Staff Picks

Youth Services Librarian
The Three Billy Goats’ Stuff!
Hartman, Bob
Lion Children’s, 2009

In this clever retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, the troll is now frightening all the smaller creatures on the school playground, especially new students.  He takes their money, lunch, anything.  When a new, small, scared billy goat arrives, the troll leaps out at him and roars: “I’m big and I’m tough. I don’t want to get rough.  So reach in your pocket and give me your stuff!”  To the troll’s surprise, the goat doesn’t give him anything, but tells the troll his bigger brother will be along any minute. The next goat looks pretty much the same, only slightly bigger. The second goat also tells the troll no, and that his big brother will be along any minute.  Troll decides to wait again for the bigger brother.  When the third goat comes along, the troll jumps out and roars at him as well, but he is in for a big surprise!  It turns out the third goat is no regular goat, he is the new head teacher at the school. Fans of The Three Billy Goats Gruff are sure to enjoy this new twist on a classic story.


Youth Services Librarian
Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights
Beck, W.H
J 572.4358 BECK
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

Rockford Public Library has a wonderful collection of children’s nonfiction. One of the coolest new adds is the photo-book Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights. Glow features dozens of animals and plants that are bioluminescent. Bioluminescence occurs when animals and plants make their own light. Glow takes readers to the deepest part of the ocean, to the tallest mountains, and to the darkest caves to experience glowing creatures and plant-life.  Easy text, along with annotations at the bottom of each page to explain the glowing life forms, makes this a great book for a science-based story time or for one on one reading. Glow is ideal for kindergarten to early middle school-aged children.  


Librarian Assistant
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express
McDonald, Megan
Candlewick Press, 2008.

This is my first time reading a “Stink” book and I liked it!  Stink is a funny 3rd grader and the  younger brother of the “World Famous” Judy Moody. He has his own series of stories with real life (although extreme) situations like this one where a good deed of returning a couple of lost guinea pigs turns into an epic adventure. A long the way, I learned about the Great Wall of China, the age of the oldest guinea pig ever  and cool stuff about having a guinea pig as a pet. Stink has a problem. While rescuing 101 guinea pigs, one of them becomes his favorite. Since his sister has a cat his parents aren’t budging on any other pets joining the family. What happens to fuzzy Astro is a nice twist at the end of this easy chapter book.