Have you ever had to move and leave everything you love? Moving can be stressful and not very exciting for a child that has no desire to move. I stayed in my hometown until I went away to college. Moving was super exciting to me because I was ready for all of the new experiences. For a young child, I can see how frightening a big move can be.
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About Madison Miles and the Big, Big Move by Dara Nichole
A 12-year-old girl has to move from Georgia to Michigan because her dad accepted a new job there. Madison Miles is not feeling this move to Detroit. She is absolutely mad at the world over this big, big move. Madison is going to have to start all over again! Her parents act like this isn’t such a big deal as if her whole world isn’t getting turned upside down. Ugh, parents just don’t understand.
Our Thoughts on Madison Miles and the Big, Big Move
First of all, we LOVE Madison Miles! Madison Miles and the Big, Big Move was a huge winner in our home! We read this book as a family read aloud. This is a chapter book so the original plan was to read one chapter a night, but we ended up finishing the book in just TWO days. Yes, it was THAT good. Jordyn was so fascinated with Madison’s little spunky personality. She could relate to this book and it’s characters in so many ways. Jordyn has moved to another city before and one of the characters in the book has a YouTube channel! She was so shocked that Madison’s new friend vlogged just like her. It was so cool to her and I admit it was kind of cool to me too. Check out Jordyn’s YouTube channel Double J And Play.
Chapter Books for Kids
The chapter book doesn’t have many pictures in it of course, but the ones that are is amazing! I really love the illustrations by Richard Meril. The illustrations are so colorful and full of life and I love how each character looks. When Jordyn first flipped through the book, she was thrilled to see some illustrations. At the age of 7, I think chapter books kind of freak her out because she is still used to books having plenty of pictures. I think she is getting more comfortable with chapter books now because this story really grabbed her attention. Maybe she won’t be afraid to pick up a chapter book on her own now.
Vocabulary is a big deal in this book. There are a lot of bolded words in it and most of them were new words for Jordyn to learn. We went over each bold word to see if she knew what it meant. Some of the words she was able to use context clues and figure it out and I was so proud of her! I helped her with words that she struggled with and told her the meaning as well gave her an example as well. I love that this book focused on new words for her to learn!
We definitely recommend this chapter book as a family read aloud or your child can read it on their own if they are of the age to do so. It’s a really fun book and we can’t wait to see what else Madison Miles and her friends are up to in the future! Learn more about Madison Miles and friends and join her fan club by clicking HERE.
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Has your child ever had to move? Are you interested in reading this book? What chapter books for kids are you currently reading? Leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you!