MADreads for Kids

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
A review of Fairy tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

I grew up loving the work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg, so I was thrilled when I discovered Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker – a picture book written and illustrated by their daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.  This cumulative story follows Lucy and her dog, Mr. Barker, through a series of fairy tales.  As they go from one story to another, they rescue Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs, Jack, and Sleeping Beauty from their fairy tale fates with the ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
November 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers and grandfathers by Avi For whatever reason, short story anthologies don’t seem to be fast movers from library shelves.  This is a missed opportunity for readers.  Author extraordinaire, Avi has crafted a series of short stories posing the question “What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?”  The seven stories in the anthology range from absurd to comic to profoundly sad.  Avi renders each story with his deftly poetic style.  While answers to the initial question are not ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
November 18, 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
November 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How This Book was Made by Mac Barnett

If you are looking for a strictly non-fiction book about how books are made - this is not the book for you.  The tiger reading, hamburger with arms and legs, and astronaut giving a thumbs up on the cover are be some of your first clues.  The fact that is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex are your next clues.  But if you are looking for a fun (and slightly silly) book to read with children about the writing and book making process - this is the book for you.The ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
November 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Blocks by Irene Dickson

Sharing is hard! In Blocks by Irene Dickson, 2016 Nosy Crow, Ruby and Benji learn that sharing and playing with their blocks together is more fun than playing alone. The simple text, big and bold illustrations, and diverse characters make this a great story to share with toddlers. Block cut-outs on the cover and different shaped blocks are a great reminder that block play helps support early literacy. Pair this story with other building block books, and then expand the experience with real ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
October 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton

If you imagine that whomever invented the Super-Soaker was hardly a rocket scientist, you would be flat-out wrong! Lonnie Johnson was exactly that, inventing rockets, rocket fuel, robots that actually moved via commands from sister’s walkie-talkie in his childhood. Johnson became a NASA engineer, and then went on to full-time inventing. Woosh! is a look into the life of the man behind the popular toy – his triumphs and his challenges, including racist policies and attitudes that threatened to ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley

Lucy and her family spend a day at the beach, digging in the sand, walking on the beach, and playing together. Then they head home where Lucy's mom begins a bedtime story, but falls asleep, tired from their day. Lucy wakes up, wanting her bedtime bear and stuffed animals. This great picture book is filled with expressive narration and evocative illustrations, from Pulitzer Prize winner ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
October 14, 2016 | 0 comments