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Stella Louella's runaway book
Ernst, Lisa Campbell.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
As she tries to find the book that she must return to the library that day, Stella gathers a growing group of people who have all enjoyed reading the book.
Reading Level:
AD 640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 31557.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 2 Quiz: 17279 Guided reading level: M.
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Lancaster Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Marilla Free Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Work Room
West Seneca Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's Stella Louella's library due date, but aghast! She can't find the book anywhere. Almost everyone in town joins in on the frantic search, and the wild book chase begins. Full color.

Author Notes

Lisa Campbell Ernst was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1957. She received a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of Oklahoma, and then won an internship as a guest editor for Mademoiselle Magazine in New York City. She has written and illustrated over twenty picture books including Stella Louella's Runaway Book, which won the Children's Choice Award in Kansas, and Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Stella Louella has lost her library book, and the whole town joins in to find it. First, she goes to her brother, who read it--he liked the bears--and left it by the mailbox. The mailman mixed it up with the mail--he liked the part about going for a walk--and left it with another girl. The little girl with golden curls liked the girl in the book, but she passed it on to Officer Tim--he liked the part about the break-in. Soon a crowd of people are barreling into the library with Stella Louella. She must give the awful news of the missing book to the librarian, Mrs. Graham--who has found the book on the bench outside the library. Although Mrs. Graham is perfectly nice, the message that losing a book is a terrifying experience (and one that will personally disappoint librarians) may discourage the very kids librarians want as patrons. The best part of the book is Ernst's hurly-burly pictures that delightfully portray the ever-increasing crowd that follows Stella Louella on her search. Preschoolers will also like adding up the clues--both the visual and those in the text--that reveal the book as Goldilocks. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Stella Louella is on a mission to find her missing library book, and gathers all of its various readers in her search (her brother who left it by the mailbox, to the mailman who left it with a neighbor, etc.). "From the start of this cheerful cumulative tale, Ernst gives youngsters crowded spreads chock-a-block with amusing particulars," wrote PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-"On Saturday morning, Stella's library book disappeared, as if in a magic act." So begins this rollicking tale of visual clues and reader anticipation as a cavalcade of characters retrace their steps throughout town in order to locate the child's book. Clues to the name of the missing title are cleverly concealed in the dialogue and pictures, making this a great story for reading out loud. The search party eventually winds up at what appears to be a dead end-a bench at the corner of Tenth and Walnut. However, this happens to be right in front of the library, so Stella and crew walk inside to break the news to the librarian, whom, they discover, has the book. The day is saved. From the front cover of a library card and date-due slips to the fly papers of packed bookshelves to the borders of due-date labels framing each page, this book exudes the familiarities of readers and libraries. Ernst's homey illustrations, rendered in soft pastels and pencils, are in perfect unison with the lively tone of the story. Children will enjoy studying each page for clues and hidden jokes. Order two copies-one for reading out loud (try pairing it with Suzanne Williams's Library Lil [Bantam, 1993] for a fun literary duo) and one for constant checkout.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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