Book Review: Ronan The Librarian

By Tara Luebbe & Becky Cattie; Illustrated by Victoria Maderna

By Amanda Elshahawi, Creator, Enchanted Literacy May 10, 2022

Recommended Ages 3-7 years

Ronan, a mighty barbarian who invaded, raided and traded until one day he discovered something new- books. This silly adventure story will captivate all book lovers. Highlighting the value of reading over hoards of gold. With fun illustrations and scenes reminiscent of the animated movie How To Train Your Dragon. Amazed by his own growing love for reading, Ronan tries to share his new passion with his town by building a library. A failure at first, he decides he needs to conquer his own village and will do so with a story.

This book could be the perfect tool to help win over little ones who haven’t realized how adventurous reading can be. Each page is covered in color and detail that would help catch a child’s attention, just like it did for our story's hero. I particularly like a scene where Ronan is leading a vessel that is carrying a pyramid of books. With his nose stuffed in the pages, he is unaware of a giant sea monster, who looks just as confused about the barbarian’s actions. For other ways to help get your kids interested in books check out your local NYPL for upcoming free events and activities. You can find them here

Amanda is a preschool teacher, mother and avid Central Park picnicker. She values community and is an advocate for families in the foster care system. One day she hopes to publish a children's book of her own. In the meantime, you can follow her Instagram, Enchanted Literacy, which encourages imagination and passion for reading.