The Lonely Book

  • Title: The Lonely Book
  • Author: Kate Bernheimer Chris Sheban
  • ISBN: 9780375962264
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Lonely Book When a wonderful new book arrives at the library at first it is loved by all checked out constantly and rarely spends a night on the library shelf But over time it grows old and worn and the child
    When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story The book is sent to the library s basement where the other faded books live How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl s booksWhen a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story The book is sent to the library s basement where the other faded books live How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl s bookshelf and in her heart makes for an unforgettable story sure to enchant anyone who has ever cherished a book Kate Bernheimer and Chris Sheban have teamed up to create a picture book that promises to be loved every bit as much as the lonely book itself.

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    About Kate Bernheimer Chris Sheban


    1. Kate Bernheimer is the author of three novels and the story collection Horse, Flower, Bird, as well as children s books Among other books, she edited the World Fantasy Award winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me Forty New Fairy Tales and the forthcoming xo Orpheus 50 New Myths.


    551 Comments


    1. I wish more librarians and volunteers would read this and know that some of us do still treasure the old, old-fashioned, torn & scuffed books even if they're missing the last page! *Please,* if you must cull, at least offer them at a special sale & (ideally) announce it in your newsletter!

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    2. I have mixed feelings about this book. As I read it today, I loved it. I love old books, and books in general.But, (view spoiler)[ although there is a happy ending,(hide spoiler)] there is a deep melancholy feel to this book.Also, the story could be particularly emotionally difficult for children who are that the developmental stage of believing their beloved inanimate objects have sentience and feelings. The lonely book does suffer quite a bit. I’d have been quite perturbed and sad if I’d h [...]

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    3. I love the way my three-year-old picks books at the library. She runs at a break-neck pace, pulling anything that looks interesting or has substance (and by "substance" I don't mean it in the metaphorical way, I mean in the "it has mass and can be picked up" sort of way) off shelves and plopping them in the basket below the stroller. I rarely even see what the titles are before we get home. Limiting her to ten books or less is often impossible.Many of these "choices" result in myself being requi [...]

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    4. Wow, wow, wow! Think Corduroy, but about a book. The library book is popular at first, but over time becomes worn and spends more time on the shelf than in the hands of a child. Then, one special little girl finds the library book and falls in love with it and treasures it until a new book catches her interest and she forgets to renew the library book and can no longer find it on the shelves of the library. The girl and the book reunite at the book sale and the happily ever after begins. This st [...]

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    5. The magic of imagination and love of reading is captured here in Kate Bernheimer’s The Lonely Book with such warmth, light, and love. A treat for readers of all ages to experience.I believe books find us in life. When we need them, words and stories find a way to our hearts. Over the years, books have crossed my path with just the right magical mix of words, fun filled adventure, or soul soothing message just when I craved a laugh, distraction, or helping hand. Pure reading kismet!This tale ho [...]

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    6. This is a melancholy story of a forgotten library book, but is so touching, too. I love how the little girl, Alice, grows to love the book despite its imperfections, possibly because of its imperfections. This illustrtions are wonderful and have subtle shading, with an almost pointilistic feel. The story just seems magical and has a heartwarming ending. We really enjoyed reading this story together.

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    7. I love books, I truly do, but I can't imagine a child enjoying this one. It reads like an older adult's nostalgic view of classic books. And really, "a hardworking library volunteer?!?" I do not dispute that library volunteers work very, very hard, but using that clunky language in a children's book? So the volunteers are the ones to blame for the book being mislaid? Not a favorite.

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    8. Cute book but not one I think kids will read many times. This is one for adults about having favorite books that become loved and apart of our lives. I am not sentimental enough to think I would have kept a book on the shelf past its prime time. Guess I am too much of a realist.

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    9. sweet, heart-warming story

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    10. It is a very sweet story about a book and how it found its way into the heart of many children especially one little girl. Very cute and well worth the read.

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    11. I will admit that I teared up while reading this book. When I was a little girl, I often wondered what happened to the books in the library. This story answers that question.A book is sitting on the shelf, and it is well-loved by all of the kids. However, it eventually falls from popularity. A little girl picks up the book and immediately falls in love with it. As is the case with library books, she has to return it.The book ends up in the library's basement, dreaming of the little girl who love [...]

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    12. I love this book! It actually brought a tear to my eye! Probably from a sentimental adult point of view because I've recently been going through my personal books I owned as a child. They're well-loved and as I pick each and every one up I can remember the delight I had reading them as a child. This story of the life of a library book touches that part of me and as a professional librarian who takes delight in weeding I began to think sadly about all those books I've removed from the shelves ove [...]

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    13. When browsing the shelves at the library or a bookstore, when I was little and now as an adult, I sometimes wonder, what some of the books are like, having heard of them or haven't heard of them. And of course if they've been checked out or read or bought. With this book, it got me thinking about that while reading. Plus there's just something about walking and looking at the spines and reading the different titles and authors that you probably heard or not heard of and wonder if their books are [...]

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    14. I'm so glad that my friend, Alyson Beecher, introduced me to this little gem about a girl named Alice who "adopts" a lonely book. When they part ways--as often happens with our books sometimes--she goes to try to find it again.I guess this story resonates with me because I spent some time last year trying to identify a book from my own childhood. With some searching, I was able to find the very edition I had as a nine-year-old living in n. Michigan.Librarians especially will love this little boo [...]

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    15. This beautifully written picture book is perfect for all book lovers. The story is written from the point of view of a beloved children's book. When it was brand new, it was placed in the front of the library with other new books. It was very popular and many children checked it out. As time went on, the book became old and worn and fewer kids even looked at it. Then a little girl came and fell in love with it. But once the book becomes separated from her, it seems as if it'll never find love ag [...]

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    16. This is the book for all my coworkers who do not want to get rid of that last tattered copy of that book they loved when they were a child, because it keeps checking out--even though it is missing a whole page and the pages are torn, and it may have been out in the rain, or under a chair. Well this book has a happily ever after for them--sadly if I was that librarian I probably would have discarded the book with the missing page when the page first was torn out.

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    17. Every adult who grew up with a favored book will love this sweet story because they will relate to the concept of an old book as an old treasured friend. I'm not sure what the picture book audience will think of it, though. The crowd that is reading picture books seems too young to relate to the story. But, picture books do seem to have a large and varied audience, so hopefully this one will find a home. Just like "The Lonely Book".

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    18. Bernheimer has written the ultimate "good fit" book tale. If it is all about relationships, she captures a great story about a lasting relationship between a book and a young girl that ebbs and flos (a little like the Velveteen Rabbit and Edward Tulane). Reading teachers should have it on their shelves. The illustrations are by Sheban who did the cover for Because of Winn Dixie.

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    19. This is a fantastic picture book that tells a little girl named Alice who has instantly falled in love with a left forgotten book in the library. The book was once a very popular and was always been held at the supreme spot in the library. The book stresses that a good book can be treasured and read over and over again when a connection has been built in between the book and the reader.

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    20. I felt sad for the lonely book, but the story had a happy ending, just like in the book. I feel thankful that the lonely book wasn't rendered with eyes or a mouth to show emotion, rather, the illustrations portrayed the loneliness in setting and color.

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    21. A very cute and sentimental story about the girl who finds and enjoys the lonely book. Several different lessons can be learned from this story, but hard to make a connection. Illustrations are beautiful, very heart-warming.

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    22. I just balled reading this book at the reference desk.d my eyes outI really want to read it for storytime but I'm afraid I couldn't get through it, seriously, I will cry during storytime. I'm so reading it at storytime :)

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    23. A picture book that will appeal more to the adult reader than a child! It is rather long, but did bring back some memories of that favorite book from childhood.rt your favorite title here!

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    24. Oozing with excessive sentimentality but hard for a librarian and bibliophile to dislike this story.

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    25. Such a wonderful gem of a book. The story, the artwork all roll into a lovely story.

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    26. This reminds me ofThe Velveteen Rabbit.It's about a library book that is initially quite popular and then over time is checked out less and less often. But, one girl finds it and it becomes her favorite. She eventually buys it at a library sale.

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    27. One of the best picture books I have read. Enchanting story with delightful illustrations. If you are an avid reader, and were so as a child, then you may relate to that one special book in the library that you always borrowed.

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    28. Did you every think that your books and toys had real human emotions - I did. I used to be afraid if I neglected a toy it would feel sad and lonely. This book reinforces those feelings. The illustrations are beautiful, the story is well told but never heavy handed.

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    29. A new book is slowly replaced with others but one girl, Alice, loves it and eventually rescues it from the book sale.

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    30. Makes me feel bad about all the weeding I've been doing but only slightly.

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