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

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,427 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Large paperback.PINK
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Scholastic
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Skylar Burris
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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
Hoda Marmar
Fun story about the spooky rumors about the school's library.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book is about a kid in elementary that heard a bunch of bad rumors about his librani teacher but then at the end of the book it turns out she wasnt like that
nine toe joe
if was a mistery because he didn't know the the librarian really looked like and his friend was giving bad information about her then he final met her and figer out she was a nice and caring person. i would wont elementery students to read this book because it is easy and not at the reading level for middle school's
and high school's
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
Jammie Mays
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Megan Franks
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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) by Mike Thaler
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon

And find out!
(unless the library monsters get you first!)
Becky B
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Shelby Hayes
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary: This book provides sumptuous detail of what the students think going to the library will be like based on stories they have heard. All of the stories are terrifying, but the students learn that the librarian is actually a nice lady and the library isn't as scary as it seemed.

Evaluation: This book allows students to use their creativity when reading along due to the stories given by the students. This book is also a good length for a quick read aloud.

Teaching Point: This book can be use
LeeAnn Owens
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-log-1-10
Summary: This book tells the ultimate horror story of going to the library. It paints the library and the librarian as the scariest, most unwelcoming place to be. The students' minds change, however, upon arriving to the school library and they find out that its not so bad after all.

Evaluation: I thought this book was very imaginative and would encourage students to think outside the box when they tell their own stories.

Teaching Point: I could have students make text-to-self connections betwee
Josh Bader
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These series were one of my childhood classics. I liked all of them. The best part is the graphics and pictures of all them. They give you the scared side of an elementary school student and then show the real thing at the end. These books always leave you feeling warm inside.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
A little boy imagines the library as a terrible dungeon and the librarian as a scary ogre. Everything turns out the opposite, of course, with the boy liking the library in the end. Not a huge fan of the illustrations. The premise is gimmicky.
Patricia watson
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ar-books
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Briaughna Ashley
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be highly entertaining, and I think that it would make a great read-aloud or trade book. This book would work well for encouraging student sot be more interested in reading, and I would most likely start using this book in a second grade classroom.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: elementary school students and school librarians
The class is going to the library, and it's the first time ever for many students. The students have apprehension and anxiety about the library because they've heard all kinds of crazy stories about the library and the librarian Mrs. Beamster. They say not only are you not allowed to talk, but you aren't even allowed to breathe. The librarian doesn't actually want anyone checking out the books, and instead she tortures students by reading them the card catalogue and talking about the Dewe
Rebecca Sherod
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Taylor De La Fe
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Beatriz Gonzalez
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Marc Ford
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: assignment
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
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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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