Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: For Grades 2-4

E-book-The Bad Guys  by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys, by Aaron Blabey, is a story about an unexpected bond between some of the baddest animal guys on the face of the planet, a shark, a snake, a piranha, and their gang leader, a big bad wolf. Mr. Wolf wants this group to stop being known as the bad guys, and to turn their awful reputation around to be good unto others. For instance, like by rescuing animals instead of eating them. It’s a fun book to read, filled with silly jokes and and quirky dialog between these guys. It’s definitely a laugh out loud both bad guys and good.

Several books in The Bad Guys series are available on Overdrive or on the Libby app

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

E-Book & E-Audiobook – Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look   

Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist AttractionsAlvin’s family is going on vacation to China! That sounds great, but Alvin is terrified, no, not terrified, allergic to scary things like this. He’s pretty sure they will all be standing upside down, in the future, and who isn’t afraid of that? Since he has to go, he packs his Personal Disaster Kit and prepares for all the scary things he will run into. On his journey, Alvin will be naked and questioned at the airport, climb 28 flights of stairs many times, ride a cable car to the top of the Great Wall, and search for souvenir candy. It’s also Christmas, and Alvin decides to get a gift for a girl in an orphanage. But she wants a friend, and how do you give someone that? Alvin manages to figure it out, and maybe, just maybe, he will have fun along the way. This book will make you laugh out loud! I especially loved how Alvin refers to baby Claire, who he says is the size of a fish, as a different fish each time.  

The whole series is available as ebooks and  e-audio on Overdrive Digital Library.   

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian 

E-Book-Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist/ ¡Esquivel! Una Artista del Sonido de la Era Espacial by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist Book CoverJuan García Esquivel grew up in Mexico loving music. He started finding work as a musician when he was just 14 years old, playing piano on a radio station. Later, he made music for a comedy show on the radio, and it was there that he started to experiment with music and sound, making drums sound like a lumbering giant, clarinets like a dog, and having singers make sounds, not words. His music was different from what most people had heard before, sounding like something from outer space. This is a non-fiction story with fantastic illustrations, about a person you might not have heard of before. It’s also fun to listen to his music at the same time. Someone also made silly videos to go along with some of his music, which you can find on the book’s website.

Juan García Esquivel creció en México amando a la música. Empezó trabajando con música cuando solo tenía catorce años, tocando piano para una estación del radio. Después, hizo música para un programa de comedia en el radio. Allí es donde empezó a experimentar con música y sonido, haciendo que los tambores suenan como un hombre torpe, clarinetes como un perro, y tener cantantes haciendo sonidos en vez de palabras. Su música era diferente de lo que personas habían escuchado antes, que suena como algo de espacio. Este es un cuento de no-ficción con ilustraciones fantásticas, sobre un personaje que tal vez no conoces. Es divertido escuchar a la música a la misma vez. Alguien hizo videos chistosos que acompañan a su música, que puedes encontrar en la página del web del libro.

The e-book in Spanish is available on Hoopla, and in English on Libby Overdrive.

There are English and Spanish copies of this book. The call numbers are: KIT J 780.92 ESQUIVEL, J. or J SPANISH 780.92 ESQUIVEL, J.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian

E-Book – Goo Makers by Kelly Milner Halls 

Goo Makers Hoopla BookWho likes gooey slime, gummy candy, and foam that erupts like a volcano? Want to learn how to make these? This book is for you if you answered yes to any of that. This book has easy to follow recipes for your favorite goo and also shows you how to make even better by adding sparkles, magnetic pieces, and more. Check out this book or one of the others in the series to make a fun treat. 

This book is also available as an ebook on Hoopla. 

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian