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WHEN THE LIBRARY LIGHTS GO OUT by Megan McDonald

WHEN THE LIBRARY LIGHTS GO OUT

By Megan McDonald (Author) , Katherine Tillotson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-86170-2
Publisher: Richard Jackson/Atheneum

After-hours in a library transforms into a magical time as the story puppets become animated. When Rabbit discovers Hermit Crab missing from their communal box, he coaxes sleepy Lion to help find him. The duo searches the library with the aid of maps, skirts dastardly giants and enjoys a “found” picnic harvested from the garbage bins. As Lion and Rabbit explore, ordinary objects become extraordinary pathways to adventure. There is a fluid interplay between the text and artwork. Tillotson’s oil paintings expand upon the imaginative flights of fancy; everyday items cast appropriately eerie shadows through clever manipulations of their placement. She also reveals the practical origins of Rabbit and Lion’s grandiose imaginings; a starry night sky turns out to be children’s names written on suspended star cut-outs, etc. While obviously the size and format of a traditional picture book, the story is broken into titled segments and reads more like a truncated first-chapter book. Slightly challenging as a read-aloud for younger preschoolers, the tale is ideally suited for shared story time with an older audience. (Picture book. 4-8)