The Island of Dr. Libris

The Island of Dr. Libris is written by Chris Grabenstein and illustrated by Gilbert Ford. This book was also published by Random House/ Penguin Random House. Chris Grabenstein is a New York Bestseller and is the the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, he has also written The Haunted House Mystery series, and Welcome to Wonderland Home Sweet Motel.

Twelve years old Billy Gyllfoyle is spending the summer with his mum at a rented lakeside cabin that belongs to the secretive, mysterious and puzzling Dr. Libris. But there is something going on: there is no TV or video games, but plenty of security cameras. And to fight his boredom, Billy decides to explore Dr. Libris’ locked bookcase. He figures out how to pick the lock, and starts reading, but as soon as that happens, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake, the sound of trees rustling, the clash of swords, the twang of arrows. It’s almost as if the stories are coming alive! And when he goes outside to check, he finds out that it is true, the events of the story are taking place just outside his door. Whatever he reads, somehow comes to life on this mysterious island.

He bring his neighbours, Walter and Walter’s sister to the island and together they have to solve the mystery of how these stories come to life.

That’s how we will meet Dr. Seuss, Hercules, Antaeus, Robin Hood, Maid Marian, The Three Musketeers, D’Artagnan, Pollyanna, Tom Sawyer and many more of our favorite characters all in one place. They start interacting and the results are interesting, funny, captivating and surprising.

This is a fun book to read, full of humour, mysteries, excitement and adventure. I enjoyed reading it and following the interaction of its characters. It’s hard to put it down because it engages your imagination, keeps you on the edge of your seat and you have to find out if it’s all Billy’s imagination or if Dr. Libris is behind the whole affair.



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