Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game

Mr. Lemoncello's Library


Author: Chris Grabenstein


Go back to the START in this show-stopping prequel! 

Long before he was a world famous creator of beloved board games and thrilling puzzles, Luigi Lemoncello was just a boy: a boy struggling to find his place in the world. 

But one fateful summer, Luigi gets the CHANCE OF A LIFETIME — the opportunity to work for the world famous Professor Marvelmous  a dazzling, banana-hat-wearing barker who puts the SHOW in SHOWMAN! When the carnival closes, Professor Marvelmous leaves behind a mysterious puzzle box  along with a clue. A clue that will lead Luigi and his friends on a fantastical treasure hunt to a prize beyond anything they could imagine — if they can find it!

Can Luigi crack the codes and unlock the box’s secrets? Will there be puzzles? Of course! Balloons? You bet! Will it be fun? Hello! It’s a Lemon-cello! BONUS! Can YOU crack the hidden puzzle inside?!

Discover the origins of what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world” in this PREQUEL to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

* “A worthy successor to…Willy Wonka.” —Booklist, starred review of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library



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