MADreads for Kids

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
A review of Pablo & Jane and the hot air contraption by Jose Domingo

Ever wondered what would happen if Where's Waldo smashed into Adventure Time at 70 miles per hour?  You'd get Pablo and Jane and the Hot Air Contraption! Half graphic novel, half seek and find, it's 100% fun and perfect for your next long road trip adventure. Independent and reluctant readers will be quick to gobble this one up--catch a copy today at your Madison Public Library! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
December 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of I Can Roar by Frank Asch

“I Can Roar” is one of Frank Asch’s newest books and it is adorable.  There are pages and pages of various animals, one per page, with a large circle cutout so you can hold it up to your face and make oodles of animal noises.  It is great fun.  I tried this at a daycare and had to be careful not to frighten the young ones with my enthusiasm. I just toned it down a bit…but with your own child it will be a hoot!  You could also sit in front of a mirror and hold it up to your ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
November 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Don't let the hefty size of the book deter you from accompanying an enchanted harmonica through the years as it enters and leaves the lives of four children. Think of it as beautifully crafted short stories that are bound together in one novel. The writing will draw you into the issues of the times such as, the beginning of the Holocaust in Germany, the Great Depression and the effects of WWII in California.  You will rally for the characters and hope that luck and good fortune is in their ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
November 13, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene is the James Bond of Maplewood Middle School; when you have a problem, he's the guy to see.  Everyone still buzzes about jobs like the Blitz at the Fitz and the Shakedown at Shimmering Hills, but after the unexpected fallout from the Midday PDA, Jackson Greene is out of the biz, OUT!  Now his ex-best basketball buddy (and ex-almost girlfriend) is the only candidate for student president left running against Maplewood's richest and meanest kid, Keith Sinclair. Keith's ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
November 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede

Itzy the spider is starting spindergarten and is eager to shed his baby nickname, Itzy Bitzy.  To prove he’s no longer a little spiderling, he needs to spin a web and catch his own lunch.  He tries several different locations, but keeps running into problems; a girl on a tuffet screams and scares the fly away, an old lady accidently swallows him, and the rain washes him right out of the water spout!  Children will easily identify with Itzy’s desire to be more grown up, and will ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
October 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert

In a pyramid in Egypt, a mummy rises every hundred years. But don’t worry, this mummy isn’t scary. He’s a cat, and had been the pet of a pharaoh queen long years ago. Now he wakes up every hundred years and walks the hall to see if his friend, the mummy, has awakened. And one cold night, each century,he gets up, and check to seeif she’s come back, his loving friend…so that this lonely time can end. Beautiful illustrations show off ancient Egyptian life in this richly detailed picture ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
October 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly is a story of a girl with no one besides her father, a scientist that created her for a greater purpose, who she adores and tries to please above all else. For there's something special about Kymera- she is a perfect combination of human, bird, cat and snake. As the reader experiences Kymera's expanding understanding of the world, there's a growing sense of unease that things aren't what she's been led to believe. Kymera is isolated from the ...read more

Reviewed by Carrie on
October 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin

Brimsby is a hatmaker.  Each day, his friend (a badger) comes to visit and they share a pot of tea until one day the friend announces that he has decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a sea captain. Who will Brimsby talk to and share tea with now? The author answers this question with a very real-world solution--new friends are found, old friendships are still treasured and maintained, even though contact is less frequent. Soft sorbet colors and bold, cartoony drawings set the ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
September 25, 2015 | 0 comments