MADreads for Kids

A review of Hippopotamister by John Green

Red Panda and Hippopotamus are languishing in a dilapidated city zoo when Red Panda decides to leave and find work amongst the humans. He comes back from time to time impressing the hippopotamus with his many careers. Hippo decides to join Red Panda on the outside and becomes Hippopotamister. And so begins a cycle of trying on new jobs and just as quickly having to leave them.  This is a sweet story of recognizing your true talents and celebrating each other for who you really are. The more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage

Cement mixer is new to the construction biz and gets his wires crossed.  The other trucks ask him to mix up some powdery white cement for the project.  Cement mixer proceeds to mix up powdery white flour, then some powdery white sugar.  Voila! He makes a cake!  But the trucks keep advising cement mixer, who finally gets just the right ingredients for a building.  Savage’s simple shapes and flat colors are perfect for the very youngest truck enthusiasts. But don’t be more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 22, 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. more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

And there you have it. This is the most ridiculously entertaining trio of graphic novels I've come across in a long while. We're talking gross-out humor, impossibly strong Kung Fu kicks, ludicrous blasting implements and nonsensical adventures. The Glorkian Warrior is the inept intergalactic hero, his talking backpack is the voice of reason, and along the way they pick up a wildly out-of-control, baby-talking future warrior named Gonk and a brains sucking baby alien that thinks the Glorkian more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

This unique counting and concept book is a beautifully illustrated excursion into the natural world that invites readers to count sets of things. “What comes one by one? A nose. A mouth. The moon. The sun.”  Realistically rendered illustrations provide a close-up view of the things being counted, five starfish cluster on a wet rock at the beach, with the foaming wave receding on a sandy beach, barnacles, sand dollars and sea shells all around. Kurt Cyrus (Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 17, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Maxi the Little Taxi by Elizabeth Upton

It's Maxi the Taxi's first day on the job. He loves splashing in puddles while he gives people a ride around the city, zooming on his way. But when he starts looking icky and sticky, people avoid him. How will he get clean? Will anyone help him?Enjoy this bright, rhyming picture book about Maxi the Taxi's all-day adventures, including his first ever car wash! more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
June 10, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Bear and Hare – Where’s Bear? by Emily Gravett

A humorous take on hide-and-seek for your favorite toddler or preschooler! Bear and Hare – Where’s Bear?  by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster, 2016) shows Hare in search of Bear. (Hare counts each time before he begins to search . . . a fun counting activity to do with your child as you read the book aloud!) The silly places Bear tries to hide will make your little one laugh – and you, too! This simple tale ends with a bit of a twist and, then, a satisfying conclusion. The softly drawn more

Reviewed by Tracy on
June 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of I Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

Don’t like snakes? Neither does the little girl in “I Don’t Like Snakes”! But, as her family explains more about how snakes move (they slither), smell (with their tongue), and are born (from eggs) she realizes that snakes aren’t all that bad. She even surprises her family with some snake knowledge of her own! I Don’t Like Snakes is the perfect combination of a story and snake facts that both parents and kids will learn something from. more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

This haunting novel for children is equal parts warm and disturbing, comforting and frustrating. Annabelle lives in a tight-knit community in Pennsylvania in 1943. Aside from the menace of the current world war, and the dark legacy of the previous one, things are pretty and cozy for Annabelle in Wolf Hollow. Enter Betty Glengarry. Betty transfers to Annabelle’s one-room school as some sort of corrective measure for her “incorrigible” nature. Betty starts right in with bullying and intimidation more

Reviewed by Beth on
May 24, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Little Sophia has a birthday coming up and she only wants one thing – a pet giraffe.  Unfortunately for Sophia she has four obstacles – her mother who is a judge, her father who is a businessman, her Uncle Conrad who is a politician and her Grand-mama who is very strict.  So Sophie plans her strategy to win over each member of her family – she presents her case to her mother “Giraffes are legal in all fifty states.” She creates a business plan for her father – apparently giraffe poop more

Reviewed by Karen on
May 20, 2016 | 0 comments