MADreads for Kids

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
A review of Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

When seventh-grader Stef Soto and one of her best friends win tickets to a concert, she tries to prove to her parents that she’s old and responsible enough to go. Her parents are apprehensive about it and more importantly, need help with running the family business, a taco truck named Tía Perla. Amongst juggling friendships, the frustrations of growing up with overprotective parents yet loving them unconditionally, and standing up for what she believes in, Stef has to find her balance and stick ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
March 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle

Are you familiar with Raggedy Ann? She's a gentle rag doll with red yarn hair and a sweet smile. It's believed that her sweetness comes from the "I LOVE YOU" candy heart that lives inside her stuffing. That just makes me melt. I mean, really. This charming classic includes all of the original Raggedy Ann stories in which Raggedy comes to live in Marcella's nursery and leads the charge of dollies into the pantry and on many other adventures. My personal favorites include Raggedy Ann Learns a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of [Heart] 2 [heart] by Lois Ehlert

Veggies and fruits in bold, bright colors, and lots of rebus riddles to decipher mean this love-filled little # by picture book author extraordinaire Lois Ehlert is never out of season--2 much F(onion)!       ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 3, 2017 | 0 comments
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