Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book

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One very special morning Beverly Billingsly becomes a proud new card-carrying member of the Piedmont Public Library. But what happens when she forgets to return her book by its due date? Will Beverly ever be able to borrow another book?
Beverly and her favorite librarian, Mrs. Del Rubio, prove just how friendly a place the library can be. In his picture book debut, Alexander Stadler introduces an endearing character sure to delight readers of all ages.

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Beverly Billingsly is terrified. She can't eat--not even chocolate cake. She can't sleep. What could be so horrific for the youngster? Her library book Dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Period--checked out using her very-first-ever library card--is overdue! Her friends aren't much help: Sheila tells Beverly she will probably owe about a thousand dollars in fines, and Carlton proclaims, "My mother's friend's cousin's brother was late with a library book, and he went to jail." Even in her dreams, a green triceratops warns, "Return me, Beverleeeeeee!" Needless to say, Beverly is quite relieved when the hip new librarian Mrs. Del Rubio dismisses her two-day-late book with a smile and gentle note of caution.

William Steig (Sylvester and the Magic Pebble) meets Lucy Cousins (of Maisy fame) in Alexander Stadler's completely charming picture-book tribute to libraries and the joy of reading. Early readers will relate to Beverly's voracious enjoyment of her chosen book as well as her overblown, stomach ache-inducing fears about the consequences of it being overdue. (Her gushed confession to her concerned mother goes as follows: "I have to return the book, and the dinosaur is mad at me, and Mrs. Del Rubio is going to take all my money, and I don't want to go to jail!")

The simple illustrations are expressive and winning--with fabulous characterizations of the not-so-helpful Carlton, hilarious depictions of imagined jail scenarios, and small-but-wonderful details like the book's due date, April 7, printed in red all over Beverly's pajamas during the "nightmare sequence." A fine addition to any young booklover's shelf. (Ages 3 to 7) --Karin Snelson

About the Author:

ALEXANDER STADLER is a textile designer, author, and illustrator. Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book is his first picture book. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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