MADreads for Kids

A review of CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

This debut graphic novel about a group of cat astronauts with names like Major Meowser, Waffles, Blanket and Pom Pom is ridiculously cute, clever and timely. The Earth is populated by cats (and only cats as far as I can tell) and the President meets with the World's Best Scientist to discuss how to solve the global energy crisis. The result of their influential meeting? The smartest, best prepared and most adorable space cats in the world need to journey to the moon to build a super solar power ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dinosaur Pirates! by Penny Dale

A team of dinosaurs are sailing the seas, on a secret mission to find buried treasure. They accomplish their goal, only to be set upon by a band of enemy dinosaur pirates! This is one book in a series of books about dinosaurs doing adventurous things. The story is simple yet suspenseful, with some repetitive sounds on each page. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
June 9, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

Do you love cuteness, crafting, cats, pandas and birthdays? Any or all of these things? Well, have I got a book for you! A super cute and clever little girl named Birdie (it just gets cuter by the minute) is celebrating her "Birthday Break" at school with handcrafted panda cupcakes. Then something terrible happens, or a couple of terrible things happen, and Birdie's alter-ego, "Crafty Cat" must save the day. I applaud the way Birdie goes with the flow when accidents happen. She's upset, but ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Mom, There's a Bear at the Door by Sabine Lipan

A mother is busy working in the kitchen, when her young son announces that there is a bear at the door of their apartment - on the eleventh floor!  There is humorous banter between mother and son as he explains just how the bear arrived at their door, and what it will take for the bear to get back home.   This fun story should appeal to children with grand imaginations and those who delight in tall-tales. Be sure to look for Mom, There's a Bear at the Door the next time you are at the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
June 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Who are you? : the kid's guide to gender identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

In recent years there have been several good books for children discussing gender identity, gender diversity, and gender stereotypes. These books are important for all children and adults too!  Who are you? is one of the newest entries in this category - and it is a good one.  It has bright illustrations featuring diverse children being active in many different ways.   Most of the text is simple and  gives a straightfroward introduction of how we experience gender: our ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
May 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko

I’ll be perfectly honest: I needed a break from Captain Underpants and all of the hilarious scatological references that are so appealing to the school-aged boy at my house. Someone recommended Kung Pow Chicken as an adequate substitute, so I jumped on it and eagerly checked out all four books from the library. They. Were. A. Hit.    Kung Pow Chicken is a second grader named Gordon Blue who ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moo by Sharon Creech

Think you know everything about cows? Think again. Take a journey into twelve-year-old Reena’s life and learn about her adventures with a particularly stubborn cow named Zora in Sharon Creech’s book, Moo.Reena and her little brother, Luke, are so used to the city life, until they help their parents make the decision to move to Maine. In Maine, they meet an unexpected elderly lady Mrs. Falala, who sets them to work on her small farm. Follow Reena and Luke’s story as they try and survive the farm ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
April 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Story of Space Travel: a Max Axiom Adventure by Agnieszka Biskup

Meet Max Axiom, Super Scientist.  Max Axiom is the brainy superhero of a series of accessible books about various STEM topics.  Axiom has a complete back-story, like any superhero.  And his superpowers include super intelligence, the ability to shrink to the size of an atom, a lab coat that allows time travel and sunglasses that provide x-ray vision. Written for ages 7 – 12 in a comic book format, the series titles include sound scientific facts and information, great ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of ​​You DON'T Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

Rainbows? Glitter? Unicorns? What's not to love? This fun new book considers the very real ramifications of having a unicorn for a pet. Sure, it sounds like fun, but have you ever thought about the consequences? Text and pictures combine to tell the whole story, requiring careful observation and lots of opportunities for conversations around the illustrations and real life similarities. Both simple enough for younger kids but with enough irreverence and bodily humor (pooping cupcakes!) to ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
April 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

This is the first book in the Narwhal and Jelly series. It is super cute and shares an important message: we're all awesome in our own way and it's easy to discover the world (or ocean) before you when you're exploring together. The book starts off with Narwhal meeting Jelly. They are surprised to discover the other exists. They each explain their various characteristics and both are a little skeptical that they are not conjuring up their new friend with their imagination. Once it's established ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 11, 2017 | 0 comments