The latest installment in Scholastic’s Storybook Treasures series is another enjoyable collection of stories for kids and kids at heart. The new fourth volume offers kids and parents twelve more short stories with loads of educational lessons and morals. The new triple disc set opens with its best story, Robot Zot. It’s just one of the many fun stories included in this set. Audiences will also enjoy the entertaining and important story, Too Many Toys. The set’s final disc provides parents and kids alike with a story that provides a very important message without being too preachy. While it provides an important message, it also entertains just like the set’ other stories. And a big reason for the entertainment isn’t so much just the story, but also the animation style, just as with the set’s other stories. Together, they make for one more collection that any parent and child will love watching together any time.
The very first of the stories presented in the new Storybook Treasures is the fun rhyming story, Robot Zot. Writer/illustrator David Shannon discusses the story in the interview included on disc one. Parents will appreciate this story more in watching his interview. He explains how he grew up a fan of classic sci-fi, and that that had an obvious influence on his enjoyment in helping bring this story to life both on the page and in screen. Kids on the other hand will enjoy simply hearing it read aloud and watching the story’s illustrations as the story moves along. Both parents and kids will enjoy seeing Robot Zot turn from wanna-be planet conqueror to hero. The lesson about bravery and the original hand drawn animation style adds even more to the overall enjoyment of this story. It comes together to understandably make for one of the best shorts of this new set.
David Shannon’s work on Robot Zot does a lot to make that story so fun. He also provided much of the material for another of the set’s fun shorts. The short in question is from another of Shannon’s books, titled, Too Many Toys. Too Many Toys is an original story about a little boy named Spencer who has too many toys. So his mom tells him that she’s going to start getting rid of them. Shannon explains in the interview included with this story about how it was influenced by real life events on his part and to which any parent could relate. What he has to say will have any parent laughing and agreeing with him. Both parents and kids will enjoy the actual story. Parents will appreciate the reality of the story and its original animation. Kids will love it for the narration by Jerry Trainor (iCarly, Drake & Josh). Of course it’s total “coincidence” that Trainor also played a character named Spencer in iCarly. The end result will have both kids and their parents laughing, making for yet another enjoyable story from this new set.
Scholastic’s new Storybook Treasures collection offers viewers loads of laughs with its stories. It also provides a very important lesson in one of its stories. That story is Curious Garden, written by Peter Brown. Just as with the previous stories, this one also includes an interview with its author. Brown explains that his story actually came from a real life experience much like what is presented in the story. Even more interesting is the irony of how the buildings in the story ended up with so much greenery. This is an oft discussed topic in the business world because of its supposed ability to lower heating and cooling costs. Brown notes in his interview that his view was the show how much better a community was with gardens everywhere. There was no mention of economics. But it is there. For that subtlety and for the generally positive story about leading by example, Curious Garden proves to be one more impressive inclusion in Scholastic’s newest Storybook Collection. Scholastic’s Storybook Treasures: My First Collection Volume Four is available now. It can be ordered online at http://www.newkideo.com/scholastic/my-first-scholastic-storybook-treasures-vol-4-featuring-robot-zot/.
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