Book Review: The Lost Library by Jess McGeachin

Published in Australia on the 1st September, 2020 by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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Australian RRP: $24.99

Genre: Children’s Picture Book, Adventure, Fantasy, Friendship Stories.

Page Count: 32

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Sypnosis from Penguin Books Australia

The Lost Library is a magical tale of friendship, the joy of reading and the power of the imagination.

When Oliver finds a lost library book in his new bedroom, he decides to return it. But how do you find a mysterious hidden library? With the help of a new friend, of course . . .

My Review:

I received a copy of The Lost Library from Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

The Lost Library is honestly the most sweet story! It’s completely endearing and altogether enchanting, filled with curiosity and a completely fun adventure, with a heartfelt friendship too!


It has a bookshelf dragon too!

I’ll tell you a fun little fact – at work this week we had Princes, Princesses and Dragons for Storytime – though I’d decided I’d bring The Lost Library as books set in Libraries are always exciting! However, as I was having a read of the book prior to the session and discovered that there’s a gorgeously sweet illustration of a dragon who may initially appear to be a bookshelf (seriously though, my 27 year old self was squealing so excitedly and I think all books set in Libraries or Bookstores need a bookshelf dragon, seriously!).

The Lost Library is also wonderfully bookish too, an adventure upon an adventure and I absolutely loved how much of a fun journey this was! The illustrations are completely picturesque and just are completely sweet! I love how the bookshelf dragon is a literal bookshelf dragon, with curious Oliver clambering over it in order to exit the titular lost Library, with Sophie lulling the dragon to sleep by reading it a story:

‘If there’s one thing everyone loves, its being read to.’

There’s something for everyone of all ages to appreciate within this beautiful book, honestly I recommend it not only for the little ones, but for Parents and Grandparents and Educators to all enjoy too!


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