followed, no matter what! The librarian was always circulating herself to make sure that we obeyed the rules and helped us find books to read.

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, runs her library as she wants...with rules that are to obey. One day, a lion wanders in. When Mr. McBee sees the lion w
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Susan Rowe
Virginia Readers’ Choice Award

Knudsen, Michelle. Library Lion. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2006. Print.

The library patrons are shocked to find a lion walking in the front door. Miss Merriweather, the head librarian is a stickler for rules to follow in the library but there is no rule about lions allowed to enter. The lion makes friends quickly and is helpful to the children and the staff. Everyone loves the lion except for Mr. McBee who becomes jealous of his fan club that is the
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Hailey
Mar 17, 2016 Hailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Library Lion" is a picture book about a lion who is in the library. No one knows what to do because it was so unreal. No one has ever experienced a lion in a library. The lion enjoyed listening to all the stories and made friends with the children at the library and began to help in the library. Everyone loved him.

I thought this book had a very cute story. I think there are multiple meanings behind the text that the author wanted to demonstrate. This was an e-book that I listened to and watche
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Mckenzie Telford
I found this book as an E-book on Storyline Online. I believe this book was a quality E-book because teachers can use this E-book as an effective integration of technology because it is a quality book that will help children learn a valuable lesson. This book will draw in students attention because the illustrations in the story actually move, and the people and the lion look like they are walking. There is music playing in the background that adds a special effect that will really draw children ...more
Safina
Jan 28, 2016 Safina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Awards; New York Bestseller
Appropriate for class K- grade 3

Summary: The library has very strict rules and everybody, absolutely everybody has to obey them, no exceptions. So one day, when a lion enters the Library, the question is, can he obey the rules? The Lion works hard and becomes a regular visitor and great helper; soon it is hard to imagine the library without him. But then there is an emergency and the Lion breaks the rule in order to help Miss Merriweather, the librarian who has broken
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Phyleesha Daigle
I found this book online through Storyline Online as a video, read by Mindy Sterling. She did an amazing job and her different voices and inflection as she told the story making it easier to recognize the dialogue and which character was speaking. The online version had the illustrations move a little as the story was being told, almost like a narrated movie of the book. It was neat to see the illustrations taking place as the story was told, but there was no words for the children to read thems ...more
Cheyenne Clutter
This E-Book written by Michelle Knudsen and read by Mindy Sterling is a good children's book but, in my opinion E-books are not a good form of reading for children. On this sight is seems as if they are just reading the books and it is basically like the children are watching a movie. It is a good interactive form of reading and getting the child involved because there are sounds used throughout the book that could get the childs attention. But I think overall it could be a bigger distraction th ...more
Gabrielle King
Oct 15, 2015 Gabrielle King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Library Lion has an unconventional but very sweet plot. A lion makes a library his home, and, much to the dismay of one of the workers, becomes part of the family. The lion helps dust, carry children and help them reach high shelfs, and becomes an integral part of the library family. His instincts even save the day, even though roaring so loudly broke the library rules and he was kicked out. However, because he saved the head librarian's, Miss Mayweather, life, the lion is welcomed back with ...more
Alexa Rothman
Oct 15, 2015 Alexa Rothman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
http://www.storylineonline.net/librar...

This book was in the form of a video clip that was being read aloud by a lady. The clip would show her reading the story sometimes and then it would flash to the illustrations in the book when she was reading in the background. The pictures were moving and had sound too. I think the lady who read it did a great job because she used different voices for the different characters and used her face to show the emotions that the characters were feeling too. Thi
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Elissa Still
Library Lion follows the story of a local library that is skeptical when a lion begins to make regular visitations during story time, until he becomes a regular fixture.

Comments/observations: This book was great because there was a great message of acceptance, and learning when to do the right thing. The book has wonderfully descriptive illustrations, and a great range of vocabulary that will keep younger readers on their toes. The characters within this book are all well developed as the lio
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M.M. Hudson
Apr 14, 2015 M.M. Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things to love about this book. First of all is the absurdity of a huge lion being in a library to begin with and then expected to not be loud. Children are sure to giggle at the site to seeing the lion.

Next is the whole idea how everyone is expected to behave and the rules of a library including the lion.While I was growing up, I knew the rules about being quiet but enjoying the story times and the books. Obviously, what is not to love about a book loving lion.

Finally though,
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Natalee Huguez
Mar 08, 2015 Natalee Huguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Library Lion is a story about a library where Miss Merriweather works. She is very strict about rule following and when a lion shows up, he quickly learns how to follow them. The lion eventually becomes a regular at the library and helps everyone out. One day, Miss Merriweather finds herself in a situation where the only way for the lion to help is to break the rules..and after he does not return to the library. The ending to this story is very charming and everyone lives "happily ever after" in ...more
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I'm the author of 45 books for young readers for all ages. Titles include the New York Times best-selling picture book Library Lion (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), the middle-grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian, and the YA novel Evil Librarian, which won the 2015 Sid Fleischman Award for Humor(!).

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