Review published on May 4, 2017.
This is a really delightful children’s book! If this is the first book a child reads by choice as opposed to school reading books, then they will be hooked by the reading bug, for life. I love reading children’s books; they are often funny, sometimes containing mildly rude words such as “bare bums” to shock the younger reader, which will in turn then make them laugh. I get as absorbed in them as much as I would a book about, for instance, Anne Boleyn.
One of the main characters in the book is a Miss Charlotte. The illustrations by Tony Ross are also extremely brilliant. They bring the story to life and this is a big advantage in enticing children to read. If an adult is with the child at the time of reading, the illustrations provide the opportunity for discussion and thus enhance the joy of the book.
The book also refers to the first book in the Adventures of Miss Charlotte series, as well as re-introducing a boy, Leo, who befriends Miss Charlotte. As the book progresses, Leo has need of Marie, who he met at the Explorers Club the previous summer. It is good for children to have characters re-introduced as this will give them a sense of belonging and add to their enjoyment, looking for the next book in the series, too.
This book will appeal to all children regardless of their age. It would make an ideal gift.
Lindsay Nichols 5/5
The Mysterious Librarian by Dominique Demers
Alma Books Ltd 9781846884153 pbk Feb 2017