Friday, January 22, 2016

Behold Max the Brave

I have a wonderful picture book today that any fan of John Klassen's I Want My Hat Back will adore. Kids will see that you can fool some folks some of the time, but in the end, the cat will just come back to haunt you!

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Title: Max the Brave

Author: Ed Vere

Target: Preschool - Grade 2

What this book is about: 
Max is such a cute cat that he often gets dressed up by others in bows. But he is not Max the Sweet, he is Max the Brave!  As he goes to search for a mouse to chase he first has to figure out what a mouse looks like.  After asking several animals, he comes across a mammal that looks suspiciously close to a mouse, but the animal informs him that he is indeed a monster and that the mouse is sound asleep … that way.  After being eaten and subsequently sneezed out by the “mouse” Max decides that chasing “monsters” who look strangely like mice is a better deal.

Why I love this book:
Kids will love the ruse played upon cat as he tries to find his mouse to chase.  Of course the fact that our actual mouse never gets away with his trickery means that his treacherous deeds did not allow him to win in the end.

The visuals in this book are incredibly striking.  The animals as simple black shapes against the backdrop of bold colors make the visuals just pop off the page.

Who this book is for: 
This book is reminiscent of I Want My Hat Back, but with none of the actual implied eating of the perpetrator.  Kids who enjoy Klassen’s stories will love this book.  Of course kids who enjoy laughing will be enthralled because this story is chalk full of giggles.

Final thoughts: 
Max the Delightful!

To purchase this book:
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