MADreads for Kids

A review of Who are you? : the kid's guide to gender identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

In recent years there have been several good books for children discussing gender identity, gender diversity, and gender stereotypes. These books are important for all children and adults too!  Who are you? is one of the newest entries in this category - and it is a good one.  It has bright illustrations featuring diverse children being active in many different ways.   Most of the text is simple and  gives a straightfroward introduction of how we experience gender: our ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
May 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko

I’ll be perfectly honest: I needed a break from Captain Underpants and all of the hilarious scatological references that are so appealing to the school-aged boy at my house. Someone recommended Kung Pow Chicken as an adequate substitute, so I jumped on it and eagerly checked out all four books from the library. They. Were. A. Hit.    Kung Pow Chicken is a second grader named Gordon Blue who ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moo by Sharon Creech

Think you know everything about cows? Think again. Take a journey into twelve-year-old Reena’s life and learn about her adventures with a particularly stubborn cow named Zora in Sharon Creech’s book, Moo.Reena and her little brother, Luke, are so used to the city life, until they help their parents make the decision to move to Maine. In Maine, they meet an unexpected elderly lady Mrs. Falala, who sets them to work on her small farm. Follow Reena and Luke’s story as they try and survive the farm ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
April 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Story of Space Travel: a Max Axiom Adventure by Agnieszka Biskup

Meet Max Axiom, Super Scientist.  Max Axiom is the brainy superhero of a series of accessible books about various STEM topics.  Axiom has a complete back-story, like any superhero.  And his superpowers include super intelligence, the ability to shrink to the size of an atom, a lab coat that allows time travel and sunglasses that provide x-ray vision. Written for ages 7 – 12 in a comic book format, the series titles include sound scientific facts and information, great ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of ​​You DON'T Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

Rainbows? Glitter? Unicorns? What's not to love? This fun new book considers the very real ramifications of having a unicorn for a pet. Sure, it sounds like fun, but have you ever thought about the consequences? Text and pictures combine to tell the whole story, requiring careful observation and lots of opportunities for conversations around the illustrations and real life similarities. Both simple enough for younger kids but with enough irreverence and bodily humor (pooping cupcakes!) to ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
April 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

This is the first book in the Narwhal and Jelly series. It is super cute and shares an important message: we're all awesome in our own way and it's easy to discover the world (or ocean) before you when you're exploring together. The book starts off with Narwhal meeting Jelly. They are surprised to discover the other exists. They each explain their various characteristics and both are a little skeptical that they are not conjuring up their new friend with their imagination. Once it's established ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

A gentle story about a man who delivers all the many messages set out to sea in bottles. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Dial Books, 2016) by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is beautifully rendered in soft pastels and fine lines. The words are spare and poetic – “for a letter can hold the treasure of a clam-hugged pearl” and, “he felt loneliness as sharp as fish scales.” We feel this sadness and hope the deliverer of all these paper messages finds happiness himself. It ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada and her brother face a lot of issues. They have their mean, selfish mother to worry about and the violent and scary war. Even though the war is awful, it ends up saving their lives. This book leaves you wondering what will happen next at the flip of every page. Read this wonderful and exciting book to enjoy all of Ada’s adventures. -- Eva B., guest reviewer and Girl Scout ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
March 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

A beautiful book that introduces numbers and counting. The illustrations are lush and uncluttered and the rhyming scheme of the text flows wonderfully. It includes some vocabulary that very young children probably haven't encountered yet, which is always a good thing. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
March 17, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

This is a stunning Art Deco version of Snow White set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.  It.  Is.  Gorgeous. The graphic novel opens with Snow and her mother frolicking in Central Park.  The mother collapses and the reader sees blood in the snow.  Snow's mother never recovers, leaving the young girl and her father heartbroken and bereft.  We witness the subsequent marriage of Snow's wealthy and widowed father to a Ziegfeld girl and Snow packing for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 16, 2017 | 0 comments