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The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King

Cover image for The big book of superheroesThis is not a book about Superman, Spiderman, or the Hulk. This is a book about how YOU can be a superhero. What do superheroes need? Well, there are chapters about choosing a superhero name, discovering your superpower, finding a sidekick, dressing like a superhero, and more. Each section is sprinkled with hilarious comic panels, as well as fun facts and anecdotes about famous superheroes, from Thor to the Incredibles. You may particularly enjoy the “Superpower Activity” sections that instruct how to create costumes and props, hone your super skills, or perform a “Sidekick Test” on your friends. There is even a chart to help you pick your superhero name.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Cover image for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's libraryKyle is really not a fan of reading. He would rather play games whether their board games or video games. However, that changes when Kyle is selected along with 11 other kids to spend the night at the new library in their town. The library was built by Luigi Lemoncello, the creator of all the games Kyle likes and who also grew up in the same town. Mr. Lemoncello, though, is very eccentric and this library is anything but typical. With robots, holographs, and many other technological items, this library is fantastic. However, what Kyle and the rest of the kids don’t realize is that once you enter the library, it’s difficult to leave. You need to play Lemoncello’s game, find the clues, and then find your way out of the library. The first one to leave gets a prize. This book is a ton of fun to read and there is constantly stuff going on. Check it out and see if you can figure out the puzzle before you get to the end of the book and all is revealed.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved by Diane Lang

Cover image for Vulture verses : love poems for the unlovedThis poetry book starts out with a boy deciding to write friendship notes to all his friends, especially those who probably would never get a note like vultures, moles, snakes, etc.  Each page is a note written in poetic form to a forgotten, somewhat disliked, animal or insect.  Underneath each poem is a fact or two about how the animal actually helps us or explains their important role in our lives.  Who knows…you may want to write  a friendship note too!

 

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Cover image for Dory FantasmagoryIntroducing Dory, better known as Rascal. This six year old has an imagination like no other and it can drive her older brother and sister crazy. Luke and Violet think Dory acts like a baby and won’t play with her. To get her to shape up, they tell her a story about a pretend Mrs. Gobble Gracker coming to take her away unless she stops acting like a baby. However, their plan only kicks Dory’s imagination into overdrive.  Dory’s hilarious antics to escape capture by Mrs. Gobble Gracker include banana peels, a sleeping dart, one very special soup, and pretending to be a puppy, even at the doctor’s office.  Will Dory find a way to win her siblings attention in the end? Black and white drawings really bring Dory’s imagination to life in this excellent choice for new chapter book readers or family read-a-louds.

 

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth by Ian Lendler

Cover image for The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue presents MacbethMaybe you’ve heard of Shakespeare from plays like Romeo and Juliet–sappy–or Othello:  boring!  But I promise you, this Shakespeare play is not like anything you’ve ever read before.  The animals are putting on the play MacBeth at the zoo.  There will be yummy snacks–peanuts, bananas, and even earthworms.  You’ll want to make sure you get a good seat–not behind the giraffe (too tall) or next to the skunk (too smelly).  Then sit back and enjoy the laughs, the blood, and the drama.   Will the lion eat the king like his rubber ducky tells him to?  Will the lioness go crazy from doing all that bloody laundry.  Read The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents:  Macbeth to find out.

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head