Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: For Grades 2-4

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

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Cover image for The book with no picturesThis book really does not have a single picture in it! A gimmick? Maybe. But the concept is executed so well. Quite often we are drawn to books because of the pictures or the cover. What’s amazing about this book is that it proves that words have their own power. And that words in the right combination can be hilarious!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Cover image for The day the crayons quitThis book is adorable.  Duncan goes to get his crayons out at school one day and finds a stack of letters.  Each one is written by a different color crayon. Each has his reasons for needing a break.  Red feels over used because of holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Gray doesn’t like to have to be used for such big animals like elephants and hippos. Black doesn’t like being use for outlining things while the other colors are used to fill in. Of course there is drama as well. Yellow and Orange crayons are arguing about who should be the color of the sun and are no longer speaking to each other. I love how Duncan makes all the crayons happy in the end.

 

How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores

Cover image for How to build a tornado in a bottleCalling all scientists!  Do you like to build things and learn how they work?  This series is for you!  The Hands-On Science Fun series includes titles about making slime, fizzy rockets, mystery smell balloons and….TORNADOs in a bottle!

In How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores, 1st and 2nd graders are given clear directions on how to create their own tornado using little more than plastic bottles, tape and colored water.  You will also learn how a real tornado happens!  Great pictures and simple directions make this a fun book and an enjoyable series.

Book reviewed by Carol C.., Elementary School Liaison