MADreads for Kids

A review of Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

I used to read short stories quite often, but it has been a long time since I had picked up a short story collection.  I was super excited to read Flying Lessons & Other Stories, not only because it has stories by some fantastic authors, but also because of the short story format.  And I was not disappointed.   I laughed and cried, and came away glad that I had an opportunity to get to know these characters. Flying Lessons & Other Stories  is edited by Ellen Oh, the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 17, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Free Verse by Sarah Dooley

Sasha has lived her whole life in a small town where coal mines bring both jobs and tragedy.  Left on her own after all her family members leave or die in the mine, Sasha ends up in foster care and determined to fulfill her big brother's dream of leaving this town some day. Sasha starts earning money to save for her escape by doing odd jobs for her neighbors. As she spends more time with her new makeshift family, she starts to see things differently, and learns to care again. This story is ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
February 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant

“Helen Keller compared (Louis) Braille to Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. Before Gutenberg literacy (reading and writing) belonged to a select few. Millions of people were for the most part left out. But then came the printing press and suddenly everyone had access to books… The same is true for Louis’ invention: before Braille the blind were shut off from reading and writing. The Braille system changed all that.” Six Dots, winner of the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe’s Radiant Child garnered both the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator award, a first for any children’s book in the history of the awards. Evoking Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art with his own work, Steptoe uses a similarly bright color palette and found objects including salvaged wood pieces for his canvas. Radiant Child is a wonderful exploration of a brilliant artist’s beginnings by another brilliant artist. ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 25, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of March: Book Three by John Lewis

The biggest news to come out of yesterday's ALA Youth Media Awards was the record breaking honors received by the third in Rep. John Lewis's graphic novel series about his extraordinary involvement in the civil rights movement. The first two volumes in the series have been met with wide praise and awards of their own, and in addition to a ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Atlanta on Monday.   A list of 2017 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: BFF by Brandon Montclare

The smartest person in the Marvel Universe is 9 years old.Lunella Lafayette (who goes by the nickname Moon Girl) is super brilliant and therefore super bored in her school. She prefers to spend her time inventing things and searching for the very important Omni-Wave Projector. Life takes a turn for the extra weird when a bright red dinosaur arrives (bringing along some cavemen who call themselves the Killer Folk).  This book has a lot of detail and characters packed in, but it’s not so ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
January 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Don't Wake Up The Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Tiger is fast asleep and snoring, and in the way! Her friends Frog, Fox, Turtle, Mouse, and Stork need the reader's help to keep Tiger snoozing as they sneak across the pages floating on balloons. A whimsical interactive book, little ones help coax Tiger back to sleep by petting her nose and rubbing her tummy, and help Fox sneak past by blowing on his balloon as it sinks dangerously close to Tiger's ears. A mix of shiny balloons and matte textured illustrations make this book even more ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 9, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of Color Me Purple by Ellie Schatz

This book came to our library at just the right time. Local author Ellie Schatz and local artist Donna J. Parker collaborated to produce this beautiful book for children and adults, with 52 pages packed full of wisdom and practical lessons about diversity. Extraordinarily well-researched, this book is clearly the brain-child of educators, artists, and activists. Intended to be read with children, the book introduces us to eight children of different colors and ethnicities, who demonstrate eight ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli

A silly story about an owl who hears a “squeak” somewhere in his house – but, where is it coming from?! In Good Night Owl (Disney/Hyperion, 2016) readers get the inside scoop through the humorous illustrations, while the owl tries to figure things out. He empties out the cupboards, takes up the floorboards, and – even – tears down the roof! Finally he is ready to go to sleep under the wide open sky . . . Greg Pizzoli’s text and illustrations are a perfect match - and the humor is sure to tickle ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
November 28, 2016 | 0 comments