Librarian's Night Before Christmas
Librarian's Night Before Christmas
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Annotation: A librarian who is busy shelving books on Christmas Eve is surprised to see Santa flying toward the library in his red bookmobile.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #4045599
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Illustrator: Harris, Jim,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-589-80336-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-589-80336-7
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2006001444
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
A librarian toils late on Christmas Eve mending a battered collection when Santa arrives driving a bookmobile to deliver shiny new books. Although librarians may smile at references to slashed budgets and New York Times bestsellers, the clunky and pandering rhyme offers nothing to engage a child. The amateurish illustrations feature a stereotypical librarian, complete with her hair in a bun.
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up-A weary, somewhat disgruntled librarian is visited on Christmas Eve by a bookmobile-driving St. Nick who proceeds to restock the shelves, read to the children, and pay off overdue fines. The idea is good, but this spin on the classic poem lacks polish. In several instances, words that should rhyme do not. There are also numerous references to ideas and names that will be meaningless to most children (pork-barrel money, Jane Austen). Some good messages come through ("The best gift of all is a library card!" "Have a real Merry Christmas-teach someone to read!"), yet a bitter taste underlies the poem in its complaints against "the powers that be," most notably in the couplet that reads: "For the book-budget cutters, Old Claus had no plan,/'Cause if they could read, they just read Ayn Rand." The artwork, though sketchy, is colorful and engaging. Santa is appropriately jolly and the elves, exuberant. A library cat and mouse contribute to the antics. This book might be fun to read aloud at the staff holiday party, but it isn't likely to be of much interest to kids.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 655
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 115519 / grade: Lower Grades

A librarian who is busy shelving books on Christmas Eve is surprised to see Santa flying toward the library in his red bookmobile. Bringing wonderful gifts of new books, carpet, and more, Santa and his elves make the library as good as new.

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