With three out of four kids participating in our library's summer reading program, we are finding ourselves there even more than during the school year. This book leaped off the shelf at me when I saw the colorful cover and that adorable four-eyed face that reminded me of The Professor when he was first bespectacled.
Melvin doesn't live at the library, but he spends a lot of time there. The three librarians endear themselves to him by helping with things like organizing his baseball card, studying for the Spelling Bee, even identifying 87 bugs Melvin accidentally liberates in the reference section.
Marge, Betty and Leeola quickly organized an emergency rescue squad. The bugs were retrieved, identified, classified, and cataloged within twenty minutes.
"How'd you do that so fast?" asked Melvin.
"That's how we are," explained Leeola.
"When we see chaos...," began Betty.
"...we organize and catalog," finished Marge. "It's in our nature."
Well, the boy grows up but the story doesn't end there. The three librarians, now grey-haired but still smiling, are so proud of Melvin's accomplishments.
They couldn't help it. That's how librarians are.
This is a fun book for kids with a sweet story for moms. Especially moms who appreciate the value of a good librarian!