Book Review: “Larry Gets Lost in the Library” by Eric Ode

Larry Gets Lost in the Library is a fun picture book set to release on August 3, 2021. The story follows a puppy named Larry who’s search for a book turns into an adventure that takes him to the city library.

A young boy named Pete is visiting his grandparents on the farm for the summer and his puppy, Larry, is with him. One day the bookmobile stops by the farm and Pete comes out with books to read. Larry wants a book to read too! But puppies aren’t allowed in bookmobiles. No one sees Larry sneak inside, and, soon after, he gets carted away on an adventure to the city as the bookmobile returns to the library.

Larry Gets Lost in the Library is a rhyming picture book. Its simple, upbeat rhythm pairs well with the pace of this light-hearted adventure. Each setting mirrors the changing pace as the story progresses, shown through playful pictures depicting the movement and details children love. And what a treat to see a wet puppy join the children for the library’s story time!

I love that in the end, Pete knows what Larry wants and he chooses a book in the bookmobile that’s just right for his pup.

Larry Gets Lost in the Library would be great as a read aloud or for newly independent readers. The story offers parents and teachers a chance to discuss farm life, library etiquette, and strategies for what to do if you get lost.

I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Larry Gets Lost in the Library is available on Amazon and anywhere else fine books are sold. Learn more on the publisher’s website: Little Big Foot (an imprint of Sasquatch Books).

About Larry Gets Lost in the Library

The latest in the best-selling Larry Gets Lost series, featuring the perpetually lost pup, Larry, celebrates libraries and librarians.

Larry, a playful pup, loves to go on vacation with Pete. In this edition they visit Pete’s grandparents on a farm. When a bookmobile arrives, Pete is excited to select a stack of books. As Pete reads, he doesn’t notice that Larry, in search of a snack, wanders into the bookmobile.

Larry’s adventure begins when the librarian drives away, not realizing Larry is on board, to return the bookmobile to the city library. Larry, searching for Pete, soon finds himself lost inside the library, where he is surrounded by busy librarians and patrons enjoying books. But will he ever find his way back to his best friend Pete?

About Eric Ode

Eric Ode is a national award-winning children’s singer, songwriter, author, and poet who performs for schools, libraries, and community events. He is also the author of Sea Star Wishes, Bigfoot Does Not Like Birthday Parties, and coauthor of Larry Gets Lost Under the Sea.

About John Skewes (Illustrator)

John Skewes is the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost children’s book series, John has followed Larry from the southern tip of Texas to tiny Nome, Alaska, and has been lost several times himself. He has illustrated over 30 children’s books, including the Elliott the Otter, A Ticket to the Pennant, and the Wetmore Forest books. He now works for Funko in Everett, Washington.

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Published by K.A. Cummins

K.A. Cummins is an award-winning author and artist. Her publications include Havok Publishing, Rattle, Blue Mesa Review, and her middle-grade series, Snow Globe Travelers.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: “Larry Gets Lost in the Library” by Eric Ode

  1. Looks adorable! I have not heard of this series before, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  2. Thanks for such a thorough thoughtful review. I agree that this sounds like a fun book. I love books set in libraries and book shops.

    1. It seems like there’s been more books with those settings. A welcome sight. In a fun twist, one story released last fall was told by a special book in a large home library: The Edge of Everywhen by A.S. Mackey.

  3. This sounds like such a delightful picture book! The adventures in the library sound super-fun, and I’m glad to hear the rhyming text works well for the story! I’ve been enjoying a lot of picture books lately, so I’ll keep this in mind. Thanks so much for the great review!

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