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The Polar Express meets The Night at the Museum in this fantastical picture-book adventure about the magic of books and libraries, perfect for book lovers of all ages!

After a young boy goes to sleep upset that he's getting a book for his birthday, he's visited in the night by Patience and Fortitude, the two stone lions who guard the New York Public Library. Soon, he's magi
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Abigail
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Books, Reading, Libraries and/or the Grieving Process
On the night before his eighth birthday, a young boy is surprised to be given a book by his parents. Surely they must realize that he prefers toys and games, he thinks. But then, as he is struggling to fall asleep, a sound brings him to the window and he is even more surprised to see a massive lion outside his house. The lion, whose name is Fortitude, takes him on a magical nighttime journey to the New York Public Library, where the enchanted books reenact scenes from the boy's favorite stories, ...more
Lana Gionfriddo
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a librarian so I may be a little bias, but this book was touching and wonderful and imaginative and tender. A young boy receives the gift of a book for his birthday from his parents and he responds less than enthused. That night a lion take him away on an adventure to the New York Public Library and we discover how the boy's love of reading fell away, however by the end of the evening it's renewed once more. Pleasant echoes of The Polar Express...
My favorite line is when the adult books are
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Brenda
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So great and magical! The illustrations are gorgeous and quietly grand, full of warmth and wonder. The words are graceful and satisfying. The story is well-paced and delightful. I will happily read this again and again!
Shay Vande
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The art in this was gorgeous, and there was a very touching message about nostalgia and learning to love the painful memories related to loss once more.
Kimberly Wright Oelkers
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I love picture books about the lions guarding the New York Public Library. This is my new favorite. The Author's Note made me cry.
L.M. Ransom
I love this book! So glad I wrote it up for our library.
Dylan Teut
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lot of books coming out about the NYPL, but this is by far the most stunning- visually, and such a strong story to support it. Loved it.
Aliza Werner
Beautiful dreamy illustrations, but clunky story and text.
Ana Gutierrez
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely and touching story with wonderful illustrations.
Earl
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A tender story about a boy who stopped loving to read when he lost his grandfather and how a pair of literary lions helps him rediscover the magic of books. Gorgeous illustrations.
Kim Childress
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of All Things Library, this book serves as an excellent reminder of the magic of books, how books can transcend the life of a child, and how important it is to instill a love of reading from a young age. A boy is disappointed when he receives a book for his birthday present, but remembers his love of reading after a visit from Patience and Fortitude, the two lions who stand guard outside the New York Public Library.
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David Zeltser is the author of Lug: Dawn of the Ice Age and its sequel, Lug: Blast from the North. The novels satirize mankind’s response to climate change and have been praised by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal and Al Gore, who called the first book “a great combination of humor and powerful insight.” David’s first picture book, Ninja Baby, was the Magnolia State Book Award runner-up, fea ...more