MADreads for Kids

A review of Bats in the Band by Brian Lies

Waking after a long winter,The bats are hungry, but not for dinner.It’s music they need; a dance, a songSomething to play and enjoy all night long.With offbeat characters and rhymes,These bats have the best of times.Playing and singing galore,Country, blues, quartet and more.Read this book just onceAnd you’ll get the gist,No matter your taste,It’s a book not to be missed. ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
September 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

A sweet story about a girl and her friend – who just happens to be a butternut squash! Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013) is a fun read aloud with simple and humorous illustrations. I loved watching Sophie tuck Bernice (the squash) in at night and bring her to story time at the library. “Well, we did hope she’d love vegetables,” her parents concede. However, they still try to convince her to exchange the squash for another toy. A truck? ( ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Phoebe and Digger by Tricia Springstubb

While Mama is busy taking care of the new baby, Phoebe is busy playing with her Digger. Digger is much more exciting to Phoebe than the new baby, and Digger keeps her occupied while Mama's hands are tied. But what will happen when a bully grabs Digger away from Phoebe at the park? Will she get Digger back? With fantastic illustrations with a retro feel, Phoebe and Digger is a perfect story for any child that loves construction vehicles -- but it's especially great for little girls who'd rather ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
August 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura

Guaranteed to make the next long wait with your little one(s) go at least fifty times faster! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler

As far as the Library of Congress’s “Underwear Fiction” subject heading goes, this is some of the best. Intended to make the idea of toilet-training and “big girl/boy” underwear fun for toddlers, Veggies with Wedgies is also a hoot for adults (even adults without children). A gaggle of vegetables in Farmer John’s garden becomes intrigued when they see underwear hanging from the clothesline. After an amusing exchange about the origins and purposes of underwear, they take the underwear down and ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
August 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo

Gabby loves to chew gum all day and all night and her mother warns her that someday she may turn into gum, but she never thought it would really happen. In book one, we find out how Gabby Gomez learns to control her newfound sticky, stretchy superpowers and watch as she puts those powers to good use. My family loves this book, from the (extremely rare) Latina superhero to the bubblegum-cheerful artwork to the perfect balance of text vs. ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
August 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

This outstanding graphic novel is a 2014 Notable Children's Book from The American Library Association. It truly is notable in terms of disseminating factual information in the most attractive and appealing way possible. As the title suggests, this book is about the Dust Bowl or "The Dirty Thirties," when black dirt blew up and rained down on America's Great Plains devastating the land, farms, homes, humans and creatures in its ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

In the sequel to the Newbery Honor winner, Three Times Lucky, Desperado Detective agent Mo LeBeau and her partner, Dale, bring spook without too much scare and crushes without romance, perfect for the 4-7 grade set. When Mo's adoptive family buys a historic inn at auction, they don't realize a bona fide ghost is in the fine print and it is up to the detectives to solve the mystery ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 25, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Cat Says Meow and other an-i-mal-o-poe-ia by Michael Arndt

There’s no shortage of books available to the very young describing animal sounds, but Cat Says Meow stands out as a book that both the very young and their slightly older siblings might enjoy. Arndt cleverly illustrates his animals with the very sounds they make, using the o’s of the owl’s hooo as eyes. Lower-case g’s form the scales of fish as they glub along, and a lazy looping h makes for a perfect donkey ear. A clean design and very basic text makes Cat Says Meow great ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Eleven year old Violet Diamond has a pretty good life. A loving mother, a close relationship with her older sister, and fun grandparents. While she recognizes her good fortune, she also often feels out of place. Violet is bi-racial, and the rest of her family is white. Her sister’s father was white and her father was black. She is used to people staring at her and asking if she’s adopted, but that doesn’t mean she likes it. Violet’s father died before she was born and, due to a falling out ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
July 4, 2014 | 0 comments