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Leilong the Library Bus

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Mostly I like this Book.  Leilong is a big boisterous green dino.  He just wants to go to the library for story time.  Overall this book is exactly what you expect from the title.  However, I do wonder if the author is a librarian, or bothered to talk to a librarian about policy because there are multiple times where the librarians in the story tell Leilong he can not come in because he doesn't have a card.  They don’t even offer to get them a card.  I do not know of a single public library in the US that will not let you enter the building without a card.  Usually you only need the card to walk out of the door with materials, or to download digital materials.  I have never heard of a library that makes you show your library card to attend story time.  So except for that mistake, I do like this book.
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As a librarian, I like to peruse children’s books about libraries. This one has a good idea, but a flawed execution.

The art style has a bit of a retro vibe, which may or may not interest young readers, and felt a bit dated looking to me. 

Where it really fails is not once, but twice, Leilong is told to leave the library because he doesn’t have a library card. That’s not how libraries work, we don’t card people at the door. As long as you’re not doing something like property damage as Leilong accidentally does, you’re welcome.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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An adorable book about Leilong, a dinosaur first learning about libraries, who is extremely excited. Unfortunately, he is too big and disruptive to fit in the library, but the children soon find a solution that works better for everyone--Leilong becomes a library bus that carries books and librarians to those who might not be able to reach the library.
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This was so cute! Leilong is going to the library with his friends Maggie, Mo, and Max, and he's very excited about it. But when they get there, Leilong won't fit in the library- he's too big. He waits patiently outside, but can't resist peeking in the window when he hears the children having fun shouting out responses to the story. When he shouts a response, however, the whole building shakes like an earthquake has hit! Will the librarian and library manager be able to figure out how to make the library bigger so Leilong can enjoy it too?
Such a sweet story about the pleasures of listening to stories and reading books! The art is especially wonderful- the retro color palette gives the book a vintage feel, and there are so many fun details in the illustrations I could spend hours looking at them. Definitely recommended!

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A cute story about how a dinosaur who loves to hear stories has a situation he has to work out so he can enjoy the library.
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I wanted to love this book. SO MUCH. It had so many sweet elements to draw children (specifically, my child) in-- a long-necked sauropod dinosaur as the main character, a library visit, reading books, traveling through a busy city, vehicles and construction equipment galore! 

But, as a gentle parent & an abolitionist, I didn't love two elements of the book. First, when running through the city streets, the dinosaur is stopped by a squad of police officers. We often talk in our family about the realities of policing, and that many people do not feel safe interacting with the police. This part of the book, where the officers tell the dinosaur that he must "follow the rules of the road" and then let him go feels like copaganda to me. Secondly, after excitedly traveling through the city to attend library storytime with friends, he's stopped at the entrance by a grumpy library manager who won't let him enter because he's too "big and boisterous" and doesn't have a library card. Gatekeeping library storytime in a children's book feels icky to me. 

I know not all families with see these elements as problematic. Many will absolutely adore this book! After getting excited about the subject matter, though, it turns out it's just not the right book for our family.
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Super sweet book! The illustrations make it look like a book from back when i was a kiddo. Loves the story and the kids' love of reading woven throughout the story!
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I was excited to see a follow up book to Gus the Dinosaur Bus.  And Leilong the Library Bus is a pretty decent sequel. I love that the dinosaur wants to come to the library so badly.  Here's what I hate. Twice in the book he's kicked out of, or prevented from entering the library because he doesn't have a library card!  I'm a librarian. My colleagues and I are fighting to inform the public about the free activites available to them.  That a library card is free. That books are free. And here is an author that is telling kids they can't even enter the library without a card?  Ruined the whole story for me.
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I could spend hours meandering through the illustrations in this beautiful book. It’s a cute little story that is perfect for book and dinosaur lovers alike! A must own for a library!
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I love this book and especially the adorable, story-loving brontosaurus,  Leilong!  His friends are riding along on his back as he joins them for a special outing at the local library's story time.  He discovers that libraries have rules and one of them is you have to own your own  library card and you cannot be too HUGE to fit into their building.  Does Leilong qualify then for entry?  No, sadly enough, he doesn't. 

Undaunted Leilong remains outside and sticks his head in the window to hear the librarian read the story of "Little Red Riding Hood".  He gets so involved in the plot, along with other kids,  that he shouts responses as the librarian shares the book.  Leilong's shouts are so loud that the whole building goes into earthquake mode .... shaking... shaking...causing the books to crash off the shelves resulting in much chaos and destruction.  Oh my!  He is disciplined by being banished  forever from story time which brings him to tears.  Will it truly be forever or can the kids rally around their friend and cause the librarians to rethink his ostracism and reinstate him once again? 

The fun illustrations are wonderful.  They are full of detail and expression.  It's always a pleasure to support and celebrate books, librarians, libraries and story times.  I highly recommend "Leilong the Library Bus!"
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Our family enjoyed “Leilong the Library Bus.” With two kids that love dinosaurs, this one was sure to be a hit in our home. The storyline is simple to follow and the illustrations are wonderful! Some of the prose felt a little mechanical at times but the book was enjoyable and the concept was great.
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Sort of a cute picture book about a dinosaur who heads to the library. As a librarian, however, I did not care for the "rules are rules" said by the librarian, because that is not how most of us are.
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Simplistic story with limited sight words and not particularly compelling illustrations. Young dinosaur fans may enjoy this work, but I don't think it will become a favorite in classrooms or library read aloud circles.
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Leilong the brontosaurus is excited to join the kids for story time at the library, but the library has rules. Leilong is too big to fit in the library and he is too disruptive as he tries to fit in. The librarians are sticking to the rules until they see how all of the children try to embrace him. In the end, the librarians realize that arbitrary rules have no place at the library and that it is the library’s job to meet the needs of all.

Julia Liu’s Leilong the Library Bus is reminiscent of Clifford the Big Red Dog. As such, it is likely to appeal to preschool age children.
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I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
This book is adorable. The story is wonderful and the pictures are so cute!
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3.5/5
A cute children's picture book about a dinosaur that is too big to fit at the library, translated from the original Chinese. It sort of reminds me of Clifford the Big Red Dog. The story was sweet and I liked the busy art style, but I wish the ending was that the library accommodated Leilong instead of everyone leaving the library.

Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a children's book that my daughter and I read to my twin boys, and I have to say all of us really loved this book. This is a cute book that also has a library in it. I think this book will make kids want to go to the library. I love the dinosaur in this book, and I also love the dinosaur library. Great book with very cute pictures. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Gecko Press) or author (Julia Liu) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. This book is schedule to be release on August 3-2021.
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Leilong the Library Bus is a fun, imaginative story about a brontosaurus who wants to join story time at the library. He and his friends encounter obstacles along the way and find out Leilong is simply too large for the library. I really liked the illustrations and story, which reminded me of 60s picture books like Clifford or Harold and the Purple Crayon. 

Thank you Gecko Press and NetGalley for providing this ARC.
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Thanks to Gecko Press & NetGalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

An adorable picture book about a dinosaur who dreams about the library! The art style was gorgeous and so pretty, I really enjoyed looking at the sprawling city landscape drawn in the unique style.

I'd say the only weird thing was how the librarians were saying you needed a library card to enter the library. Pshawwww, not true! A nitpick on my part, though. 

An enjoyable story for anyone who loves dinosaurs & the library!
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Cute story with the rules of the library in it.. I also liked the use of the word boisterous in the story. Poor Leiland just wants to be part of library time and the experience, but he is too big.  They find a solution for him so he is able to participate.
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