MADreads for Kids

A review of ​​You DON'T Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

Rainbows? Glitter? Unicorns? What's not to love? This fun new book considers the very real ramifications of having a unicorn for a pet. Sure, it sounds like fun, but have you ever thought about the consequences? Text and pictures combine to tell the whole story, requiring careful observation and lots of opportunities for conversations around the illustrations and real life similarities. Both simple enough for younger kids but with enough irreverence and bodily humor (pooping cupcakes!) to ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
April 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

This is the first book in the Narwhal and Jelly series. It is super cute and shares an important message: we're all awesome in our own way and it's easy to discover the world (or ocean) before you when you're exploring together. The book starts off with Narwhal meeting Jelly. They are surprised to discover the other exists. They each explain their various characteristics and both are a little skeptical that they are not conjuring up their new friend with their imagination. Once it's established ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

A gentle story about a man who delivers all the many messages set out to sea in bottles. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Dial Books, 2016) by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is beautifully rendered in soft pastels and fine lines. The words are spare and poetic – “for a letter can hold the treasure of a clam-hugged pearl” and, “he felt loneliness as sharp as fish scales.” We feel this sadness and hope the deliverer of all these paper messages finds happiness himself. It ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada and her brother face a lot of issues. They have their mean, selfish mother to worry about and the violent and scary war. Even though the war is awful, it ends up saving their lives. This book leaves you wondering what will happen next at the flip of every page. Read this wonderful and exciting book to enjoy all of Ada’s adventures. -- Eva B., guest reviewer and Girl Scout ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
March 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

A beautiful book that introduces numbers and counting. The illustrations are lush and uncluttered and the rhyming scheme of the text flows wonderfully. It includes some vocabulary that very young children probably haven't encountered yet, which is always a good thing. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
March 17, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

This is a stunning Art Deco version of Snow White set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.  It.  Is.  Gorgeous. The graphic novel opens with Snow and her mother frolicking in Central Park.  The mother collapses and the reader sees blood in the snow.  Snow's mother never recovers, leaving the young girl and her father heartbroken and bereft.  We witness the subsequent marriage of Snow's wealthy and widowed father to a Ziegfeld girl and Snow packing for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 16, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

When seventh-grader Stef Soto and one of her best friends win tickets to a concert, she tries to prove to her parents that she’s old and responsible enough to go. Her parents are apprehensive about it and more importantly, need help with running the family business, a taco truck named Tía Perla. Amongst juggling friendships, the frustrations of growing up with overprotective parents yet loving them unconditionally, and standing up for what she believes in, Stef has to find her balance and stick ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
March 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle

Are you familiar with Raggedy Ann? She's a gentle rag doll with red yarn hair and a sweet smile. It's believed that her sweetness comes from the "I LOVE YOU" candy heart that lives inside her stuffing. That just makes me melt. I mean, really. This charming classic includes all of the original Raggedy Ann stories in which Raggedy comes to live in Marcella's nursery and leads the charge of dollies into the pantry and on many other adventures. My personal favorites include Raggedy Ann Learns a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of [Heart] 2 [heart] by Lois Ehlert

Veggies and fruits in bold, bright colors, and lots of rebus riddles to decipher mean this love-filled little # by picture book author extraordinaire Lois Ehlert is never out of season--2 much F(onion)!       ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

I used to read short stories quite often, but it has been a long time since I had picked up a short story collection.  I was super excited to read Flying Lessons & Other Stories, not only because it has stories by some fantastic authors, but also because of the short story format.  And I was not disappointed.   I laughed and cried, and came away glad that I had an opportunity to get to know these characters. Flying Lessons & Other Stories  is edited by Ellen Oh, the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 17, 2017 | 0 comments