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Buddy is in the school library and kids are taking turns reading with him. While Buddy listens to a ghost story, he hears rustling in the shelves behind him. He turns to look, but doesn't see anyone back there. He hears a book fall. Something smells strange. Not human...not canine, not like anything Buddy has ever smelled before. Could it maybe be the school ghost Buddy haBuddy is in the school library and kids are taking turns reading with him. While Buddy listens to a ghost story, he hears rustling in the shelves behind him. He turns to look, but doesn't see anyone back there. He hears a book fall. Something smells strange. Not human...not canine, not like anything Buddy has ever smelled before. Could it maybe be the school ghost Buddy has heard so much about? When the child he's sitting with leaves, Buddy goes over to the shelves to investigate...and comes face to face with a mysterious creature that has a long, blue tongue....

Title : The Case of the Library Monster
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ISBN : 9780807509142
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 134 Pages
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The Case of the Library Monster Reviews

  • kristen
    2019-03-02 22:30

    Really good read aloud with my 2nd grade class. Buddy was an especially beloved character because our school counselor has a therapy dog that they can't get enough of. They totally related to Buddy.

  • Carole
    2019-03-16 19:41

    Buddy the therapy dog helps children who have difficulty reading by having them read to him. On the side he is an amateur detective. This time he thinks there is a ghost in the school so he investigates, with surprising results.

  • Sarah Rubin
    2019-03-15 02:31

    My 5yo son has lived the Buddy Files. Great entry into mysteries and chapter books. Plain fun for me too!

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-03-06 00:27

    The Case of the Library Monster is Book 5 in a chapter book series called The Buddy Files. Buddy is a therapy dog in an elementary school, and one of his jobs is to visit the library so kids can read to him. One morning, while he's listening to a student, he becomes distracted by an unfamiliar creature hiding in the stacks. After a reptile expert visits the school and one of the kids reads him a book about reptiles, Buddy comes to learn that the creature is actually a blue-tongued skink. But this information only leads to more questions. What is the skink doing in the school? Why is the key to the furnace room missing? What happened to the mice the reptile expert lost on his visit? Buddy is desperate to do some detective work, but it's not easy solving crime from the end of a leash, or from his pillow in Mom's office.Many things impressed me about this book. I was really glad to realize that, while Buddy is able to communicate with other dogs, he is not a talking animal, and humans cannot understand him. This creates an inherent conflict in Buddy's stories, and an obstacle he must always work to overcome. If the humans can't understand him, they don't know when there's a case to crack, and can step in again and again to thwart his progress. I think kids are also really intrigued by the differences between animals and humans, and it's nice to see a book willing to consider the imaginative possibilities of those differences without giving the dog the ability to speak. The scenes where Buddy talks to his friend, Mouse in dog-speak, are also really entertaining. I love that Mouse is "just so big that when he talks, it sounds like yelling." That is exactly how big dogs sound!Another thing I thought was great was the fact that this book essentially serves as an introduction to the mystery genre. As readers become more experienced, they become able to recognize the questions in a story without help. Mystery readers know what to expect from their favorite whodunits, and can usually recognize clues and suspects when they appear. New readers, though, are decoding these ideas for the first time, and Buddy's "notes" throughout the story help them keep the clues and information pertaining to the case organized in their minds. As the solution to the mystery draws nearer, kids might even find themselves solving the mystery a step or two ahead of Buddy, which builds their confidence as readers and detectives.This book takes an ordinary setting, the school and the school library, and creates an exciting adventure within those boundaries. Kids will recognize their own schools and the teachers and other people who staff them, and they will enjoy seeing how a dog can figure into the school day. This was my first experience reading a book in this series, and I'm glad the Cybils process brought it to my attention. I enjoyed the story, and I think the book is perfect for readers easing into the world of chapter books.

  • Beverly
    2019-02-23 21:53

    The Buddy Files: The Case of the Library Monster by Dori Hillestad ButlerOne of Buddy's jobs as a therapy dog is to read books with the kids in the school library. One day he hears a noise in the bookshelves. He tries to get closer and comes face to face wtih a creature that has a blue tongue! What is it? And how did it get in the school?This is the 5th book in The Buddy Files series. I have not read the other books, yet. I checked this one out because it's a library mystery.What I liked about this book: I like the way the book is told from Buddy's point of view, but he's not a talking dog. He doesn't speak human. Being a big mystery fan, I like that Buddy is "on the case" trying to solve a mystery. Readers get to share Buddy's thought process as he tries to solve the mystery. It is very similar to KWL (what we Know, what we Want to know, and what we Learned). Buddy is a very likable character. Young readers will take to him instantly. This is a great series for students who like mysteries, dogs and enjoy stories in a school setting.What I didn't like about the book: I loved the whole book, but I could feel Buddy's frustration as he tried to communicate with the adults. It was very frustrating that they kept ignoring his attempts to tell them something. I think the author meant for the reader to feel that frustration.I really enjoyed this book and have already requested from the public library the other four books in the series. I have also added it to my wish list for the Endeavour library.Recommended for 1st grade and 2nd grades as a classroom read a-loud, and for independent reading for 3rd grade and up.AR Level: 3.1Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!

  • SeriouslyJerome
    2019-03-14 23:45

    Sully's first formulaic mystery novel. It follows the usual pattern of the sleuth gathering information to solve a mystery. In this case, the sleuth is a dog, Buddy, who is limited by his dog-ness, & tension is created in his inability to access information from humans, or move about freely. Sully found the dog's accounting of time to be amusing, as well as his need to sniff everything. For me, it was fun to guide Sully through the dispensation of information, & to make note of things said or done that might contribute to solving the mystery. Sully rated it very high, & we've checked out another "Buddy Files" mystery from the library.

  • Michele Knott
    2019-03-24 01:25

    Feb. 2012 Book Fair selectionI love The Buddy Files series! All of these books are told in Buddy's voice - and Buddy is a dog! He likes to spell certain words, he certainly can't count or say double digit numbers correctly and he's easily distracted by food - especially since every food is his favorite!In this book, Buddy is now a Therapy Dog at school where the kids get to practice reading to him. But he has a mystery to solve, there's a monster (also known as a blue-tongued skink) in the library! It's up to Buddy to find out what the skink is doing in the library, but first he has to find him! Buddy fans will enjoy the latest installment in the series.

  • Lorraine Der
    2019-03-23 03:28

    Library Catalog Buddy is a detective who happens to be a dog. In this book, Buddy is trying to figure out if the school has a ghost, as strange things start occurring in the school’s library, where Buddy serves as a therapy dog. Buddy is on the case! (Spoiler alert--it turns out to be a blue-tongued skink that is responsible for the unusual occurrences.) There are six in the series so far.

  • J.D. Holman
    2019-03-23 00:29

    On the one hand, this book probably has great appeal for kids, since it's told from the dog's point of view. On the other hand, it's a rather annoying voice, and I feel sympathy for parents that read this to their young ones. Imagine Doug from the movie "Up" narrating an entire story.Review available at

  • Ricki
    2019-02-22 00:25

    The entire series is a wonderful read for kids in early elementary school. Love the dog Buddy talking to everyone through his thoughts. It is multi generational and multicultural. These are excellent books, especially this one, for folks with therapy dogs in R.E.A.D. programs at libraries and schools. Excellent choice!!! I have the entire series and would buy any others written. Illustrations very good too. Love the language and thought process developed for children to learn from.

  • Charlie
    2019-03-14 19:30

    So far, I have only read this book out of the series. Its a wonderful book to read. It is also funny when Buddy says, "Elventy-Two minutes." Its a fake word, but that's what makes it funny. Buddy goes on a mission to find the library monster at the Four Lakes Elementary School. He finds out that it Maya's pet. But I forget what it is called. After reading this, it convinced me to read the other books. I am looking forward to reading them so I will look at some other reviews.

  • Alysha DeShaé
    2019-02-23 01:31

    I quite liked how the author managed to bring other critters into the story, for a change. Typically, we only see other dogs or Cat with No Name. In this book, though, we meet a monster! Really a reptile with an interesting backstory. And while Buddy eventually solves the case, the humans are still in the dark about a lot of the details. :-D

  • Colleen Vincent
    2019-02-20 20:45

    The storyline sounded fun and inviting. This is a mystery genre chapter book written for transitional readers-probably 4th to 6th grade. The main character is Buddy who is both alarmed and intrigued by some special visitors at his library. I only got through the second chapter since the story dragged and my daughter got bored. She's 10 and in 4th grade.

  • Children's Literature Project
    2019-03-03 19:29

    Lexile Measure 460L. Buddy the dog detects a strange blue-tongued monster in the library at Four Lakes Elementary School. Buddy searches through the school to discover what this monster is. He ends up solving more than one mystery. This book will teach children some characteristics of reptiles. It is great for 2nd grade and teaching about reptiles.

  • Sydney
    2019-03-06 03:41

    there's a lizard in the library and he stays with his owner there. he's trying to find the monster in the library which is really the lizard. they catch the escaped lizard and then nobody is afraid of the library anymore.

  • Lisa Yi
    2019-03-20 02:24

    We read this story out loud chapter by chapter to my 1st graders, and the were all for it! We used this story to introduce writing mystery stories and students created their own mystery stories. A great, interesting story for students!

  • JQ
    2019-03-06 20:48

    I thought this book was so stupid. It started plots and didn't end them. But my son laughed all the way though it and it was easy to read out loud. He mostly liked it because the dog had so many favorite foods. Such a stupid book.

  • Amy
    2019-02-24 01:49

    I've been reading books from this series with my 7yr old. She loves them and the way they "keep her guessing". I find them predictable of course but I love reading with her and I love that she enjoys them.

  • Ron
    2019-02-27 00:39

    This is a chapter book for about a 3rd grader. It is part of a series. This is the only one that I've read. It is told from the perspective of a dog who is at a school. The story is cute and the book isn't too long (134 pages).

  • Kevin
    2019-03-20 19:40

    This book was a huge it with the class. They did not want me to stop reading. That definitely deserves five stars. It was also a really good book.

  • Molly
    2019-03-19 19:25

    I love this dog, love this series for kids.

  • Kristi
    2019-03-10 01:50

    Fun book- would be a great read aloud! It is a series book.

  • Gail
    2019-03-09 02:34

    The kiddos are still enjoying this cute series.

  • Carol Wilcox
    2019-03-16 23:38

    Clever dog detective story for beginning chapter book readers

  • Carterkempgmail.Com
    2019-02-24 01:39

    This easy reader had some flaws but was not without charm.

  • Liah Jones
    2019-03-01 19:31

    I liked Buddy the dog.

  • Taja
    2019-02-20 19:38

    Love the way the story is told in the dog's view point. Will use for the first and second grade book club.

  • Ms. D. Reads
    2019-03-05 21:39

    I wish I had Buddy in the Glen Grove library! He could listen to kids read, check out noises, and solve mysteries!

  • Seikaiha
    2019-03-19 19:33

    I enjoyed this volume. It's itself an enjoyable story, enought to give me an imulse to read the next. But, for me, unfortunately, this one is better than the next one.

  • Payton
    2019-03-09 20:25

    How come the school lets pets go around the school?