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MISS SMITH AND THE HAUNTED LIBRARY by Michael Garland

MISS SMITH AND THE HAUNTED LIBRARY

By Michael Garland (Author) , Michael Garland (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-42139-9
Publisher: Dutton

When Miss Smith takes her class to a spooky old library, the kids are dubious; they get downright anxious when librarian Ms Creeper reads a few characters out of Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook: the Hound of the Baskervilles, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, etc. Fright turns to fun when Ms Creeper passes out cookies and cider. Garland’s third Miss Smith outing is more fizzle than anything else, however. The target audience’s familiarity with any of the bad guys not in a Disney movie is tenuous at best, their lack of context rendering much of the tale meaningless. It’s rare for books about the magic of reading to be themselves magical, and this, alas, is no exception. (Picture book. 5-8)