Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris

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!


  1. Charlotte, I just love your book references. Usually, I have a terrible time finding books from the SEton list for some of our kids. Our public library doesn't offer many choices and have a hard time finding them at different "sharing" libraries. Since I have a hard time finding the ones that are recommended through Seton, I'm sure jotting down the ones that you mention.

  2. Thanks, Patty! Does your library have an interlibrary loan system? If they do, basically, they will search for the books you want for you and get them in from other libraries. There are usually special restrictions regarding length of time you can check them out, but it has been invaluable to me to find those books that our good, but relatively small library, just don't have on their shelves. Also, talk to your children's librarians and get to know them. Ours are so familiar with my kids that they know them by name. If I tell the head librarian about a really great book that we like that they don't have, she has been known to put it on her order list provided it's still in print.


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