Cover image for Lost in the library : a story of Patience & Fortitude / Josh Funk ; illustrated by Stevie Lewis.
Lost in the library : a story of Patience & Fortitude / Josh Funk ; illustrated by Stevie Lewis.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm
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Steadfast Fortitude and curious Patience are waiting every morning to greet visitors of the Library.That is until, one early morning, when Fortitude finds Patience is missing. The city is about to awake, and the lions absolutely must be in their places before the sun rises. Now, Fortitude must abandon his own post to find his best friend in the Library's labyrinthine halls.With clever rhyme and vibrant art, Lost in the Library introduces young readers to a pair of unforgettable lions, as well as the famed New York Public Library, and includes bonus material loaded with facts about Patience, Fortitude, and the NYPL's history.

Author Notes

Josh Funk is the author of several books including Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, and How to Code a Sandcastle. Although he is allergic to cats, Patience and Fortitude have fur made of marble and caused no problems in the writing of this book. joshfunkbooks.comStevie Lewis lives on the road, furthering her passion for climbing, art, and the outdoors. She gathers inspiration from a variety of places, be it climbing in the high desert in central Oregon, hiking in the wilderness of Alaska, or sharing laughs with fellow travelers around a campfire. After working for four years in animation, she now illustrates children's books and creates art based on her

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Patience and Fortitude, the iconic lion statues that reside in front of the New York Public Library, star in this rhyming hide-and-seek adventure. When Fortitude awakens around dawn one morning and discovers that his story-loving counterpart isn't on his plinth, he ventures for the first time into "the Library's grand labyrinth." His search takes him to many of the NYPL's most celebrated features-Astor Hall, the Rose Main Reading Room, and the children's center-with help from an assortment of library denizens. (A page at the end of the book offers further information about many of these sights.) The hunt becomes urgent as sunrise approaches, but the two lions eventually make it back to their usual posts, leaving Fortitude to reflect on the library's surprises. With a natural, if almost too consistent read-aloud rhythm and accurate, earth-toned illustrations by Lewis (Prince & Knight), this work by Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast) is an ode to books, friendship, and a New York institution. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Kathleen Rushall, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.