MADreads for Kids

A review of Now by Antoinette Portis

Antoinetter Portis' new book Now is a beautiful and poignant look at childhood and all of its favorite things. Childhood is about discovering new favorite things, often that change daily and grown-ups will smile at the familiar shift from one favorite to the next like, "This is my favorite song, because it's the one I am singing." But to me this book is a light handed introduction to mindfulness and a guide to living in the moment. Enjoying amazing things in nature like your favorite breeze, a ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 8, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young

Haggis (a Scottish Terrier) and Tank (a Great Dane) are two very imaginative doggy friends.  They spend most of their time in a back yard, but sometimes they go on adventures in their minds.  In “All Paws on Deck” Tank decides to deck out their little red wagon as a pirate ship.  They sail off into a land of make-believe and have many adventures together!  The format for this book falls right between graphic novel (there are lots of full-color illustrations with speech ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
December 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

Anna Kang's fuzzy purple and brown creatures from You Are (Not) Small and That's (Not) Mine ​are back in this silly and delightful picture book about facing your fears. There are a lot of things to be scared of out there: tubs of hairy spiders, pits of lava, or (eeek!) snakes! But not a roller coaster! Roller coasters are fun! Uh oh, until there is a snake riding on the coaster with you... However, our two brave friends still hop on the coaster for a hilariously illustrated adventure. I love ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
November 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai, audio edition Harper Collins Audio, 2015 read by Lulu Lam Mai, or Mia as she’s known to her friends, is a decided California Beach Girl.  She’s not really into learning about her family’s Viet Namese heritage.  Accompanying her father and grandmother to Viet Nam is not her idea of a fun summer vacation.  However, Om (Grandmother) must know what became of her husband in the last days of the Viet Nam War.  Mai’s father, a doctor, performs ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
November 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Volcanoes by Maria Gill

Let’s face it; some kids prefer to read non-fiction.  These are the kids who are fascinated with almanacs and world records books.  If you’ve got one of these kids in your house, check out the new DK findout! non-fiction series for kids.  Aimed at ages eight to twelve, the series titles cover high-interest topics and each installment includes quizzes, photographs, illustrations, and sidebars with expanded explanations, fast facts and interviews with experts.  Each title is ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus

Billed as a counting book, Cyrus brings much more to this artful picture book.  We count bricks by ones, fives, tens and twenties.  Readers also learn how bricks and mortar are made, and are treated to the math, science, design and artistry involved in bricklaying.  The rhyming text invites repeated read-alouds. And the photo-realistic illustrations are worth multiple visits as well, with a racially diverse cast of characters that range in age from children to grandparents, all ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of FukuFuku by Kanata Konami

Going back over time, I calculate that I've read and written about at least six different cat comics or children's graphic novel series on MADreads.  This does not include a childhood spent reading Garfield.  This does not include my recent (personal) purchasing and reading of the new "Grumpy Cat/Garfield" comic series.  Who knew that Grumpy Cat and Garfield knew each other?!?!?  It's an amazing world!!  I guess what I'm trying to say is that there's a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 19, 2017 | 2 comments
A review of Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

Have you ever looked a group picture and wondered what was happening as the shot was captured? Well, Roxane Orgill’s ‘Jazz Day’ does just that, and more. The photograph Harlem 1958 is now famous for picturing 57 jazz musicians in Harlem on August 12, 1958. Photographer Art Kane called for any and all jazz musicians to gather for the picture and ‘Jazz Day’ places you in the midst of it all through 21 poems.Orgill’s poems tell the story of the jazz greats mingling with up and coming musicians ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
October 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Real Friends by Shannon Hale

All I can say is, wow. Somehow we make it through elementary and middle school friendships. It's not easy. It's not nice. It's not quickly forgotten. And it doesn't seem to get any easier for subsequent generations. Why is that? Shannon Hale's Real Friends is the semi-autobiographical story of Shannon and her childhood best friend Adrienne. Adrienne starts hanging out with the popular girls at school and that leaves Shannon as the odd girl out. Sort of. Shannon is fun and imaginative ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari

Like Mary's Little Lamb, Moose the dog follows her favorite human, Zara, to school in search of love and stories. When attempts to help Moose say "Goodbye" become more madcap than her parents or teachers can handle, Zara thinks of a brilliant solution: "Hello," therapy dog Moose!   Trained therapy dogs provide a patient listening presence for accomplished and struggling readers alike. Several Madison Public Libraries participate in Read to a Dog programs--see the Fall Kidspages for dates ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
October 6, 2017 | 0 comments