Pandemonium at the Library - song lyric
Behind a crowd of laughing children checking library books
there hid a little white mouse sneaking curious looks,
and after all the noisy people headed home for the night
that eager mouse began exploring in the quiet moonlight.
He found a dozen funny stories on the picture book shelf.
He thought it sure would be a shame to keep'em all to himself.
So he invited several friends and soon the gathering grew
from one investigative mouse into a raucous reading zoo.
It was pandemonium at the library.
The night the animals took over
for a storybook jamboree.
An avid aardvark with her schnozzle in a volume of Arthur
nearly knocked into a hippo hoarding George and Martha,
and a coiled-up anaconda made a Frog and Toad quake
each time he laughed at Jimmy's Boa or Herman the Snake.
While they were wrapped up reading Charlotte's Web these Three Little Pigs
espied a wolf behind Red Riding Hood and flipped their three wigs.
They made a bee line for the exit but they couldn't get through.
There was an elephant there perusing Horton Hears a Who.
A learned turtle skimming Yertle and the Tortoise and Hare
advised a Very Quiet Cricket on finding Times Square.
A bird and bat were making friends with Stellaluna to thank.
A poor Old Yeller hound was sniffin' round for Clifford and Hank.
A testy tiger prowling Jungle Book was growling the smile
right off a crocodile who kept on cracking up over Lyle
while some enormous Wild Thing holed up under the stairs
was reading Winnie the Pooh and the Berenstain Bears.
A prickly porcupine was playing a tune from Emit Otter
while the penguins marched like they read in Mr. Popper
and a monkey finished flipping through Caps For Sale
picked out a Curious George while keeping time with his tail.
A baby badger browsing Francis made up words to the song
and in a beat the whole menagerie was singing along.
With paws and claws and hooves drumming every surface at hand,
they made a sound that would astound the Happy Hedgehog Band.
Well they sang and danced to the rhythm and rhyme,
And they didn't slow a bit before the morning time.
That tidy turtle started stacking all the stories they'd read
into a heap of fiction higher than the elephant's head.
The new librarian who sauntered in to open at dawn
was sure surprised to see those crazy creatures carrying on.
There was a panic when they caught the stormy look in her eye.
They cleared their mess A.S.A.P. and gave a hasty goodbye.
But here's a secret - every Friday now at quarter to ten
she greets that herd of beastly readers for a party again.
'cause If You Give a Mouse a Cookie he'll desire milk indeed,
but what delight when you invite a Little Critter to read!
You get pandamonium at the library.
See'em dancing down the isles
A rock 'n' roll 'n' readin' stampede.
Pandamonium at the library.
When the animals take over
with so many great books to read.