MADreads for Kids

A review of Spots in a Box by Helen Ward

What’s a guinea fowl to do with no spots? Ask for some, of course! In Spots in a Box by Helen Ward (Candlewick Press, 2015), a spotless bird writes a letter requesting some spots. He gets big spots, and little spots, bright spots, and connect-the-dot spots, fancy spots, and - even - not-spots! The humorous illustrations are a perfect combination to the words. The reader sees the guinea fowl try out all sorts of spots – with cardboard boxes, colorful dots, and packaging materials scattered more

Reviewed by Tracy on
July 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Bee and Puppycat. Volume 1 by Natasha Allegri

This graphic novel is a collection of the first four Bee and Puppycat comic books created by Natashi Allegri. The comics are based on a Cartoon Hangover animated series on YouTube. Each episode is a little over 6 minutes long and it's all adorable, adorable, adorable. If you are not familiar with kawaii - this is it. It's the phenomenon of cuteness in Japanese culture and Bee and Puppycat more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of One big pair of underwear by Laura Gehl

I have read a lot of counting books, but One Big Pair Of Underwear is something so much more. Don't be distracted by the obviously silly title, or hysterical pictures of bears tugging on giant tighty-whitey or seals on scooters... this book is a just using those adorable and humorous entities to distract you from realizing it is a vocabulary book. Like it's nursery rhyme ancestors did so well, this children's rhyme sneaks in rare words like greedy, gobble, narrow, nook, craving, twisty into it' more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
June 26, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Smith

This is a lovely, totally wordless picture book about beauty in unexpected places. A little girl experiences a city walk she’s on with her father in a totally different way, noticing and carefully harvesting the beautiful flowers that grow in the cracks of the sidewalk. As her bouquet grows, she also notices potential recipients for her tiny beauties. The flowers serve as a funeral bouquet for a bird, decorations for a napping man’s shoe, and ornaments for her mother’s hair. Mostly black-and- more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 8, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen

Nothing about her dad's second marriage is good news for Sarah Robinson --  not her new, beautiful step-mother; her move from Texas to California; and especially not her new step-brothers, Marco and Nacho. Sarah's parents think that a family vacation on a chartered boat will help the family bond, but when a storm destroys their boat and strands them on a mysterious island, surviving becomes their number one priority. With lots of action, suspense, and creepy creatures, Shipwreck Island is more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This is an excellent read-alike for fans of Raina Telgemeier and for fans of graphic novels exploring the middle grades. It’s a coming-of-age story about a 12-yr-old girl named Astrid who is lost and drifting away from the best friend she’s had since first grade. Astrid signs up for roller derby camp and is broken-hearted to discover that her best friend, Nicole, won’t be joining her. Nicole has signed up for dance more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds

Following admirably in the giant footsteps of Godzilla and King Kong, author Aaron Reynolds (Creepy Carrots) and illustrator Jeremy Tankard (Grumpy Bird) bring us Destructosaurus, the biggest and baddest threat the city has ever seen. Why has he come out of the sea? What is he looking for?  Most importantly, will Destructosaurus finally learn some manners before the city is destroyed? Whether you're naturally destructive or a neatnick, this story will resonate in a BIG way! more

Reviewed by Abby on
May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

How many parents have had this experience?  “Mama, I can’t fall asleep”.  This is Chengdu‘s plight.  Chengdu is a small panda, wide awake while all the other pandas in the bamboo grove snooze peacefully.  No matter how he tries, wiggles, twitches or twists, sleep eludes him.   Finally, like many children, Chengdu seeks out his brother, Yuan, cuddles up to him and drifts off.  But, now Yuan is wide awake! Barney Saltzberg has created a gentle, humorous bedtime more

Reviewed by Ruth on
May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale

Welcome to the most 'deliciously exotic, delightfully luxurious, and ravishingly beautiful resort on earth.'At the end of the nineteenth century, people from all over the world travel to Ronan Rackham's resort and zoo to experience the jungle. Marvin, one of Ronan's sons, helps at the zoo and is often overlooked because he doesn't say much due to his stuttering.  When Marvin is with the animals though, he can speak with ease.  After a successful hunt for a man-eating jaguar, his more

Reviewed by Jody on
May 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

A gorgeous non-fiction picture book for spring, Raindrops Roll combines beautiful nature photography with simple, poetic words describing the science of raindrops.  Boasting animals and vegetation with all kinds of colors, shapes, and textures, this book isn’t just about rain, but how everything it falls on is affected.  Concluding with two pages of more in-depth scientific explanation for school-aged kids, this book is great for both its beautiful images, and an intro to water more

Reviewed by Carra on
May 11, 2015 | 0 comments