MADreads for Kids

A review of Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Graceful flamingo is practicing his ballet moves when he spies a little girl in bathing cap and flippers mimicking his poses. After a slightly rocky start, both Flora and the flamingo discover that the dance is much more fun with two. In this wordless tale by artist Molly Idle, a gentle friendship is formed as the two share their love of dance in luminous drawings. And this might even lead to taking a risk with enjoyable results. Flip down tabs reveal the story at just the right pace. For ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 24, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage

The American Library Association will announce the winner and runners up for the prestigious Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year on Monday, January 27th.In the meantime, here’s a list of 10 strong candidates plus 1. Which of these do you feel is most distinguished? Do you know of another book published in 2013 that looks like an award-winner?1. Ten Orange Pumpkins; a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 17, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr. Tiger leads a proper life in his small town. He goes to proper tea parties, carries on proper conversations and keeps his proper suit and top hat on all very properly. But something is missing.  One day, Mr. Tiger tries walking on all fours. Then he starts to roar. And finally, off comes the proper suit and top hat. It’s all too much for Mr. Tiger’s fellow townspeople, who ask that if Mr. Tiger must act wild, would he please do so in the wilderness? But while he can go completely wild ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 10, 2014 | 3 comments
A review of A Splash of Red by Jennifer Bryant

Add some color to your life and check out A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. This colorful picture book celebrates the life of artist Horace Pippin. The book chronicles his life as a young boy growing up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Then on through working in a rail yard, on a farm, serving in World War II, and – then - returning home, marrying, and settling down. Throughout his life, he drew picture after picture for those around him. In spite of a ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
January 3, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch

Behold the awesome power of the volcano! Leveling cities, creating mountains, capturing a child’s rapt attention. If you know a child who appreciates the more explosive aspects of Mother Nature, you’ll want to check out this title by Elizabeth Rusch. Describing the different types of volcanoes and the way they destroy and create, Rusch pulls off an impressive feat of writing. The text is simple enough for younger kids to understand, yet provides enough detail to keep older readers engaged. ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
December 27, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall

The postman Lalouche loves his job. Although slight, years of delivering mail along the streets of early twentieth century Paris have made him fast, nimble and deceptively strong. But when the post office buys a fleet of electric autocars, Lalouche finds himself and his beloved finch Genevieve in danger of losing their home. Sacre bleu! But Lalouche decides to become a boxer, even if the manager and the other fighters scoff at his diminutive size. One by one, Lalouche takes on the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 20, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Mrs Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater

If you stand on the dresser in Maxine’s new high-rise bedroom and look out of the very corner of the window, you might see a tiny little cottage, tucked in behind all the skyscrapers in the neighborhood. That is the home of Mrs. Noodlekugel and her talking, baking cat, Mr. Fuzzface. Nick and Maxine aren’t sure how to get to the backyard of the skyscraper to meet Mrs. Noodlekugel, but with the help of the Mike the janitor (who likes to eat stewed tomatoes out of the can), they find their way to ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
December 13, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Feelings Book by Lynda Madison

Whoa! A book to help better understand the emotional rollercoaster of tween-and-teen-hood! The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of Your Emotions by Dr. Lynda Madison is written for girls working their way through the many emotions and feelings of adolescence. The book incorporates real questions and letters written by girls. The colorfully illustrated pages are engaging and have a cozy, comfortable feel. Some of the topics covered in the book include identifying emotions and ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 6, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon

Penguin finds a new friend, Pinecone, far from home and lovingly cares for him. They become great friends but Pinecone must go back home to the forest. As time passes, Penguin wonders if his dear friend has grown as big and strong as he has. He returns to the forest and finds that Pinecone is no longer a pinecone, but they pick up right where they left off. The illustrations and details depict the fun and warmth of being with a friend. This story is a great reminder for young kids and adults ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
November 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells two stories at the same time. After a girl checks out this exact book from the library, she finds herself in a whole new world. Fascinating facts about coral reefs are told on each page as the reefs grow around her, until soon she is swept away. She reads about and meets different kinds of sea life, including parrot fish, hungry sharks, and even an octopus. This book is sure to delight readers young and old. ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
November 22, 2013 | 0 comments