Title: Lost in the Library
Author: Josh Funk | Illustrator: Stevie Lewis
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. | Published: August 28, 2018
Character Origin: Animals
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 3.8 | Lexile Measure: —
Synopsis: Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude is the first picture book about Patience and Fortitude, the two lion statues that faithfully guard the New York Public Library. When Patience goes missing, Fortitude realizes the secret to Patience’s disappearance may be within the Library itself.
This is a welcoming book that piques the curiosity of the reader from the very first page. It reminded me of a scavenger hunt. The context is reminiscent of Night in the Museum. The elements that Funk brought to life within the Library itself were a nice touch. The reader gets to identify and connect with Fortitude and Patience while learning about their friendship. Not only that but they get to take a peek into some really cool spaces within the Library.
Lewis’ illustrations were masterfully executed. The lions were welcoming yet majestic at the same time. Funk’s proses are filled with such imagination and creative rhymes. I loved reading this story and I’m sure your kids will too. The Library is alive and full of adventures. All you have to do is open a book and see for yourself. Your next adventure is only a page away. I will be adding the New York Public Library to places to my bucket list.