MADreads for Kids

A review of Newsprints by Ru Xu

Newsprints by Ru Xu features girls as newsboys, strained race relations and a serious look at robot civil rights in what I would describe as a steampunk variation on Annie! The story is beautifully drawn with complicated gender roles and a somewhat mysterious locale and setting. The main character, Blue, is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. She works for the Bugle, the only newspaper in her town that tells the truth. Blue lives in a house run by the Bugle with a group of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

In Be Quiet! Rupert, a mouse, wants to create his very own wordless book. His friends are game, but unfortunately, they won't stop talking about it, filling the book with more and more words and making Rupert more and more frustrated. This book is hilarious, introduces some wonderful vocabulary, and takes advantage of every part of the book, from the cover to the endpapers. It's perfect for elementary school-aged children. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
September 8, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

This book gave me a glimpse of new and different experiences - while also being very relate-able. It brought up topics that most teens experience - issues of friendship and homework - which helped me further connect to the story and drew me in. I also enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t annoyingly predictable. You didn’t always know what was coming! Other books by Cynthia Kadohata include Outside Beauty, The Floating World, A Million Shades of Gray, and many more. ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
September 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Summer comes to a close and it feels like there just isn’t anything NEW to do before school starts.  How about revisiting something from the past?  August is a great time to slow down and seek out older books that may have been overlooked.   The Relatives Came  by Cynthia Rylant, 1985, Bradbury Press, New York is an exuberant celebration of summer, gardens, travel and most of all….Relatives!  A family drives a long distance to attend a reunion.   The ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
September 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot

The Owl Diaries young reader series by Rebecca Elliot is officially the nicest and the cutest. Eva Wingdale lives with her owl family in Treetopolis. Eva's best friend is Lucy Beakman and her frenemy is Sue Clawson. The level of clever owl and bird word play in this series is spectacular. But what's really notable is the recognition and practice of thoughtfulness throughout all of the stories. In book one, Eva and her classmates work on putting together the Bloomtastic Festival.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 15, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dragons Love Tacos 2: the sequel by Adam Rubin

I read a lot of picture books.  Sometimes I love a book for the book itself and other times I love a book for the way children react to it.  The first time I read "Dragons Love Tacos" I was not overly impressed.  But after reading it with individual children and at storytimes with kids from ages 3-8, and seeing how much they loved the book, I became a fan.  So, when I saw "Dragons Love Tacos 2 The Sequel" I had to read it. In "Dragons love Tacos 2" we find our heroes in a ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen

Everyone has stories to write, even if your writing...squiggles a little. All you need to start is a single letter. What will happen next?Preschool kids will love the comic book style of A Squiggly Story, grown-ups will be reminded how easy and fun writing a story together can be! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

This book will appeal to graphic novel enthusiasts, fans of Raina Telgemeier, and shy introverts (hello twelve-year-old me...) alike. When quiet Emmie, who likes to draw, accidentally drops a secret letter to her crush in the school hallway, her secret is out. Meanwhile, outgoing popular Katie (who, by the way, likes the same boy...) starts to notice Emmie and offers advice on how to stand up to bullying. Follow along for a surprising and empowering twist at the end, and pair with Svetlana ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
July 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Wake Up! by Helen Frost

“Sun says, Wake up – come out and explore . . .“ Helen Frost’s book Wake Up! (Candlewick Press, 2017) takes a simple poem and combines it with beautiful and close-up nature photography by Rick Lieder. The reader sees baby birds peeking out of a nest, insects crawling on plants and flowers, and a tadpole in the water. All of these animals are hatching, crawling, flying, cawing – awakening! Young readers will enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of the language along with the captivating pictures. Don’t ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
June 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

A new kid is always the main attention for a while. But there is something different about Stargirl when she comes to Mica Area High School. First off is her style. It’s very different from everyone and varies from long dresses to shorter outfits. And she has a pet rat. Not your stereotypical girl. Then her personality kicks in. She sings happy birthday to everyone, looks out for everyone, cheers for everyone. But the kids don’t like it. They do their best to make it miserable for her. This is ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
June 23, 2017 | 0 comments