MADreads for Kids

A review of The scandalous sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

What are seven young ladies to do when the headmistress and her brother abruptly falls over dead during dinner? They don't want to go back to their homes and there may be a killer amongst them. The solution: bury the corpses in the garden and dress up one of the students as their headmistress. The mystery thickens as the young ladies, each with her own unique characteristic,  tries to keep up this farce and deal with meddling neighbors, a lovestruck admiral, long-lost relatives, and ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
February 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Revolution by Deborah Wiles

The town of Greenwood, Mississippi, is being invaded. Young college students from the North are coming to help register voters. This story is told from two different viewpoints, Sunny, a twelve year-old white girl, and Raymond, a black boy from Baptist Town. Their paths intertwine as their families and communities take on the challenges of understanding and implementing civil rights.The audiobook version is superbly done with a full cast of actors, laden with commercials, reporter interviews, ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
February 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Swim, Duck, Swim by Susan Lurie

Duck is afraid to learn to swim, but with a little bit of encouragement he takes the plunge. Join him in this delightful picture book that uses charming nature photographs of a duckling and his patient parents. ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
February 13, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover* written by Kwame Alexander is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner. Josh and Jordan Bell are twins, and at 12 years old they've already tasted greatness. Both superstars on their middle school basketball team, the boys live in the warm glow of each other's friendship, and encouragement from their parents-- especially their ex-pro ball player father. When Jordan falls for a girl at school who is no slouch on ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
February 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of El Deafo by Cece Bell

Cece Bell received some well-deserved recognition from this year’s Newbery Award* committee for her Graphic Novel autobiography, El Deafo. Bell lost most of her hearing due to a childhood illness at the age of four. El Deafo covers her childhood up to the age of ten, grappling with her hearing loss, various hearing aid instruments, various friendships some of which last and some of which don’t.  ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults on Monday. The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.  The 2015 Author Book Award goes to Brown Girl Dreaming written by ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
February 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults yesterday. Today's MADreads features the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children. The 2015 Caldecott Medal Winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Going Places by Peter Reynolds

Each kid in class competes in the annual Going Places contest. Rafael is so excited that when the teacher asks who’d like to get their go-cart kit, he’s the first to raise his hand. But she tells the rest of his jealous classmates not to worry, she’s got enough kits for everyone in class… and they are all exactly the same. As soon as he can, Rafael reads the detailed instructions and starts putting together his go-cart. Maya, his classmate and next-door neighbor, hasn’t even started working on ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
January 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Even though Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the throne, he and his family, along with their maid and family dog were executed in July of 1918 after living under house arrest for an extended period of time.  Fleming details the events that led up to that horrible day.  The excesses of the royal family and the great poverty endured by millions of Russian citizens brought about a revolution and unfortunately the Romanov family paid the price.   Fleming gives a very ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
January 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Hooray For Hat by Brian Won

When Elephant wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, he is in no mood to hear his doorbell ring.  But after stomping down the stairs, he is surprised by a beribboned box on his doorstep.  Inside he discovers a tower of hats.  “HOORAY FOR HAT!”  Then Elephant goes off to show his friends who each have their own case of the grumps, and who each cheer for the hat Elephant offers them.  With minimal text and deceptively simple yet fully expressive illustrations ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 9, 2015 | 0 comments