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In Debbie Redpath Ohi’s Where are my Books, a young librarian-in-training is out to restore order. Spencer loves his books. Every night after storytime, he returns his favourite one to its proper spot on his bookshelf.   One evening, the unthinkable happens–his book goes missing. He searches high and low, but to no avail. More treasured books also disappear, with tulip bulbs, nuts and bolts curiously left in their place. Spencer solves the mystery of the purloined picture books by setting a bookish trap. Following a yellow-yarned trail, he discovers a burrow of book-loving squirrels. Sensing kindred spirits, he altruistically sets up a lending library, complete with borrowing rules and impromptu read aloud sessions.

Ohi’s bright and cheery digital illustrations showcase Spencer’s passions, from his narwhal-patterned red pajamas, to his alphabet bed spread. His bookshelf is packed full of funny, imaginary classics, such as Send in the Clown Fish. The full-page spreads extend the droll humour in the text; for instance, when Spencer rashly blames his baby sister for his troubles, he has to attend a stuffed animal tea party to make amends.

Young bibliophiles will undoubtedly feel Spencer’s pain at his missing tomes and chime in with his plaintive cries of “WHERE IS MY BOOK?” Keep several copies of this book on hand…just in case.

  • Where Are My Books?

    By Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Published by Simon and Schuster Canada
    • ISBN 13: 978-1-4424-6741-5
Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.