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While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 




The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth - Ian Lendler, Zack Giallongo

Ian Lendler, the author of The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth posted on The Nerdy Book Club.  So I took a look at his book.


The concept is intriguing:  After the Stratford zoo closes for the day, the animals entertain themselves by staging the plays written by their famous neighbor Will (Will Shakespeare that is).


The artwork is stunning: Bold colors that will hold a child's attention and visual gags that match the story's arc.


The storyline is meh:  The revisions to the plot of Macbeth, cherry-picking "greatest hits" scenes to fit the length limitations and changing key aspects to make the material = "kid safe" end up make the story disjointed.  I almost feel like you need to already know Macbeth to follow the happenings, which won't help younger readers.