The Plot In 5 Sentences Or Less: Billy’s parents are having difficulties in their marriage, so he is spending the summer with his mother in a lakeside cabin while his father stays working in New York City. But this isn’t any normal cabin; it’s one built by the eccentric Dr. Libris, a scientist/professor who has installed security cameras all over the property. Even more strange, when Billy begins reading some of the classic books from Dr. Libris’s ornate bookshelf, the books actually come to life on an island out in the lake. Billy soon finds himself talking to Robin Hood and crossing swords with the 3 Musketeers. As he unleashes so many classic book characters, Billy must find a way to put a stop to the madness.
My Take: Having greatly enjoyed Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, I was looking forward to this book. While I didn’t find it as engrossing Lemoncello’s, I appreciated it for its own merits. Grabenstein kept the plot moving and at no point did I ever feel that the book slowed down. I think that kids will enjoy the imaginary dangers on the island as well as getting to know some classic book characters.
One Interesting Note About the Author: According to his website, Chris co-wrote the movie “The Christmas Gift” starring John Denver which premiered in 1986. It often still played around Christmas time.