Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book by Karen Casale

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is super funny, a great read and it’s about libraries!

neverletaNever Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book – Book Care Guidelines from the Library Secret Service

by Karen Casale

Illustrated by Cecilia Rebora

32 Pages – Ages 5+

Published by Upstart Books in October 2012

Theme/Topic – Libraries – reading

Opening and Synopsis –

“When you borrow a book from the library, you probably know you can’t keep it forever. Other kids want to borrow that book, too.

So while you have it, you must take care of it. For the next kid. That’s where the LIBRARY SECRET SERVICE (L.S.S.) comes in.

The L.S.S. has issued VERY OFFICIAL GUIDELINES (V.O.G.) so that you know how to take care of your library book…”

Learn all about caring for your library books from the L.S.S. (who knew the library had its very own  secret service)! You’ll learn things like don’t let your pets eat your books, don’t leave your books out in the sun and never, EVER let a ghost borrow your library book. You’ll also learn that the most important thing to do with your library book is… READ IT!

Why I liked this book – This is a hilarious book! The illustrations are even funny! I like how they look like they were cut from paper. PLUS the book has a  great message, take care of your books! I like the V.O.G.s listed in the book and what the L.S.S. agents say/do!

Activities and Resources –

Visit a library and explore all the books there!

Talk to your child about how to care for the books in your house and other people’s books.

You can buy or make your own personal library kit. My aunt Cheryl got me one for Christmas and it’s pretty cool. It has check out cards and a date stamp so I can lend my books out and know where they are going. I think it is a fun idea for kids to pretend they are a librarian.

To learn more about Karen Casale and her book, visit her Facebook page HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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53 replies

  1. This sound such fun! I am writing a library picture book at the moment.

  2. Oh how fun. It’s a good that is fictional, Erik!

  3. Hmm Is that how some books just seem to disappear, a ghost borrowed them? Interesting! 🙂
    I am intrigued about your library kit. I have so many books and it would be great to be able to keep track that way when I lend them. Also, it would be fantastic for the Alzheimer’s caregivers support group I take part in; they would be better able to keep track of the books they lend members. I’m going to have to find a kit or two.
    Another fun and informative review, Erik! Thanks. 🙂

  4. The title of this book made me laugh, but it is much different than I expected. Sounds terrific. And I like your library kit. I should be doing that with my books – I have lost a few books because I can’t remember who borrowed them.

  5. Sounds funny! I love your library kit. I’ve lost tons of books to borrowers, unfortunately.

  6. Great resources! Sounds like a fun book.

  7. I love it! I can’t tell you how many former library books we’ve scored at the Friends of the Library sales because kids have doodled on them and ripped them. Perhaps this book should be required reading before getting a library card?

  8. I love the title! I’ve always dreamed of having a little library to share my books with people. I have lots of books.

  9. What a very funny book! I laughed as I read your review. But, it is great to teach kids how to take care of library books.

  10. Sounds like a great way of combining really great advice with fun!

  11. Best title for a book. Ever. lol Sounds great. I like the idea of a personal library kit – I wonder where one might find one of those? Hmm….

  12. I love the title. Good choice for your picture book Friday. Now I know for sure what I had suspected all along — ghosts have my missing books. Dang ghosts!

  13. This is a great choice for PPBF. Sometimes,, the best ways to get a few rules across is to add in some secret service agents and make the rules something special to follow 🙂

  14. Our library once had a display of look-what-happens-if books and other library items! It was really interesting, shocking actually! Looks like a god pick for me!

  15. I’m going to have to check this out. This looks like a lot of fun. I’m always so impressed with your reviews!

  16. A fun choice, Erik! I’m curious as to why you should never lend your book to a ghost. Hmmmm….

  17. My kids are always distressed when they find marks or tears in library books. We do our best to repair them! Great PPBF choice Erik.

  18. First off, I was sold on the title! 🙂 But I really like the sound of this book – teaching you to care for library books is a great message. I love your activity about making your own library – I think I should do that – I am always loaning out books and then wondering where they are 🙂

  19. Great review Erik and love the book. Title sure is a grabber. Great message too!

  20. This is such a funny book, Erik! Thank you for sharing it. The activities are great as well.
    The library was always one of my favorite places…my first ‘real’ job was in a library.:)

  21. This book looks fantastic! And like so many others, I think your library kit sounds cool. What a great idea!

  22. This sounds like a ‘must read’ Erik, so I will add it to my list. From one librarian to another, I love the idea of the ‘library kit’. Thanks for another great review Erik.

  23. I wish I would have had this book to read to my students when I was a school librarian. I’m checking this one out at our local children’s library! Thanks Erik…

  24. This sounds like one I would really enjoy! I am a huge fan of humorous books, and love that this is one with such an important message! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Erik!

  25. Awww, another book about books! How awesome. The book cover also looks very nice – inventive and ingenious. I like the idea of having a secret service for books, thanks for sharing that cliffhanger as well, now I have to find the book! 🙂


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