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The Library Dragon

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,908 ratings  ·  253 reviews
When Sunrise Elementary advertised for a thick-skinned librarian with a burning love of books, Miss Lotta Scales knew she was perfect for the job. Who could guard books better than a REAL dragon?

"She kept a fiery eye out to make sure no one removed any books from the shelves...
The very thought of sticky little fingers
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1994 by Peachtree Publishing Company
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The school library hired a dragon as librarian and she was there to protect the books. She becomes possessive of the shiny books and she won’t let any of them be checked out or even have story time. She was afraid of them being messed up. The PTA, the principal and teachers are all defeated by the dragon. It’s a girl with glasses who can’t see well who melts the heart of the librarian. It’s a very cute story.

I fondly remember my elementary school librarian. She was a world traveler and she seeme
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Miss Lotta Scales, an actual dragon, is the new school librarian . . . and she doesn't like ANYONE touching her books. The story didn't wow me, and I wasn't fond of the artwork by Michael P. White.
Nov 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: age-children
This book gets on my nerves with its exhaustive, self-referential, "Ooh! Ooh! Look at me! I'm punny!" overuse of every fire pun in the history of humanity. However, my 6yo and almost 8yo did not seem to notice, or if they did, they did not care. Fine for them, but reading this book was highly annoying for me, the parent. So if the kids bring this home from the library, brace yourself. I'm just sayin' ...
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Library & Story Lovers
Miss Lotta Scales considered herself the ideal librarian. She had the thick skin and burning love of books that Sunrise Elementary school had requested. But with her fiery eye fixed on all the grubby little children, with their sticky fingers, and her zealous defense of "her" books, Miss Lotta was a real dragon. Nothing any of the teachers said could make her see that "the library belongs to the children," until the day young Molly Brinkmeyer wandered into her domain, and began reading Snuff the ...more
Megan Franks
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
The book begins with a want ad requesting a children's librarian--"a thick-skinned professional" with a "burning love for children." Turns out, Sunrise Elementary School has a real dragon of a librian--literally! Miss Lotta Scales believes her job is to guard the library--to protect the books from snotty noses and sticky fingers. No one is allowed to touch the books and storytime is abolished. Everyone fears Miss Lotta Scales (because they often end up singed...even the principal!). In the end, ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Deedy is at her best writing books-to-read-aloud. This would be great to read as part of an introduction to a library for a group of kids, but it also amuses those with more experience, even those who've loaned out their own books. So much fun, and so many little jokes in the text and the illustrations, that it rewards close attention.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for Media Specialists/ librarians to read aloud to students at the beginning of the year to teach about book care. I have done it many times - though not every year.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
I read this to most of my classes for orientation - I think it will be my go-to in the years to come.
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I had seen this book at the library several times and finally took it out this week. Usually, I try to save all books dealing with dragons for Mike to read to Natalie, but since he usually only reads to her at bed time, I read this to her one afternoon. That was probably for the best because this book turned out to be more about libraries and books (my area) than dragons (Mike's area). What I liked about this book was all the funny puns. This book would be an excellent tool for teachers of all g ...more
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun tale about a librarian who takes a run-down elementary school library and makes it new and nice, but the only problem is that the children are no longer allowed to actually touch and read the books. Oh yeah, she's a dragon, too.

This story reminds me of the Black Lagoon series by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee. The librarian is mean and has lots of ways of protecting her books from the sticky fingers, most of which include fire.

The word play is amusing and the illustrations are fun, if
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Ms. Lotta Scales, the librarian at Sunrise Elementary School who loves to keep the library books a little too nice and clean by not allowing any of the students to remove or read any of the books from the bookshelves. What caught my eye right away was the consistent humor in the illustrations of the book and how well the author worked with wordplay. This book can definitely be used by teachers in all grade levels in teaching vocabulary and homonyms. I really enjoyed the illust ...more
Miss Lotta Scales loves the books in the library of Sunrise Elementary School, but maybe she loves them a little too much. The librarian is overprotective of the books from which she is responsible, and makes sure they stay in pristine condition. This means the books don't get used by the children. Despite a visit from a teacher delegation asking her to be more lenient, things remain the same. But when Molly Brickmeyer wanders into the library and begins reading, she melts the heart of the schoo ...more
Elizabeth S
May 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: f-picture, e-short
Parts of the book were really great. But it didn't have a really great feel overall. Maybe it is because today's kids don't call strict teachers "dragons" anymore, so the twist here was lost on my kids. Maybe it is because we've never run into someone who is too strict with their books, so taking it to an extreme was only weird, not funny or clever. There were a lot of places where the kids and I were confused as to the character's motivations. For example, my preschooler kept saying, "But WHY d ...more
Cute use of language in an attempt to relate to dragons (e.g., "The principal fumed. The teachers were incensed. Worst of all, the children had missed reading and storytime for weeks and their grades were going up in smoke.").
Dec 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
This is a fantastic read-aloud if you really get into it. I always sniffed the book when she talks about the books being all smelly. Fourth-graders seemed to giggle the most.
Cheriee Weichel
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would have loved to have had this book in our school library. It’s very clever and full of hilarious puns. The ending is transformational!
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mialynn Wessels
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was definitely a lot longer than the other two children books I read, it had paragraphs unlike the other ones where they had a sentence on a page. The cover if the book was cute but I felt like the pirate looking map had nothing to do with the story. This book definitely gave a good message to kids and I can see myself reading this to my future students.

This book was about a librarian who was a dragon and also a clean freak. She did not allow other students in the l
Leslie Medrano
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Children's picture book
Award: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award

Summary: At Sunrise Elementary, Miss Lotta Scales, loves book so much she does not want children tearing up the pages or putting their dirty fingers on them. She would huff fire or blow out fire whenever she got upset with another teacher or a student. The students and teachers became afraid of her that they dreaded coming to the library and soon there was no library time for the students. One day a brave littl
Megan Cureton
Sunrise Elementary School needs a new librarian. Miss Lotta Scales gets hired. She has many rules, with the main one being not touching the books. She ordered all new books and said that they are for display only. Children would get charred and singed if they had touched the books or did something to them. Until one day, Molly lost her glasses and ends up wondering into the library to look for them. Not knowing she is breaking the rules, she picks up a book and flips it open and starts to read o ...more
Stephanie Siren
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Type: Picture Book

Genre: Fantasy

Awards: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (1997)

This story is about Miss Lotta Scales becoming the Library Dragon. The story takes place in Sunrise Elementary School, sounds like a happy place to be... Until Miss Lotta Scales takes the position. Miss Lotta Scales changes a lot about Sunrise Elementary School, especially in the library. Out with the old and in with the new. The kids begin to hate story time and refuse to go to the library. Until, Molly be
Scarlett Miller
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The new librarian was a bit strange, she had scales, a tale, and was a fire breather. Miss Lotta Scales wasn't an ordinary librarian, she was a dragon. She was very organized and strict, she did not like children touching the books because they would tear them, smudge them, and destroy them. Kids were too scared and stopped going to the library. The principle and teachers all tried to remind her that the library is for the children and she should let them hold the books, they loved story time an ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book begins with a circled want ad for a children’s librarian before the title page. Sunrise Elementary School “seeks a thick skinned professional” who “has a jealous love of books” and a “burning love of children.” The school’s librarian is a ferocious dragon, Miss Lotta Scales, who protects her books from every danger, including sticky little fingers. This causes the children to miss story time and to eventually stop going to the library all together. The principal and teachers try to step ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Sunrise Elementary School needed a librarian so they advertised hoping for a perfect match. But what they got was Miss Lotta Scales and she did not want anyone to touch the books. It became very clear she was a REAL fire breathing dragon. So how would they get a book off the shelf and out of the library? Even the teachers came away scorched by the library dragon.

Then one day a little girl took a book off the shelf and started reading aloud and the library dragon liked what she was hearing. She
Linnea Lyding
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, eye-catching story. It is about a librarian who appears to be a dragon who hates having children in her library. There is a great deal of word play based on her being a fire breathing dragon. The pictures are bright and extremely detailed. There is a lot for the reader to take in. It ultimately shows how this horrific, frightening, beast can be melted by the love a little girl. It is a sweet story. It would be a good story to use with children when you are teaching them about look ...more
Professor Ritter
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Library Dragon is a witty, pun-filled story of a school librarian who protects "her" books with the ferocity of a fire breathing dragon. The teachers and the principal all try to intervene. Nothing changes, however, until a little girl, missing her glasses, wanders into the library. Since she is unable to see the warning signs posted in the library, she unwittingly saves the day by taking a book off of the shelf and reading out loud. A great story about the power of putting real books into t ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cute. Full of lots of puns on dragons/fire/scales/knights/etc. in both words and illustrations.
Both of my girls loved this book.
Meg McGregor
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
A great fun way to celebrate the joy of reading; and the wonders, that our libraries, hold on their shelves, and inside their four walls!
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
-Type of book & Literary Genre: picture book, fiction
-Summary: A new librarian is hired for Sunrise Elementary School. Her name is Miss Lotta Scales, and she is a dragon. She takes her job of caring for the books to a new high. She does not like snotty, slimy little children's hands all over the books, so she becomes scary. The children don't want to go to the library anymore, and they are returning to class singed and burned. The teachers at the school address this issue to no avail. A
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Carmen Agra Deedy is an internationally known author of children’s literature, a storyteller and radio contributor. Born in Havana, Cuba, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1963 after the Cuban Revolution. Deedy grew up in Decatur, Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta and has three daughters.

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