MADreads for Kids

A review of I Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

Don’t like snakes? Neither does the little girl in “I Don’t Like Snakes”! But, as her family explains more about how snakes move (they slither), smell (with their tongue), and are born (from eggs) she realizes that snakes aren’t all that bad. She even surprises her family with some snake knowledge of her own! I Don’t Like Snakes is the perfect combination of a story and snake facts that both parents and kids will learn something from. ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

This haunting novel for children is equal parts warm and disturbing, comforting and frustrating. Annabelle lives in a tight-knit community in Pennsylvania in 1943. Aside from the menace of the current world war, and the dark legacy of the previous one, things are pretty and cozy for Annabelle in Wolf Hollow. Enter Betty Glengarry. Betty transfers to Annabelle’s one-room school as some sort of corrective measure for her “incorrigible” nature. Betty starts right in with bullying and intimidation ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
May 24, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Little Sophia has a birthday coming up and she only wants one thing – a pet giraffe.  Unfortunately for Sophia she has four obstacles – her mother who is a judge, her father who is a businessman, her Uncle Conrad who is a politician and her Grand-mama who is very strict.  So Sophie plans her strategy to win over each member of her family – she presents her case to her mother “Giraffes are legal in all fifty states.” She creates a business plan for her father – apparently giraffe poop ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
May 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

April was poetry month! If you’re like me, poetry can sometimes seem lofty and inaccessible, and if I’m not assigned it for school, I often don’t seek it out. Love that Dog is a fantastic piece by Sharon Creech, and though aimed at kids, it is a great reminder to readers of all ages that poetry can be just as accessible as you want it to be. Using the format of an elementary school boy’s responses to his assigned school poetry journal, Creech gives credence to our sometimes inner- ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
May 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Apes-a-Go-Go! by Roman Milisic

Laugh your socks off with this fun read! In Roman Milisic’s book, Apes-a-Go-Go! (Alred A. Knopf, 2014), a tidy little town has just one thing out of place: a flower had grown taller than all the rest. “Bah! That pesky flower,” complains the town’s mayor. Enter the first great ape, who attempts to pluck the flower out. In turn, trampling the rest of the flower bed! Then comes the parade of great apes to help out – Mucky Great Ape, Sopping Great Ape, Thumping Great Ape, and more. Each one bumbles ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Little Robot is the cozy, yet subversive story of a young girl who befriends a robot and instigates a rebellion. Wow! That sounds like a lot to offer in a juvenile graphic novel! But it really works. A box falls off the back of a truck and floats its way down a river until a little girl finds it at the edge of a junkyard. This little girl is an explorer and engineer and doesn't shy away from the contents of this box: a robot! She befriends and trains the little robot and they embark on ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Batman's Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett

A sensitive picture book rendering of Batman's origin story and a reminder that every kid can find his or her own courage. Beautiful illustrations by Jon Much (Zen Shorts, The Three Questions) will satisfy even the most anti-comic caregivers, and it's still about Batman so the kiddos will be thrilled!   ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Begin your spring explorations with this lovely compendium of nests made by animals as varied as the bee hummingbird and the orangutan, the sea turtle and the prairie dog.  The level of information and detail provided in the text and illustrations is phenomenal.  I’m a longtime fan of Sylvia Long’s illustrations (Hush Little Baby) and she does not disappoint. Her illustration of a Blue Jay nest filled with eggs includes one gum wrapper, a shoelace, a pop can tab and a snakeskin. ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Written and Drawn by Henrietta: A TOON Book by Liniers

This is an easy-to-read comic that is written and drawn by a little girl named Henrietta who has just received a box of colored pencils from her mom.  Henrietta creates her own comic called, "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats" and the reader is allowed to watch her artistic process unfold as she draws the story. Our author Henrietta is adventurous and brave and the main character of her comic, Emily, is too.  The three-headed monster is charming and, obviously, as the titles ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Wake Up, Spring by Katherine and Florian Ferrier

It’s March 21st at the Hotel Strange, but its motley cast of characters have overslept their hibernation because Mr. Spring hasn’t arrived to wake them up. Join Kiki, Celestin, Marietta, Mr. Leclair, and Mr. Snarf as they search for Mr. Spring to restore order to the community in this brightly illustrated first in its graphic novel series. This is a great adventure for the winter blues, with sights set on spring. ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 23, 2016 | 0 comments