Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Cover image for The island of Dr. LibrisHere is the first in a series by Grabenstein who wrote Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  In this story Billy is spending the summer in a vacation cabin owned by the mysterious Dr. X. Libris.  Near the cabin is an island and Billy quickly discovers that when he reads books from Dr. Libris' library, they come true on the island.  With his new friend, Walter, Billy goes to the island where he meets famous character from books; some friends, and other enemies.  Can Billy and Walter keep characters like Hercules and the Three Musketeers from killing each other, while searching for a way to save Billy's parent's marriage?

This was a decent adventure fantasy/science fiction, full of familiar literary characters in funny situations.  The whole premise of an island where imagination becomes real is interesting, and Billy and Walter are endearing characters.  The mental image of Hercules wearing Robin Hood tights that were a little too small tickled my fancy. Grabenstein left the story wide open for a sequel, but I haven't heard when it might be coming out.  I will probably read it. (242)

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