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Library Lion

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  5,499 ratings  ·  484 reviews
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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Nov 29, 2008 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Absolutely wonderful!!! I loved it!!! Great for cat-lovers and library-lovers. Please, Library Lion, come to the El Dorado Hills library! ;->
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
Lisa Vegan
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.
If I cry for a book it gets five stars.
Aug 25, 2014 Catherine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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)!
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.
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
Naila Moon
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,
Natalee Huguez
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
Kendall Bayer

The Lion in the Libraryis a story about a library that is one day paid a visit by a very curious lion. The lion stays at the library for the whole day and no one can figure out why he is there until he wanders over to story time and begins to listen. The lion enjoys himself at story time so much, that when it is over he lets out a loud roar in anger. The librarian, who is very strict about following the rules, tells him that he can only come back if he agrees to be quiet. The lion agrees and sho
Vera Godley

ISBN-13: 9780763637842
Candlewick Press
Recently my granddaughters visited, and when they saw that I had a copy of Library Lion, they were positively ecstatic. They were quite familiar with the book since it is one they have checked out repeatedly from their local library in Virginia. Needless-to-say, it was read several times during their visit with Grandmama.

What is the draw of this book? What is its charm? Why is it a winner of a plethora of awards?

The library is a very special place and has ru
Grant Cooper
The library lion promotes important life lessons, along with entertainment. In this picture book, a lion walks into a library one day. Initially, the library staff and visitors are worried about him behind the stacks of books, but Ms. Maryweather, the librarian, ensures the staff that the lion is allowed entrance so as long as he doesn't break any rules. The lion joins the children for story hour, but soon interrupts silence as he realizes he has lost track of time. The lion is given another cha ...more
Grant Cooper
The library lion promotes important life lessons, along with entertainment. In this picture book, a lion walks into a library one day. Initially, the library staff and visitors are worried about him behind the stacks of books, but Ms. Maryweather, the librarian, ensures the staff that the lion is allowed entrance so as long as he doesn't break any rules. The lion joins the children for story hour, but soon interrupts silence as he realizes he has lost track of time. The lion is given another cha ...more
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The library lion is a great example of a book that not only aims to entertain children through magic and whimsy but also to educate them on important life lessons. In this picture book by Michelle Knudsen, a lion walks into a library one day, not exactly a common occurrence at one’s local library. At first the library staff and visitors are worried about the ferocious king of the jungle leering behind the stacks of books, but once the head librarian Ms.Maryweather ensures the staff that the lion ...more
Margaret Welwood
Library rules are meant to be followed, whether by human patrons or the King of Beasts himself. So when the story-loving, encyclopedia-dusting feline puts his huge paws on Mr. McBee’s desk and ROARS, he knows it’s game over.

Forlorn and bedraggled, rainwater pelting his great mane, Leo stands outside the glass library doors and gazes in. Barred from his beloved storytime, no longer able to provide a comfy backrest for young readers or a step stool to those needing a book on the top shelf, the hu
Nani Yanagi
This book is about a lion that randomly walked into the library one day. Mr. McBee (a worker) called out to Miss Merriweather (the librarian) to say that there was a lion in the library. Miss Merriweather said that as long as he is not breaking any rules, he is allowed to stay. That day the lion walked around the library sniffing at books and walking down the isles. He stayed for the three oclock reading time in the children's section. At first everyone was scared but they ended up enjoying his ...more
Characters: a lion, Mr. McBee, Miss Merriweather, children
Setting: a library
Intended audience: children in primary grade levels 1-3

Ideally, all readers of Library Lion are regularly visiting a library with their class at school, and have also visited at least one public library. As such, these children will be privvy to the standard library rules: No Running. No Yelling. Most likely, these children have learned those rules because they have broken them. Author Michelle Knudsen drew on young chil
Synopsis: "An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the chil
Megan Laird
This beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated story is on the top of my all-time favorite's lists. An excellent read for second grade and below, the story of how the lion became the library friend and what it means to be a true friend comes alive. Knudsen does an excellent job at depicting the morals and values behind a good friendship, but does so humorously (when the lion licks envelopes, roars at the teacher when story time is over, etc.). The illustrator, Kevin Hawkes, does an even bet ...more
Hugh Stuart
This story explores the terrifying prospect of a fully grown male lion gaining entry to a public library. However, this lion doesn't eat anyone or cause a major disturbance. Instead, he becomes popular with the small children and librarian and does his best to follow the library's many rules. The tale allows us to unpick the idea of rules and when and how they should (and must!) be broken. A really lovely story for KS1 and early KS2. I read it to my Maths set during storytime and they were rapt.
Apr 06, 2011 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Age 4-7 Appropriate
Library Lion is a beautifully illustrated children's book with a nice message about following the rules. I saw online that it is appropriate for ages 4-7, but I think younger kids would appreciate the story and the bright, almost watercolor-like illustrations, if the story was read to them. I liked how the lion in the story is given human traits (dusting books, licking envelopes, etc.), so there is a comical side to the story as well. I will certainly be giving copies of this book as gifts! :)
Clara Hamilton
This book is about a lion who comes to the library. Everyone is afraid of the Lion, but the librarian only asks if he is breaking any rules. Then, during Story hour, the lion wanted to listen, and stayed for all of the stories, and got angry when it was over, roaring. A little girl asked if he could come back the next day if he stopped roaring. When the librarian agreed, he came back the next day and the next early. Since he was early, the librarian puts him to work, dusting shelves, licking env ...more
Haley Dowty
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen is a wonderful story about a lion that helps out at a library. I love this book. It is at the top of my list for my favorite picture books. I think that this is a wonderful book to read aloud to a class. I would recommend it as a read aloud for the younger elementary grades but as a single read by a child maybe a little older because of the amount of words in the book. The words and pictures in this book play an equal role in telling the story. The illustrations ...more
Julia Brumfield
Beautiful book and with very lightly colored pictures that give a nice gentle touch to the story without taking away from the actual story itself. And with the illustrations that are found within this book it also shows its age since there are no more such things as mailing out overdue notices or physical card catalogs.

Anyway the story is cute for it follows a lion who just decides to come into the library one afternoon and he stayed all day. Since there were no rules the under librarian could
Whole And
A heart warming story about a lion becoming a regular at the library although not surprisingly, many were skeptical. The lion follows all the rules and even helps out by dusting and such. The children and librarian all come to love the love the lion.

Except one day lion breaks the rules, he roars and runs, all for good reason. However, the rules being the rules, he must leave the library.

This rule breaking on behalf of a very good reason, has the library rethink their rules and the lion who was r
I read this book with my 1st graders and did a wonderful plot, setting and character activity. They loved it! The book was very warm and the character of the lion helped the children to realize how important it is to be nice and help others.
Clean prose and adorable, interesting illustrations. The ending is a bit neat but very sweet. The style made the book seem older than it is but that isn't a bad thing. I will make sure my nieces and nephew read this one.
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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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