MADreads for Kids

A review of Hip-Pocket Papa by Sandra Markle

Jump into this fascinating book about a frog “no bigger than a thumbnail.” Hip-Pocket Papa, by Sandra Markle, will excite young non-fiction readers and picture book enthusiasts alike. The book begins with a small hip-pocket frog hiding “beneath a button-sized mushroom cap” in the Australian rainforest. The pages colorfully illustrate the lives of two parent frogs and their “developing brood.” We learn that the pearl-like frog eggs are hidden beneath “orange and brown leaves” in a “glob ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming

Well, actually, Clever Jack Takes the Cake in this exciting picture book by Candace Fleming. Jack is invited to the princess’s birthday party, but he has nothing to give her for a present. After some quick thinking and delicious baking, he makes her the best birthday cake in the land -- but can he get it to the castle in one piece? With a little something for everyone (adventure, princesses, trolls, and even a dancing bear!), this is a surefire book to read aloud or share one on one with your ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
April 26, 2011 | 0 comments