The Island of Dr. Libris

The Island of Dr. Libris

eBook - 2015
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A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385388474
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0385388462
9780385388467
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9780385388443
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Alternative Title: Island of Doctor Libris

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ncruziqbal
Dec 26, 2016

I read this outloud to my daughter (11 yrs) and we both enjoyed it. It was light and fun and gave us lots of snuggle time together.

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treehugger0511
Apr 25, 2016

I loved it . It was one of the best books I've ever read!😍

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carinmilburn
Apr 17, 2016

The story is too unbelievable with two dimensional characters. I don't see most kids getting into this. Lacks suspense and characters you really care about. I found myself putting it down a lot,never a good sign.

CMLibrary_akeller Dec 18, 2015

I read this book because I loved his first one (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library). While I did not like this as much as the other one, it was a fun read. Basically, book characters come to life when this twelve-year-old boy reads from books. You've got characters such as Robin Hood, Hercules, the three musketeers, and even Pollyanna. It is fun to see all these characters from different books and different worlds interact together. This is a fast read that is full of surprises. The characters aren't fully developed and some of the dialogue is not very good, but it made me smile . While it is not perfect or even one of my favorites, it is a good way to introduce kids to classic books like robin hood and the three musketeers. It made me want to reread those classics.

QueenBoadicea Jul 31, 2015

This book falls flat in a few ways. The character of Farkas (an unfortunate name that just begs to be rendered into an obscenity) is your garden variety bully, a thug with a couple of minions who conveniently disappear partway through the story. Also, the storybook characters brought from within the pages of books are so cardboard; their dialogue makes you cringe. The mysterious Dr. Libris at first comes off as someone you’d want to know—until he turns into a grubby, avaricious little man with no interest beyond accruing cash.

The boy child suddenly developing magical powers has been done to death and with less predictability than is shown here. He wants to get his parents back together but you get the feeling his intentions are solely to make sure the family stays in clover and he gets to keep his iPhone. His manipulation of them is shockingly awful; his parents also seem to be so negligent it’s a mystery why he’d want them back together, anyway. The adventures are wacky but without a real feeling of danger to them; one dilemma is so abruptly dealt with you wonder why it was brought up in the first place.

This is a tepid story, obviously designed to promote a “Reading is fun” message but without a real sense of tension, character development or plot points. Since it’s a mere jumble of other, better books, the reader should skip it and stick to the classics listed in the back.

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FindingJane
Jul 31, 2015

This book falls flat in a few ways. The character of Farkas (an unfortunate name that just begs to be rendered into an obscenity) is your garden variety bully, a thug with a couple of minions who conveniently disappear partway through the story. Also, the storybook characters brought from within the pages of books are so cardboard; their dialogue makes you cringe. The mysterious Dr. Libris at first comes off as someone you’d want to know—until he turns into a grubby, avaricious little man with no interest beyond accruing cash.

The boy child suddenly developing magical powers has been done to death and with less predictability than is shown here. He wants to get his parents back together but you get the feeling his intentions are solely to make sure the family stays in clover and he gets to keep his iPhone. His manipulation of them is shockingly awful; his parents also seem to be so negligent it’s a mystery why he’d want them back together, anyway. The adventures are wacky but without a real feeling of danger to them; one dilemma is so abruptly dealt with you wonder why it was brought up in the first place.

This is a tepid story, obviously designed to promote a “Reading is fun” message but without a real sense of tension, character development or plot points. Since it’s a mere jumble of other, better books, the reader should skip it and stick to the classics listed in the back.

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alyssascanga
Jul 03, 2015

The Island of Dr Libris is a wonderful read filled with fun and imagination. When 12 year old Billy goes to stay at a cottage belonging to the mysterious Dr Libris, he is bummed by its lack of electronics. Forced to read the books Dr Libris' study for entertainment, strange things start happening on the island in the middle of the lake. Can Billy and his new friend Walter get to the bottom of things? recommend for grades 5-7

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Aug 04, 2015

maroon_cat_133 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 14

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