This is another book with a great premise. Libraries and lions really do (or should) go together. The idea of a lion who basically adopts a library would be enough to carry a book. But this book goes further. It is also a story about friendship and about rules. Rules, this story says, are very important. But sometimes, when there is a very good reason (like friendship), some rules can be broken.
This books trusts kids to be able to understand nuance. As someone who spends a lot of time focused on rules (“Elbows off the table!”), I appreciate that. And, leaving aside all nuance, the kids greatly appreciate the frequent opportunities to roar along.
Author: Michelle Knudsen
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes