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Carlo And The Really Nice Librarian


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Jessica Spanyol achieved a distinction for her MA in Illustration at the Royal College of Art. Since then she has worked with various artists, staging exhibitions and designing installations and set designs, and has won several awards and prizes for her work. She has created a series of picture books about Carlo the inquisitive giraffe. She lives with her partner and son, Milo, in east London.


Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by Jessica Spanyol finds the bibliophile giraffe star of Carlo Likes Counting becoming friends with Mrs. Chinca, an alligator librarian who, though initially scary to Carlo, wins him over quickly. Carlo happily enjoys all the library has to offer, including the books, "colorful posters" and "chairs with wheels." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

PreS-Gr 1-The charming little giraffe who starred in Carlo Likes Reading (Candlewick, 2001) and his cat visit the new library where he is intrigued by the colorful posters and the chairs on wheels. When Mrs. Chinca, the alligator librarian, appears, Carlo is at first frightened of her, but she quickly reassures him by reading to him, enlisting his help in shelving books, and issuing him a library card. When he gets home, the giraffe notices that a bite-sized piece is missing from a page of one of the books he checked out. He tells his mother, "Mrs. Chinca really does love her books." Spanyol's rousing rhythms and fun imagery ("Carlo laughed so much he got his tail in a tangle") are amplified by the bright watercolor, acrylic, and collage artwork. Amusing visual details, including sight gags of the cat's antics, provide enough interest for multiple reads.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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