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DELILAH D. AT THE LIBRARY by Jeanne Willis

DELILAH D. AT THE LIBRARY

By Jeanne Willis (Author) , Rosie Reeve (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 19th, 2007
ISBN: 0-618-78195-1
Publisher: Clarion

Delilah D., a precocious preschooler, insists that she’s the queen of a distant country. Despite her mother’s denials, Delilah firmly asserts that where she comes from, things are different. Just how different is detailed during Delilah’s trip to the library with her younger brother and her babysitter. A land where libraries feature free doughnuts doesn’t sound half bad, but Delilah’s disruptive behavior will undoubtedly bring adult readers back to earth with a thud. From climbing up the bookshelves to singing very loudly, Delilah draws attention, but the patient “Library Anne” continues to cope. The babysitter, by the way, is exceedingly true to life—she spends her time at the library emailing her boyfriend. Sprawling colored pencil, ink and collage illustrations keep the focus squarely on Delilah, whether she’s parading through her spacious home, sharing a made-up map of her country in a fold-out page or cavorting in the bright, cheerful library. While her antics may be amusingly familiar for parents and librarians, it’s less clear how much kids will enjoy the arch humor. (Picture book. 5-8)