MADreads for Kids

A review of Let's Go Baby-o by Janet McLean

There is so much going on in baby’s world! In Let’s Go, Baby-o!, baby wakes from his nap and immediately gets busy. Baby bumps and bounces. Baby thumps and pounces. And after each activity, baby and his cousin return to the window to observe the world outside, while the reader returns to the refrain “Look out the window. What can you see?” The McLeans' delightful picture book mimics a day in the life of a busy baby and encourages the reader to share words and conversations as well as ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
November 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

The Grimjinx family is poised to pull the greatest con ever when fate pulls the rug out from under them. Can klutzy Jaxter and his thieving family shed their dishonest ways in time to save the town of Vengekeep? Lava men, flying skeletons, renegades from the royal court -- and what in zoc is a spiderbat? It's going to be a very long year for the Grimjinxes -- and you'll enjoy every minute of it! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
November 8, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Good Night Sleep Tight by Mem Fox

Bonnie and Ben’s favorite babysitter, Skinny Doug, is tucking them in for the night. Doug tells many beloved but forgotten nursery rhymes, each one with a twist and great illustrations to let your imagination run wild. Along with fun rhymes, this story is also filled with great repeated phrases that your child will enjoy saying along with you. Rhyming books like this one are great tools for helping children to develop their phonological awareness, an important pre-reading skill. Mem Fox brings ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
November 1, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark

Start with a mysterious sofa. Now add some nefarious henchmen that attempt cat burglary disguised as dogs. (They may or may not be part of a sinister plot to take over the world one show-tune at a time.) Combine paintings that can talk, furniture that can time travel, and a mysterious underground fire that has been burning for years. Now toss in a rare zucchini colored crayon and stand back! Adventurous, exciting, quirky and sometimes downright zany, this book will keep you turning pages ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
October 25, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier

Leon the chameleon is just sunning himself on a rock, when nature calls. But wait, there’s no paper for wiping. So what’s a hygienic and resourceful chameleon to do? Why, snag that old pair of holey underwear just hanging on a branch and use them to get the job done. Enter Leon’s conscience – “But did you also think that maybe the owner of those underpants could have lost them?” Morals go best with a huge dash of humor, and this one hits the mark with holey underpants that serve up a great ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 18, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Counting By Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow Chance isn't like most twelve-year-olds. She is a genius who prefers to wear her gardening gear everywhere, spends copious amounts of time amongst her plants, and counts by sevens to calm herself down. Still, despite her eccentricities, Willow is happy. That is, until her parents are killed in an accident, and Willow must find a new place for herself in the world. With tenderness and humor, Holly Goldberg Sloan crafts a truly beautiful story about friendship, love, grief, and the ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
October 11, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Gideon & Otto by Oliver Dunrea

Gideon and Otto are best friends. Gideon is a playful little gosling and Otto is his very special toy octopus. Parents of children with Very Special Friends will appreciate just how strong that bond is. And children will understand how Gideon feels when Otto goes missing. Simple, yet adorable, guache illustrations accompany this sweet story, perfect for a snuggly read-aloud. ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
October 4, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

Adventure and new friends abound in Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates. Dog gets a brand new sketchbook from his dear Aunt Dora. “Dog knew exactly what to do. . .“ He begins his own story! With pencil in hand, he draws a door and steps through. He is joined by a stickman, duck, owl, and crab. Of course, they decide to ride a train and, then, set sail on a boat to a sandy island. The sketched illustrations fit well with the storyline. Soft colors and spare lines add to the gentle feel of ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 27, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket

I was nervous when I picked up this book. Sure, it's a picture book meant for a preschool audience, but it's also written by Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events, so all bets were off in my mind as to what I'd find inside. My four year old (who is no fan of the dark) sat impatiently beside me as we opened it up and started reading. Laszlo is no fan of ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 20, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor

As part of the Big Library Read program, Wisconsin's Digital Library will be featuring Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth in both eBook and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 16, 2013 | 0 comments