MADreads for Kids

A review of The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

It’s 1929 in NYC, and Martha O’Doyle is convinced there is nothing worse than school. When she gets on her teacher’s last nerve and is expelled, she goes to work with her mother as a maid in a wealthy newspaper magnate’s posh home. Turns out she was wrong. It doesn’t take long for Martha to find some intrigue between all the washing and cleaning and potato peeling. It turns out the master of the house’s wife, Rose, is a recluse. She hasn’t left her bedroom in years. The word around the house, ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
August 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fly Guy presents Bats by Tedd Arnold

For fans of Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series, the author has now come out with a series of high-interest non-fiction books.  Bats is filled with some great, general information about bats, lots of quality photographs of different species of bats, and some fast facts about particular species of bats.  This is all wrapped up in a Beginning Reader format which will be great for kids who have experience sounding out words or as a read-with experience with a favorite adult, as the book ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
August 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

What would happen if six very different middle school kids were still in the building after school and a storm blew through?  Well, Jordan, Devon, Mason, Taylor, Regan and Avery are about to find out.  The RJ Glavine Middle School students are thrown together by a, perhaps too cautious, school order to seek safety - which they find in the school bathroom.   The kids have some fun, telling jokes and making the stuffed cat into a mummy.  But mostly, they talk to each ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Through the town by Craig Shuttlewood

All board books are not created for baby’s first year.  Sometimes picture books simply get put into board book format because they are popular as picture books.  But for parents of toddlers, the 14 month-olds to 3 year-olds, some of these board books are great. Through the Town is one of these and really hits the sweet spot.  Very young children can trace the tactile, thick line provided through the book to develop the muscles in their eyes, to learn that when we read in English ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Hippopotamister by John Green

Red Panda and Hippopotamus are languishing in a dilapidated city zoo when Red Panda decides to leave and find work amongst the humans. He comes back from time to time impressing the hippopotamus with his many careers. Hippo decides to join Red Panda on the outside and becomes Hippopotamister. And so begins a cycle of trying on new jobs and just as quickly having to leave them.  This is a sweet story of recognizing your true talents and celebrating each other for who you really are. The ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage

Cement mixer is new to the construction biz and gets his wires crossed.  The other trucks ask him to mix up some powdery white cement for the project.  Cement mixer proceeds to mix up powdery white flour, then some powdery white sugar.  Voila! He makes a cake!  But the trucks keep advising cement mixer, who finally gets just the right ingredients for a building.  Savage’s simple shapes and flat colors are perfect for the very youngest truck enthusiasts. But don’t be ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of One Family by George Shannon

1 is no longer the loneliest number!My new favorite counting book, One Family provides lots of excellent practice counting to numbers between 1 and 10 while serving as a delightful introduction to the concept of collective nouns like bunch, bouquet, flock and family. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

And there you have it. This is the most ridiculously entertaining trio of graphic novels I've come across in a long while. We're talking gross-out humor, impossibly strong Kung Fu kicks, ludicrous blasting implements and nonsensical adventures. The Glorkian Warrior is the inept intergalactic hero, his talking backpack is the voice of reason, and along the way they pick up a wildly out-of-control, baby-talking future warrior named Gonk and a brains sucking baby alien that thinks the Glorkian ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

This unique counting and concept book is a beautifully illustrated excursion into the natural world that invites readers to count sets of things. “What comes one by one? A nose. A mouth. The moon. The sun.”  Realistically rendered illustrations provide a close-up view of the things being counted, five starfish cluster on a wet rock at the beach, with the foaming wave receding on a sandy beach, barnacles, sand dollars and sea shells all around. Kurt Cyrus (Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 17, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Maxi the Little Taxi by Elizabeth Upton

It's Maxi the Taxi's first day on the job. He loves splashing in puddles while he gives people a ride around the city, zooming on his way. But when he starts looking icky and sticky, people avoid him. How will he get clean? Will anyone help him?Enjoy this bright, rhyming picture book about Maxi the Taxi's all-day adventures, including his first ever car wash! ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
June 10, 2016 | 0 comments