MADreads for Kids

A review of Naptime by Iris de Mouy

If you have ever argued over naptime (as a child or a parent), then this is the book for you! It is naptime on the savannah, but the animals are NOT interested. In her distinctive illustration style, Iris De Mouy, shows the many ways the animals try to avoid their sleepy fate but are outsmarted by one little girl. With simple, short sentences and bright, vivid pictures, this is a great choice for young children (especially sleepy ones!). ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
April 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

A martial arts book for newly independent readers with generous, attractive illustrations AND a female protagonist? Yes, please! Bunjitsu Bunny  stars the brave, but never aggressive rabbit, Isabel.  Each chapter is a stand-alone story about different encounters she has, making this a perfect bedtime book (no stressful cliffhangers!). My personal favorite chapters are those in which she avoids a fight with a bully and in which she “defeats the angry wave” by realizing that it only ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom

The ancient fable of the lion and the mouse bursts from the page in this brilliant new adaptation by Jenny Broom and Nahta Noj. Featuring cutouts on every page, crisp colors and inventive typography, this retelling is as visually refreshing as its message of cooperation and friendship is timeless. The generous pops of color and the prospect of peeking through the pages pull in preschoolers while the text's varied fonts and sizes effortlessly reinforce the pre-reading skill of "print awareness ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Baby Party by Rebecca O'Connell

A very sweet, simple and colorful book for babies that includes a first introduction to several shapes, one baby wears a triangle party hat; another baby brings a square present.  By the same author that gave us “The Baby Goes Beep” and “Baby Parade.”  The text also invites clapping, singing and smooching with a multicultural group of babies and parents. ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
April 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Shake Puppies by Carli Davidson

Photographer and animal trainer Carli Davidson has captured something so specific and mesmerizing that I feel compelled to spread the word. She photographs dogs and puppies mid-shake. This is all jowls and ears and spittle and fur. All paws and playful cuteness. All feel-good. I mean, look at the bull dog puppy on this cover. Just loooook at hiiimmmmm. This is some earnest stuff. With an important dose of awareness. Shake Puppies is the follow-up to the bestselling ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 2, 2015 | 3 comments
A review of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Vivian Maier

If you haven’t seen the photography of Vivian Maier, take the time to check out one of the compilations of her work. My favorite so far has been Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows. It’s a compilation of many of her photographs, interspersed with mini-biographical vignettes describing the times and places in her life where she took the photos. I first learned about Vivian Maier from the documentary movie  ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 1, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Creature Features by Steve Jenkins

Some animals are cute and cuddly, some are ferocious and scary, and some are just plain weird.  In this book, 25 animals explain some of their stranger features.  They might look odd to us, but those features are important to the animal’s survival.  So, why is a giraffe’s tongue purple?  Why is the Egyptian vulture’s face bald?  I’ll let them tell you! ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Moomin and the Golden Tail by Jansson Tove

Though this is a children’s book and a graphic novel, two categories I’m not normally too familiar with, I can recommend this book for readers of all ages. The illustrations are simple, but engaging, and the story can be appreciated on several different levels. There is a series of Swedish comics and graphic novels about the Moomins, a hippo-esque clan that teaches us about life through endearing capers. In this one, we learn about what happens when the thinning of tail hairs results in the ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Sparky! by Jenny Offill

A bird? A bunny? A trained seal? A young girl wants the perfect pet . . . however, her mother says no to all of these ideas. In fact, she says no to any pet that needs to be “walked or bathed or fed”. What’s a girl to do? Do research, find a pet that fits those criteria, and mail order one – of course! In Sparky! by Jenny Offill (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014) the mail ordered pet turns out to be a sloth. A hang-from-the-tree, do-not-much-of-anything, except-if-it’s-really-really-slowly, kind ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
March 6, 2015 | 0 comments
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