MADreads for Kids

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
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 Atlanta on Monday.   A list of 2017 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: BFF by Brandon Montclare

The smartest person in the Marvel Universe is 9 years old.Lunella Lafayette (who goes by the nickname Moon Girl) is super brilliant and therefore super bored in her school. She prefers to spend her time inventing things and searching for the very important Omni-Wave Projector. Life takes a turn for the extra weird when a bright red dinosaur arrives (bringing along some cavemen who call themselves the Killer Folk).  This book has a lot of detail and characters packed in, but it’s not so ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
January 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Don't Wake Up The Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Tiger is fast asleep and snoring, and in the way! Her friends Frog, Fox, Turtle, Mouse, and Stork need the reader's help to keep Tiger snoozing as they sneak across the pages floating on balloons. A whimsical interactive book, little ones help coax Tiger back to sleep by petting her nose and rubbing her tummy, and help Fox sneak past by blowing on his balloon as it sinks dangerously close to Tiger's ears. A mix of shiny balloons and matte textured illustrations make this book even more ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 9, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of Color Me Purple by Ellie Schatz

This book came to our library at just the right time. Local author Ellie Schatz and local artist Donna J. Parker collaborated to produce this beautiful book for children and adults, with 52 pages packed full of wisdom and practical lessons about diversity. Extraordinarily well-researched, this book is clearly the brain-child of educators, artists, and activists. Intended to be read with children, the book introduces us to eight children of different colors and ethnicities, who demonstrate eight ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli

A silly story about an owl who hears a “squeak” somewhere in his house – but, where is it coming from?! In Good Night Owl (Disney/Hyperion, 2016) readers get the inside scoop through the humorous illustrations, while the owl tries to figure things out. He empties out the cupboards, takes up the floorboards, and – even – tears down the roof! Finally he is ready to go to sleep under the wide open sky . . . Greg Pizzoli’s text and illustrations are a perfect match - and the humor is sure to tickle ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
November 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fairy tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

I grew up loving the work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg, so I was thrilled when I discovered Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker – a picture book written and illustrated by their daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.  This cumulative story follows Lucy and her dog, Mr. Barker, through a series of fairy tales.  As they go from one story to another, they rescue Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs, Jack, and Sleeping Beauty from their fairy tale fates with the ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
November 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers and grandfathers by Avi For whatever reason, short story anthologies don’t seem to be fast movers from library shelves.  This is a missed opportunity for readers.  Author extraordinaire, Avi has crafted a series of short stories posing the question “What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?”  The seven stories in the anthology range from absurd to comic to profoundly sad.  Avi renders each story with his deftly poetic style.  While answers to the initial question are not ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
November 18, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of One Family by George Shannon

1 is no longer the loneliest number!My new favorite counting book, One Family provides lots of excellent practice counting to numbers between 1 and 10 while serving as a delightful introduction to the concept of collective nouns like bunch, bouquet, flock and family. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
November 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How This Book was Made by Mac Barnett

If you are looking for a strictly non-fiction book about how books are made - this is not the book for you.  The tiger reading, hamburger with arms and legs, and astronaut giving a thumbs up on the cover are be some of your first clues.  The fact that is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex are your next clues.  But if you are looking for a fun (and slightly silly) book to read with children about the writing and book making process - this is the book for you.The ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
November 4, 2016 | 0 comments