If You Ever Want To Bring A Circus To The Library, Don't! by Elise ParsleyIf You Ever Want To Bring A Circus To The Library, Don't! by Elise Parsley

If You Ever Want To Bring A Circus To The Library, Don't!

byElise Parsley

Picture Books | May 2, 2017

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The third book in the bestselling MAGNOLIA SAYS DON'T! series, which started withIf You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, is another loud and cautionary tale of whatnotto do--this time, at the library!

If you see a poster that says "You Can Do Anything at the Library!", it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn't see any problem with setting up her own big top. She's got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won't fit between the bookshelves? Elise Parsley's boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement thismostly-librarian-approved guide on how to be everything BUT quiet in the library!
Elise Parsley wrote and illustrated the bestsellingIf You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, which was her debut picture book. She has also written and illustratedIf You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!, and illustratedThe Magic Wordby Mac Barnett. She lives in South Dakota with her husband.
Title:If You Ever Want To Bring A Circus To The Library, Don't!Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 12.25 × 9.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316376612

ISBN - 13:9780316376617


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun character 3.5 If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! is the third book in the 'Magnolia' series by Elise Parsley. Parsley is both the author and illustrator. Magnolia has previously brought an alligator to school and a piano to the beach. So is a circus in the library a good idea? Well, the poster says...."You Can Do Anything at the Library!" I work in a public library and have a small grandson who adores being read to as well as visiting the library so this newest book was a great fit for us. He was interested in the book right away - the cover caught his eye - and it held his interest 'til the last page. He started to remember the 'chorus' line with repeated readings...."You can do anything at the library - except......" and shouted the lines as they came up. There's a wonderful rhythm to reading this book out loud and so many opportunities to be vocally expressive. I do wonder if another word could have been found for 'concessions' (used in the food sense) as I ended up paraphrasing. There's a countdown moment that he loved as well. Subsequent readings had us stopping to look at the pictures more closely (Library Gramma quite enjoyed the posters!) to see details more closely. There's lots of opportunity for discussion based on the book - talking about what his library looked like and what he does at the library and what he might like to do - both 'approved' and over the top like Magnolia. I do want to say as a library employee that things have changed over the years. Things do get 'loud' at the library sometimes and we do bring in 'events'. Not a circus so far though.... Magnolia as a lead character is wonderful - she is full of life, enthusiasm and imagination. The illustrations are colourful and quirky. The facial expressions allow a little one to interpret what the characters might be thinking or feeling. Gramma and Little Guy both enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-05-28

Editorial Reviews

"This is an engaging debut picture book [that] will appeal to a wide age range. Here's hoping for more adventures with Magnolia!"-School Library Journal