MADreads for Kids

A review of A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen

Everyone has stories to write, even if your writing...squiggles a little. All you need to start is a single letter. What will happen next?Preschool kids will love the comic book style of A Squiggly Story, grown-ups will be reminded how easy and fun writing a story together can be! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

This book will appeal to graphic novel enthusiasts, fans of Raina Telgemeier, and shy introverts (hello twelve-year-old me...) alike. When quiet Emmie, who likes to draw, accidentally drops a secret letter to her crush in the school hallway, her secret is out. Meanwhile, outgoing popular Katie (who, by the way, likes the same boy...) starts to notice Emmie and offers advice on how to stand up to bullying. Follow along for a surprising and empowering twist at the end, and pair with Svetlana ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
July 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Wake Up! by Helen Frost

“Sun says, Wake up – come out and explore . . .“ Helen Frost’s book Wake Up! (Candlewick Press, 2017) takes a simple poem and combines it with beautiful and close-up nature photography by Rick Lieder. The reader sees baby birds peeking out of a nest, insects crawling on plants and flowers, and a tadpole in the water. All of these animals are hatching, crawling, flying, cawing – awakening! Young readers will enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of the language along with the captivating pictures. Don’t ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
June 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

A new kid is always the main attention for a while. But there is something different about Stargirl when she comes to Mica Area High School. First off is her style. It’s very different from everyone and varies from long dresses to shorter outfits. And she has a pet rat. Not your stereotypical girl. Then her personality kicks in. She sings happy birthday to everyone, looks out for everyone, cheers for everyone. But the kids don’t like it. They do their best to make it miserable for her. This is ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
June 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

This debut graphic novel about a group of cat astronauts with names like Major Meowser, Waffles, Blanket and Pom Pom is ridiculously cute, clever and timely. The Earth is populated by cats (and only cats as far as I can tell) and the President meets with the World's Best Scientist to discuss how to solve the global energy crisis. The result of their influential meeting? The smartest, best prepared and most adorable space cats in the world need to journey to the moon to build a super solar power ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dinosaur Pirates! by Penny Dale

A team of dinosaurs are sailing the seas, on a secret mission to find buried treasure. They accomplish their goal, only to be set upon by a band of enemy dinosaur pirates! This is one book in a series of books about dinosaurs doing adventurous things. The story is simple yet suspenseful, with some repetitive sounds on each page. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
June 9, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

Do you love cuteness, crafting, cats, pandas and birthdays? Any or all of these things? Well, have I got a book for you! A super cute and clever little girl named Birdie (it just gets cuter by the minute) is celebrating her "Birthday Break" at school with handcrafted panda cupcakes. Then something terrible happens, or a couple of terrible things happen, and Birdie's alter-ego, "Crafty Cat" must save the day. I applaud the way Birdie goes with the flow when accidents happen. She's upset, but ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Mom, There's a Bear at the Door by Sabine Lipan

A mother is busy working in the kitchen, when her young son announces that there is a bear at the door of their apartment - on the eleventh floor!  There is humorous banter between mother and son as he explains just how the bear arrived at their door, and what it will take for the bear to get back home.   This fun story should appeal to children with grand imaginations and those who delight in tall-tales. Be sure to look for Mom, There's a Bear at the Door the next time you are at the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
June 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Who are you? : the kid's guide to gender identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

In recent years there have been several good books for children discussing gender identity, gender diversity, and gender stereotypes. These books are important for all children and adults too!  Who are you? is one of the newest entries in this category - and it is a good one.  It has bright illustrations featuring diverse children being active in many different ways.   Most of the text is simple and  gives a straightfroward introduction of how we experience gender: our ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
May 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko

I’ll be perfectly honest: I needed a break from Captain Underpants and all of the hilarious scatological references that are so appealing to the school-aged boy at my house. Someone recommended Kung Pow Chicken as an adequate substitute, so I jumped on it and eagerly checked out all four books from the library. They. Were. A. Hit.    Kung Pow Chicken is a second grader named Gordon Blue who ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 1, 2017 | 0 comments