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Ronan the Librarian

Written by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie & illustrated by Victoria Maderna
Published by Roaring Brook Press
5.15 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.6 / 5.0
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“This original and humorous Viking tale is quirky, engaging and entirely entertaining, masterfully capturing the pull of a good story in more ways than one.”

Ronan is a fierce barbarian and “a leader of his people,” with a reputation for always having the best trading goods following a raid . . . until he finds himself with books (which are deemed worthless!) instead of the usual plunder. Upon beginning to read part of his treasure, however, he finds himself hooked! Unable to concentrate on his usual raiding activities, Ronan devours book after book, finally building a library to save himself from being overpowered by his growing collection, even though he has yet to convince the other barbarians how enjoyable reading is. An Odin read-aloud gives the barbarians a taste for reading, however, and they feel the irresistible pull of a good story that ends the story on a humorous and feel-good note. The transformation of both Ronan and his barbarian friends from raiders to raiders and readers is convincing and parallels the experience young readers can relate to in the moment they find the right book and recognize the joy of reading, effectively capturing the intense desire to know the end of a story. The viking setting is original, and the quirky humor in both text and illustrations (and particularly the two in concert as Ronan repeatedly “invaded and raided and read”) makes this a lighthearted and enjoyable rather than sermonizing book about reading.

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Publisher Summary

This humorous picture book from sister duo Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie and illustrator Victoria Maderna follows Ronan the Barbarian as he he grows from being just a rough-and-tumble warrior to Ronan the Librarian–a rough-and-tumble warrior who loves books.

Ronan was a mighty barbarian. He invaded. He raided. And back home, he traded. He always found the greatest treasures. Until one day, Ronan found something no barbarian wants: A BOOK.

At first, his fellow barbarians are skeptical of his newfound passion for reading, but in the end, even they aren’t immune to the charms of a good book.

What Kind of Book is Ronan the Librarian

Quotes from This Book

  • “ ‘Uff da! What am I going to do with this useless thing?’ . . . Then a picture caught his eye. Ronan read the first sentence. Then a paragraph. Then a page. Before he knew it, he had devoured an entire chapter.”
  • “The fierce raider became a fierce reader, and soon his massive collection threatened to devour him.”

Where Does This Book Stand Out

Encourages Reading

The “Encourages Reading” badge is awarded to books that exceptionally showcase the joy and power of reading.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Ronan doesn’t think he likes reading until he actually gives it a chance, then it turns out he loves it! Why doesn’t he think he’ll like it? Are there things you don’t think you like that you’ve never tried?

  • Ronan builds a library in his community. Do you have a library in your community? Consider taking a trip to the library and experiencing the excitement Ronan enjoys there!

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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.25 / 7.0
Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.25 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.0 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.25 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Ronan the Librarian

Tara Luebbe

TARA LUEBBE was a child star raised by paparazzi parents who recorded her every move. Tara went on to own a children’s bookstore and found her true calling as a writer. She lives in South Carolina, with her husband and three famous boys.

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Becky Cattie

Becky Cattie was a child star raised by paparazzi parents who recorded her every move. Becky got a taste of Hollywood casting for reality TV shows, including America’s Got Talent and Extreme Makeover. She lives in Chicago.

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Who Illustrated Ronan the Librarian

Victoria Maderna

Victoria Maderna is an Argentinian illustrator working mainly in children’s publishing and fantasy tabletop games. She owns far too many books and is fond of bushy beards, but she strongly prefers sharp pencils to sharp axes. Victoria lives in Spain with her bushy-bearded husband.

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Tara Luebbe's Book Dedication

To mighty librarians and fierce booksellers everywhere

Becky Cattie's Book Dedication

To mighty librarians and fierce booksellers everywhere

Victoria Maderna's Book Dedication

To Federico, for inspiring me every day

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Publication Date:
April 21, 2020

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