Project Description


Return of the Library Dragon

by Carmen Agra Deedy
illustrated by Michael P. White

In this sequel to The Library Dragon, Miss Lotty is finally checking herself out of the Sunrise Elementary School Library, but not before Lotta Scales makes one final, fiery stand.

After 557 years of faithful service, Miss Lotty is retiring from guarding books. But before she can check out of Sunrise Elementary for good, disaster strikes. Someone has ordered to have all the books removed from the library and replaced with machines! It’s enough to make Lotty feel a little…dragon-like. When she bursts into a fiery rage, only one thing can make her shed her scales: assurance that someone will fight to keep her precious books in the hands of Sunrise’s children. A surprise visit from her old friend Molly Brickmeyer reassures her that the library is safe for now and will remain a place where kids can UNPLUG, for the love of books.

Carmen Agra Deedy’s timely and humorous tale is paired with Michael P. White’s lively illustrations to create an unforgettable sequel with an important message for librarians and students alike.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-621-5
Publication Date: 8/1/2012
Page Count: 32
Size: 9″ x 12″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 2.8
GRL: O, Gr 3
Lexile: AD470L
Themes: Books, Libraries, Retirement, Technology
BISAC 1: JUV047000 JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education


“Eye-catching airbrush art…allows readers to enjoy additional searches for humor in twisted book titles, spoofs on tech terminology, and plot or text similarities with the fiery original. Written with a love for the printed word that spreads to quotes on endpapers, this title will find a following with Miss Lotty’s fans.” ―School Library Journal

“An entertaining read… White’s brightly colored, squashed and squiggly full-bleed illustrations match the tale for good goofiness. Pro-book and library quotes on the endpapers and multiple punny book titles in the illustrations add an extra touch of fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The airbrushed illustrations are filled with rich colors and provide wonderful perspectives…The book is pun-filled as a result of the characters’ names and some of the book titles that appear in the colorful images. Bibliophiles who prefer to read books the old fashioned way rather than on Nooks or Kindles are likely to smile at all the tributes from children about the merits of real books” ―Reading Today

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“Carmen Agra Deedy’s books are hilarious and fun for all library-loving kids! This protective library goddess, who encourages her students to read and love books, reminds me of my former school librarian–and I can’t give a higher compliment than that!” ―Parents’ Teachers Magazine

“Carmen Agra Deedy’s sequel to ‘The Library Dragon’ is just as fiery when someone wants to mess with beloved books. Michael P. White’s airbrush watercolors explode upon each page with vibrant detail and color. The end papers are filled with quotes about the love of books, reading, and learning” ―The Wichita Eagle

“A hilarious book with a cautionary message about the value of making sure electronics don’t replace physical books, this story is awesome.” ―”Books to Borrow, Books to Buy”

“This is a fun book for kids of all ages” ―Sally’s Bookshelf

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Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts Picture Books) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013

Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2013-2014

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Colorado Children’s Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Colorado Council of the International Reading Association, 2014

Storytelling World Resource Awards (Winner, Stories for Young Listeners) ―Storytelling World, 2014

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Meet the Author

Carmen Agra Deedy, a New York Times bestselling author, has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives. She lives in Georgia. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Michael P. White is an award-winning fine artist and the illustrator of several children’s books. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.