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Marcus Makes a Movie

Last updated Sunday, August 7, 2022

Author: Kevin Hart and Geoff Rodkey
Illustrator: David Cooper
Date of Publication: 2021
ISBN: 0593179145
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2022

Synopsis: Marcus is NOT happy to be stuck in after-school film class . . . until he realizes he can turn the story of the cartoon superhero he's been drawing for years into an actual MOVIE! There's just one problem: he has no idea what he's doing. So he'll need help, from his friends, his teachers, Sierra, the strong-willed classmate with creative dreams of her own, even Tyrell, the local bully who'd be a perfect movie villain if he weren't too terrifying to talk to.

Making this movie won't be easy. But as Marcus discovers, nothing great ever is - and if you want your dream to come true, you've got to put in the hustle to make it happen.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Why do you think Marcus makes a movie?
•  What do you think Marcus' movie is going to be about?


•  Snick - To cut, snip, or snip.
•  Spears - A weapon with a long wooden shaft and a sharp pointed tip.
•  Gangly - Tall, slender, and awkward.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you want to act or write your own movie?
•  If you wrote your own movie, what would the movie be about?
•  What do you think Sierra's motives are for helping Marcus with his script?

Craft ideas:
•  The children could create their own superhero outfit.
•  The children could draw Toothpick on the Whiteboard on Zoom.

Special activities:
•  The children could talk about what part they would to play in the movie such as being an actor, director, wardrobe person, etc

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!