MADreads for Kids

A review of Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson

Vivid oil paintings accompany this unique version of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. “Goldilocks loved to pick blueberries,” and she discovers the Bears' home while she is out picking them. She walks inside and here the traditional story ensues; she eats porridge, breaks a chair and falls asleep. When the bears find her sleeping, though, Baby Bear asks to keep her (instead of her running away). Goldilocks is then put to work making the beds and weaving canes to repair the chair. All of a sudden more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
August 12, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

When Ethan finds out his monster, Gabe, has gone fishing for the week, he's beside himself. How can anyone get to sleep without their monster under the bed?! A series of substitute monsters follows, but Ethan can always find something wrong with them. He's about to give up, when Gabe comes back early and helps Ethan sleep with some familiar green ooze. A fun bedtime story for all monster lovers, I Need My Monster is a great twist on the standard "monster under my bed" tale. For more more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 29, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Would you press a giant red button that fell from the sky encased within a meteorite? Ignoring the protests from Joseph, Zita pushes the button, opening a wormhole just long enough for the mechanized tendrils of the Screed to snatch Joseph and lead Zita on a chase through another world chasing the nasty alien and her friend. Along the way, Zita meets some imaginative and unusual alien allies who join the rescue effort. The illustrations in this graphic novel do a wondrous job conveying the more

Reviewed by Jesse on
July 22, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator by Mo Willems

Mo Willems, who has charmed us all with pigeons, bunnies and elephants, turns to a funny little alligator for his latest book. Willems's illustrations are spot-on and full of life. It’s amazing to see how he can capture such a broad range of emotion with just a few simple lines! In Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! we get 6 -- no make that 6 ½ -- silly tales that continually surprise and amuse. Amanda likes to spend her day with her nose in a favorite library book, while Alligator more

Reviewed by Trent on
July 15, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of One Smart Cookie by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

One Smart Cookie is the latest in a series aimed at teaching big words to little people. Written for children in grades K-2, One Smart Cookie introduces words like “procrastinate,” “diligent,” “empathy” and many more. The words are big, and the concepts complex, but Rosenthal does a brilliant job both defining the words and relating the concepts to a child’s life using cookie-based lessons. “Integrity means, It doesn’t matter whether anyone sees or not. I know inside myself more

Reviewed by Jill O on
July 8, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of When I'm Big by Paula Hannigan

An ingenious system of sliding panels adds an element of excitement and whimsy to this gorgeous board book about imagining what the future could bring. The rich colors of the illustrations invite you to linger on each page a little longer than usual. The surprising changes in the pictures when you slide the panels up will bring a smile to your lips. In one spread, a rocket ship blasts off, another shows a daring firefighter on an extending ladder, yet another reveals a tall and very tasty- more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
June 30, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Press Here by Herve Tullet

Who can pass up the enticing promise of the unpushed button? Since I have to press every embarrassingly loud singing stuffed anything that proclaims “Try me!” I certainly wasn’t going to turn down the invitation to Press Here on the cover of Hervé Tullet’s new picture book. Would it squeak like a duck?  Would it light up with little twinkly lights? What kind of fancy new-fangled book was this?Turns out, Press Here contains not a single bell, whistle, light, pixel or more

Reviewed by Abby on
June 25, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of April and Esme, Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham

Ever wonder where the tooth fairy lives? What her family is like? How old she is? April and Esme, Tooth Fairies, written and illustrated by Bob Graham, is a whimsical, yet remarkably down-to-earth story of two young tooth fairies on their first mission. April and Esme are sister fairies who get “the call” that a tooth is ready for pick up. Despite their parents’ misgivings about the trip and feeling that April and Esme are "far too youn," the parents finally yield. Delighted, the more

Reviewed by Tracy on
June 16, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Doodle Dandies: Poems that Take Shape by J. Patrick Lewis

The Poetry Foundation recently announced that J. Patrick Lewis, author of more than 50 poetry books for children, has been selected as its new Children’s Poet Laureate.  Lewis is the third poet, after Jack Prelutsky and Mary Ann Hoberman, to receive this honor. Doodle Dandies:  Poems that Take Shape is a clever collection of poems by Lewis in which more

Reviewed by mpladmin on
May 25, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

A whimsical, redemptive story about how good manners can make all the difference. Lulu, a spoiled only child, wants a pet brontosaurus for her birthday. She screeches and flails to no avail when her parents adamantly say, “No.” Lulu packs a suitcase and runs off into the big forest to find her pet. She encounters and even brawls with bigger, scary animals, but she proves to be tougher and meaner. That is, until she meets the brontosaurus and finds herself unable to go back home. The short more

Reviewed by Jody on
May 4, 2011 | 0 comments