Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weintstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol

Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian
by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol
Review Copy from HMH Books
Story: When Doctor Glockenspiel escapes from the Depository for the Criminally Naughty, he heads to his lair in the Arctic where he unleashes his demand on the world: Pay one billion trillion dollars or an, "army of giant moths will eat the world's books!!!" When the world's best secret agents can't stop him, someone who loves books, "so much that she would risk her life to save them," is needed. With her book-shaped parachute ready to go, Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian , puts her plan into action. With a trove of secret disguises and the right book (at the right time) for just the right person, Lyric infiltrates the secret lair and thwarts Glockenspeil's dastardly plan!
Pictures: Author and illustrator Vera Brosgol (Caldecott honor Leave Me Alone! and graphic novels Be Prepared and Anya's Ghost) is a favorite of mine and I LOVE that she is the artist bringing this incredible librarian to life! With panels and word bubbles, the illustrations move the story along. Her palette of hot pink, magenta and bold yellow is fantastic, giving life and energy to Lyric and her secret mission. Be sure to read this book often and closely for little jokes and special details, like the titles of the books Lyric slips people.
Why Read? Why Buy?: So many reasons! First and foremost, Lyric's fight to save all the books in the world is exciting and funny and kids will love it. That said, this book is a great conversation starter for all things reading, books and literacy. Since 1995, my guiding philosophy and mantra has been, "Put the right book in the right hands." There is a book for everything - every emotion, experience, idea, imagining and more - and I believe that these books can help us be better people and live better lives and Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian can help kids see this. That said, you can't be what you can't see, and, while change is slow, I think that the publishing world is trying to address this.
I know who I'm going to be for Halloween!

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