MADreads for Kids

A review of Pepper & Poe by Frann Preston-Gannon

2011 Maurice Sendak Fellowship Award Winner, Frann Preston-Gannon, makes her US picture book debut with the fun new book Pepper & Poe.Pepper the cat leads a nice orderly life.  He has his daily routine and likes it that way.  Then one day a new kitten Poe joins the family and messes everything up.  All Poe wants to do is play - but that disrupts Pepper's plans.  Will the two ever learn to get along and become friends?  Will Pepper ever have his order restored? ...read more

Reviewed by Jenny on
February 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews grew up surrounded by music, in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Troy’s older brother James was leading his own band at a very young age, and Troy’s grandfather was also a musician. Troy wanted to be just like them. At first, young Troy and his friends used found items to make their own instruments – an empty box from a 12 pack of soda fastened around the neck with Mardi Gras beads became a drum. They pretended to play and parade down the streets just like a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

It’s a grey day in the city, Church has just let out, and it’s time for CJ’s weekly trek with his Grandmother to help serve at the soup kitchen. But this week CJ is feeling disenchanted. Why do they have to wait for the bus in the rain? Wouldn’t it be better if they had a car? Why do they have to go to the soup kitchen every week to help out when CJs friends don’t have to do anything on Sunday afternoons? As CJ and his Grandmother make their way across town, Grandmother shares her wise ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 15, 2016 | 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 Boston on Monday.   A list of 2016 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

A small white dog with a pink bow named Diva and a green-eyed black cat named Flea become unlikely friends and adventurers in this story set in Paris, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. A self-identified flâneur, or idle man-about-town, Flea finds the serious, somewhat-nervous, somewhat-sheltered Diva guarding the whole of 11 avenue Le Play, including the courtyard. Their friendship develops and they both gain something valuable from the other. Diva and Flea think like small children ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is a celebrated book by Lois Lowery. It melds dystopian fiction with action and drama to make a great combination. In fact, The Giver paved the way for the entire genre with help from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451; together, these texts started a movement for this once unrecognized and even unpopular part of science fiction writing. The Giver tells the story of a post-apocalyptic, gated community, where a boy named Jonas is thrust into a job he had not even ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
January 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of George by Alex Gino

George is a transgender fourth grader identifying as a girl. Her class is studying Charlotte's Web and all of the students are invited to try out for parts in the school play version. George dreams of playing Charlotte. She rehearses and rehearses and has the part down perfectly. The problem is that George's teacher wants her to try out for the parts of Wilbur or Templeton. And George doesn't want that. What follows is a tender, yet tenacious, story about knowing who you are and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Who Done It? by Olivier Tallec

In this fun police-lineup-style picture book, Olivier Tallec offers an interactive look into cause and effect/ action and consequence, while providing pictorial mini-mysteries to solve. Using simple questions like “Who ate all the jam?” and “Who’s shy about dancing?” and subsequent pictures of suspects, Tallec leaves it to the reader to pick the likeliest culprit from the lineup. Who played with the mean cat? (Probably it’s the unhappy girl with scratches on her face.) And while it’s fun to ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin

Looking for a way to help your child find their own quiet place in a busy, noisy, clambering world? Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin (Plum Blossom Books, 2015) takes a gentle look at how to find quiet and peacefulness inside your own self.  Charlotte, the young protagonist in the story, lives in a noisy house, a noisy neighborhood, and a noisy school. She has trouble finding one spot that’s quiet and peaceful. Then, one day while she’s walking her dog, she finds a place in ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 11, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson

Are you looking for a gentle scare? This is a darling book full of zombies and werewolves and inhabitants of the netherworld. The cupcake eating vampire and bat-shaped pig-tails on the cover assure the reader of this!  We are first introduced to Princess Decomposia, an overworked, neglected Princess quietly and competently overseeing the Underground Kingdom while her paranoid and hypochondriac bedbound father, the King, harasses all of his staff. The King refuses to eat anything but broth ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 7, 2015 | 0 comments