MADreads for Kids

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
A review of Special Delivery by Philip Christian Stead

When Sadie decides to send her lonely Great-Aunt Josephine an elephant, nothing will stand in her way. This great picture book features a loveable, determined little girl as she finds herself in the midst of a grand adventure. The illustrations remind me of a mix of Shel Silverstein, Quentin Blake, and  Don Madden, bringing to life a colorful cast of characters, including courageous women, helpful mailmen, and some not-so-nefarious monkeys. (Seriously. The monkeys attempt a robbery more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
May 1, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Ballad by Blexbolex

Perhaps you’ve already enjoyed other brightly-illustrated picture books by the French artist who goes by Blexbolex, like People or Seasons. If so, you know how captivating his simple screen-print illustrations can be. So captivating, in fact, that hardly any words are necessary to transport you through a world of wild more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Naptime by Iris de Mouy

If you have ever argued over naptime (as a child or a parent), then this is the book for you! It is naptime on the savannah, but the animals are NOT interested. In her distinctive illustration style, Iris De Mouy, shows the many ways the animals try to avoid their sleepy fate but are outsmarted by one little girl. With simple, short sentences and bright, vivid pictures, this is a great choice for young children (especially sleepy ones!). more

Reviewed by Krissy on
April 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

A martial arts book for newly independent readers with generous, attractive illustrations AND a female protagonist? Yes, please! Bunjitsu Bunny  stars the brave, but never aggressive rabbit, Isabel.  Each chapter is a stand-alone story about different encounters she has, making this a perfect bedtime book (no stressful cliffhangers!). My personal favorite chapters are those in which she avoids a fight with a bully and in which she “defeats the angry wave” by realizing that it only more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom

The ancient fable of the lion and the mouse bursts from the page in this brilliant new adaptation by Jenny Broom and Nahta Noj. Featuring cutouts on every page, crisp colors and inventive typography, this retelling is as visually refreshing as its message of cooperation and friendship is timeless. The generous pops of color and the prospect of peeking through the pages pull in preschoolers while the text's varied fonts and sizes effortlessly reinforce the pre-reading skill of "print awareness more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 7, 2015 | 0 comments