A brilliant librarian helps students to welcome big changes in this picture book by Cara Devins with illustrations from K-Fai Steele.
It’s a new school year, and something is different. The students’ beloved librarian, Ms. Stack, has retired. The new librarian, Ms. Bangle, is not the same! She has different ways of doing, well, everything! How will the students ever adjust?
Change isn’t easy, but it can be a positive experience. With a bit of patience, and a lot of heart, it can be positively brilliant.
"In a sly picture book portrait of a schoolroom power struggle, Steele’s cartoony young figures have wide googly eyes, expressive mouths, and palpable-feeling energy that aligns with their determination." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"There were a few back-to-school-themed books released this year that were billed as being supremely funny. I read them and thought … hmmm … but didn’t laugh. This book, however, did make me laugh. And, I loved it. (Note: I do not laugh or cry easily at books. They really have to work for it to get me.)... This book has more text than a lot of picture books, but it totally works. And, it has hilarious asides including references to lithographic printing, hemming pants, rotator cuff surgery, lesson plans and lima beans. Who could ask for anything more?"--Pat Zietlow Miller, Picture Book Builders
"A story that celebrates librarians, reading, and how the right teacher can ease the fear of change." —School Library Journal
"A charming portrayal of a whimsical trickster librarian who knows how to get kids reading." —Kirkus Reviews
"There’s a new school librarian in town... She looks fun; she looks energetic; she looks ready to read! The kids, however, are not convinced. They brush off all of Ms. Bangle’s attempts to engage them, but Ms. Bangle has a few tricks up her bright yellow sleeve. Sly humor, creative problem-solving, and a book series called Daisy (that really should exist) combine to help the children give Ms. Bangle a chance. An entertaining entry to add to “first day of school” collections." —Booklist