The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer

87%

14 Critic Reviews

It’s a book about books, but more particularly a book about library culture; readers who make faithful weekly trips to their own libraries will be especially charmed.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf. But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story. The book is sent to the library's basement where the other faded books live. How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl's bookshelf—and in her heart—makes for an unforgettable story sure to enchant anyone who has ever cherished a book. Kate Bernheimer and Chris Sheban have teamed up to create a picture book that promises to be loved every bit as much as the lonely book itself.
 

About Kate Bernheimer

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KATE BERNHEIMER is the founder and editor of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review as well as the author of two novels and a children's book and the editor of two other anthologies of original short fiction. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. GREGORY MAGUIRE is the bestselling author of Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 01 2012

A lovely story in its own right, this picture book may make readers clamor for the story within the story about the little fairy living under her toadstool.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

It’s a book about books, but more particularly a book about library culture; readers who make faithful weekly trips to their own libraries will be especially charmed.

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BookPage

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Bruer Kitchel

This is a sweet story with beautiful, dream-like illustrations by Chris Sheban.

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Project MUSE

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeannette Hulick on Mar 01 2012

This emotionally affecting story will resonate with young (and old) readers who have already experienced book love firsthand, and it may prompt reluctant readers to keep searching for that special book that will hook them as well.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Lynn on Apr 14 2012

Sigh of satisfaction! OK – I admit it – I teared up at the end and no true book lover could do otherwise!

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Journey of a Bookseller

Good
Reviewed by Jo Ann Hakola on Jul 11 2012

This one is going in my personal library. I may never find the book I lost but this book will remind me of it each time I look at it.

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Kiss the Book

Good
Jun 11 2012

The illustrations are wonderful. The story is tender and had the perfect ending!

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Muse Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Megret on Apr 24 2012

This book captures perfectly the feeling of wonderment and amazement that a child can feel by just looking at the cover of a timeless book.

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Cracking the Cover

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Jun 08 2012

It’s beautifully illustrated with the soft feel to it that feels as homey and comfortable as a treasured book.

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A Patchwork of Books

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Jul 14 2012

Rarely does a picture book actually bring me to tears, but this one succeeded. I love, love, love it...

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Musings

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Peterson on Apr 09 2012

I will admit that I teared up while reading this book.

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Cinjoella

Good
Reviewed by Joella on Jul 09 2012

The illustrations are also lovely and the bits of light that comes from the book (the show-and-tell picture where there is this glow the book throws on all the kids' faces) is just enchanting.

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Gulliver's

Good
Reviewed by Carrie on Jun 05 2012

In this time of electronic media what a wonderful reminder of how special and important a printed book can be. I recommend this story to young & old alike.

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Random Acts of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Erin on Apr 09 2012

This story will appeal equally to 4-6 year olds and their parents.

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