The Island of Dr. Libris

Where stories come to life

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Middle Grade (8-12)
Random House, 2015

ISBN‏: ‎ 9780385388450

The Island of Dr. Libris

Where stories come to life

A New York Times bestseller


Billy Gillfoyle’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible… isn’t it?

Celebrate the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!


“A wonderful tale… a complete original.”
—James Patterson

“Grabenstein’s… powerful imagination unfurls a grand series of adventures…. Readers will wish their summers were so eventful.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Grabenstein’s economical prose is perfectly suited for this novel, which teems with appeal for a variety of readers, from those who will catch all the literary references to those who enjoy a good fight scene…. Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun.”

“Chris Grabenstein gleefully plunders great works of literature for his cast of secondary characters in The Island of Dr. Libris, a madcap mash-up that 8- to 12-year-olds will want to devour in big gulps.”
—Wall Street Journal

“Though the premise is familiar, kids will enjoy the cartoonish mayhem, especially given Grabenstein’s breezy narrative voice and jaunty wit.”
—The New York Times



Bring the Fun, Excitement (and Learning) of The Island Of Dr. Libris into Your Classroom or Library

In The Island of Dr. Libris, fictional characters from classic books help Billy tackle obstacles he encounters on the mysterious island. The Book It! game allows players to experience the same fun that Billy does in the book (while challenging and testing their knowledge of fictional characters).

Just about everything you need to play is available in one downloadable PDF:

• Set Up and Game Play Instructions
• Answer Key
• Book Character Reference Sheet
• Obstacle Cards

You just need to make your own TRAIL PIECES with sheets of construction paper, ideally with one color per team.

Teachers, Parents, & Librarians:

Book Trailer