The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein 242 pages
This is another title by Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. I can't say that this one wowed me the way Lemoncello did. It was good, a solid story, but it didn't have the vibe that the first one did. In Island, twelve-year-old Billy fears the worst for his parents...divorce. He is staying at a cabin with his scientist-mother while his father is off trying to make it big in showbiz. The two couldn't be more different in their basic outlook on life, it seems. While at the cabin, Billy unlocks a mysterious book cabinet. When he begins reading, he would swear he could hear the action from the book taking place somewhere out on the island...Dr. Libris' Island. When he discovers that he has the power to read things into being...well, you can imagine the kind of trouble a kid could get into. I love that Grabenstein manages to work in some classic tales, whether just referencing them or actually bringing them into the story. It was an enjoyable book to listen to, I just like Lemoncello's Library better.