MADreads for Kids

A review of Batman's Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett

A sensitive picture book rendering of Batman's origin story and a reminder that every kid can find his or her own courage. Beautiful illustrations by Jon Much (Zen Shorts, The Three Questions) will satisfy even the most anti-comic caregivers, and it's still about Batman so the kiddos will be thrilled!   ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Begin your spring explorations with this lovely compendium of nests made by animals as varied as the bee hummingbird and the orangutan, the sea turtle and the prairie dog.  The level of information and detail provided in the text and illustrations is phenomenal.  I’m a longtime fan of Sylvia Long’s illustrations (Hush Little Baby) and she does not disappoint. Her illustration of a Blue Jay nest filled with eggs includes one gum wrapper, a shoelace, a pop can tab and a snakeskin. ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Written and Drawn by Henrietta: A TOON Book by Liniers

This is an easy-to-read comic that is written and drawn by a little girl named Henrietta who has just received a box of colored pencils from her mom.  Henrietta creates her own comic called, "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats" and the reader is allowed to watch her artistic process unfold as she draws the story. Our author Henrietta is adventurous and brave and the main character of her comic, Emily, is too.  The three-headed monster is charming and, obviously, as the titles ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Wake Up, Spring by Katherine and Florian Ferrier

It’s March 21st at the Hotel Strange, but its motley cast of characters have overslept their hibernation because Mr. Spring hasn’t arrived to wake them up. Join Kiki, Celestin, Marietta, Mr. Leclair, and Mr. Snarf as they search for Mr. Spring to restore order to the community in this brightly illustrated first in its graphic novel series. This is a great adventure for the winter blues, with sights set on spring. ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of HiLo: the boy who crashed to Earth, vol. 1 by Judd Winick

D.J.'s family is full of over-achievers and the only thing that D.J. has ever excelled at is being friends with his next-door neighbor, Gina.  And then Gina moves away. So when HiLo literally drops out of the sky and needs a friend to introduce him to the ways of Earth, D.J. eagerly takes on the challenge. HiLo is impressed by everything (rice!  milk!  burping!) and is a little odd, so D.J. is reluctant to introduce HiLo to his family. Filled with literally laugh-out-loud moments ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappaport

Rapaport tells of Frederick Douglass's life from being born a child slave to his adulthood as a free man working to free slaves and gaining the right to vote for black men. Douglass 's mother lived twelve miles away , leaving him under the care of his grandmother until he was six. From there, he was gifted to the master's relatives and sent to live in Maryland. He was taught how to read and write and those skills laid the foundation to his path to freedom.Actual quotes from Douglass's ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
February 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Henry by Linda Urban

Little Red Henry is the baby of his family.  His mother, father, brother, and sister never let him do ANYTHING on his own.  They make his meals, cut his food, pick out his clothes and brush his teeth for him.  When Henry decides he wants to do these things himself, he turns out to be quite capable; but what will his family do with all their new free time?  Have fun, of course!  This is a great book for kids who have reached the “I can do it myself!” stage. ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
February 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner

Years before the Underground Railroad helped formerly enslaved men, women and children of African descent escape north to Canada, the path to freedom actually led south to Florida! Learn the untold story of Fort Mose, the first Free Black settlement in Colonial America in this beautifully researched and presented chapter of history that deserves to be shared with kids all over the United States.  Recommended for grade 4 and up. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

Cheryl Blackford’s debut children’s novel is an expertly layered tale of two siblings evacuated from their hometown in England during World War II, to live with strangers in the Yorkshire countryside. Lizzie and her brother Peter do not feel at home with their brusque new guardian Madge, wife of the local policeman. And things only get more complicated when Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby and takes it home to Madge. Exploring the parallel child’s-eye-view accounts of Lizzie and Elijah, a ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Pepper & Poe by Frann Preston-Gannon

2011 Maurice Sendak Fellowship Award Winner, Frann Preston-Gannon, makes her US picture book debut with the fun new book Pepper & Poe.Pepper the cat leads a nice orderly life.  He has his daily routine and likes it that way.  Then one day a new kitten Poe joins the family and messes everything up.  All Poe wants to do is play - but that disrupts Pepper's plans.  Will the two ever learn to get along and become friends?  Will Pepper ever have his order restored? ...read more

Reviewed by Jenny on
February 5, 2016 | 0 comments