MADreads for Kids

A review of Tangled Up! More than 40 Creative Prompts, Patterns, and Projects for the Tangler in You by Penny Raile

Too rainy for outdoor play? Are your kids bored with the usual after school activities? For those tweens and teens that love to color, create or doodle, this is a great way to work those creative muscles. Using official tangles to create Zentangle Inspired Art, Raile covers all the basics, the art tools needed, the patterns with step-by-step instructions, and she shares many creative applications and variations on the tangles.  She has divided the book into various types of tangles - more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 11, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Sometimes a yard sale can mean discovering marvelous treasures, fun times with parents or loved ones, or simply a summer day activity. But for Callie, the young protagonist in Yard Sale by Eve Bunting (Candlewick, 2015), it means that she has to give away all of her beloved things and move to a small apartment. Callie watches as a lady buys her bed “with crayon marks on it” and sees a man loading up her favorite red bike onto his truck. In Callie, we see (and feel) the heartache of leaving more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude cakes never say please or thank you. They never listen. In short, they have terrible manners. In this book, watch what happens when a rude cake meets a well-mannered giant cyclops. Accompanied by lovely whimsical illustrations of a mis-behaving cake and the adventures they gets into, this is a fantastic and fantastical book that I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Seriously, it's the cutest little thing. Take a look! more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Sewing by Janith Bergeron

What’s the next “new thing”? Something Great Grandma probably did often: sewing! Sewing is making a major comeback. New stitching fans are drawn to the sense of self-expression, independence and personal authenticity. Trying to figure out where to begin when guiding a young person who expresses an interest in sewing? The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing is an excellent resource. The initial chapters focus on hand sewing to familiarize kids with the mechanics. Generous sidebar boxes more

Reviewed by Ruth on
August 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Americanine: A Haute Dog of New York by Yann Kebbi

Where do I begin? This is a sophisticated, oversized picture book that is told from the point of view of a French dog who returns to Paris after visiting New York. The illustrations are bold, colored pencil renderings of NYC that are so accurate and frenetic you know exactly where you are, like Grand Central Station or Central Park, but they're also somewhat dreamy and impressionistic. The author's note explains that the book was illustrated from memory from his days living as a student in New more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 17, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Binny for Short by Hilary McKay

This is a summer book. A perfect, dreamy, hazy, charming and smart summer book. Everybody, young and old, should grab a copy and sprawl out on the lawn and read it right now, because fall will be upon us before we know it. The Cornwallis family has been through a lot. Mr Cornwallis died unexpectedly, and the rest of the boisterous family was displaced to a cramped apartment. To add insult to injury eleven-year-old Binny’s beloved dog was shuffled between relatives in the chaos, and then old more

Reviewed by Beth on
August 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic by Neil Gaiman

Any fans of Neil Gaiman should probably check this out. It's the standard story of Hansel and Gretel, the woodcutter's children who are left in the woods when then the family is hit by hard times. One night Hansel hears his parents, worried over their lack of food, discuss leaving him and his sister in the woods. Being resourceful and forewarned, Hansel uses whites stones to guide the pair back to the arms of their parents. However, there is still not enough food and again they are led off into more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Monkey goes bananas by C.P. Bloom

This is a fresh look at the conundrum of the monkey on an island who has a yen for the bunch of bananas hanging from a tree on another island, separated by water, and a hungry predator, in this case, a shark.  Bloom and Raymundo have created a story with just a few words, and highly expressive, cartoon-style illustrations.  Monkey tries various methods to reach the bananas, or make the bananas reach him, and is foiled again and again, in progressively more dramatic and hilarious ways more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

Okay, I admit it, I picked this one for the cover, but can you blame me?  With the rearing dragon, the perfect castle right out of Disneyland and the witch silhouettes sneaking up the mountains, this book promised some major excitement.  But, wow, did it deliver!  With a few sly nods to traditional princess tales, M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy boldly lays claim to fresh fairytale territory where behavior trumps birth, what you don't know can kill you, and where the strength, more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

Sitting in his first Broadway audition, Nate realizes it’s better to be simple and honest, “SPECIAL SKILLS: I thought a pirouette was a pasty, before this audition, and if that’s any indication of how much I could learn in New York, I hope I have a chance to live here…” Tim Federle’s Nate is a dreamer, a big dreamer on a big adventure in New York City. In Nate we find a character who refuses to settle for being anything less than his fabulous self, even if that self doesn’t fit into his small more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
July 17, 2015 | 0 comments