Adventures of Max and Pinky: the Mystery


MAX AND PINKY have painted the barn a nice, classic shade of red. But the next morning?it?s pink! They paint it again, but the very next day it?s plaid! What is going on?!

Something weird is going on?weird and mysterious! But never fear, adventure-loving readers. The best buds will ask the silliest questions, make the nuttiest alarm system, and get stuck in all sorts of place while searching?whatever it takes ...

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MAX AND PINKY have painted the barn a nice, classic shade of red. But the next morning—it’s pink! They paint it again, but the very next day it’s plaid! What is going on?!

Something weird is going on—weird and mysterious! But never fear, adventure-loving readers. The best buds will ask the silliest questions, make the nuttiest alarm system, and get stuck in all sorts of place while searching—whatever it takes to crack the case!

Hmm—doesn’t that gopher look a little suspicious?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this latest Adventures of Max and Pinky installment, the Charlie Brown look-alike and his pig best friend work all day to paint their barn, only to discover that someone has repainted it overnight. What's more, the culprit marches to a very different drummer: one morning the barn is pink, the next plaid. With help from a Rube Goldberg-like alarm system (rendered in a very funny blueprint spread), the miscreant is finally revealed as... Pinky himself. Is this the end of a beautiful friendship? Peppering his story with deadpan asides ("This is getting weird," says the horse) and visual jokes (Pinky subjects a squirrel to an interrogation under a naked light bulb), Eaton (The Best Buds) once again elevates goofiness to fine art. He gets considerable comic mileage out of his simply drawn characters and their dialogue balloon remarks. Even more to his credit, he makes an admirable statement about the nature of friendship without ever turning preachy. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Eaton has written a funny and mysterious tale about Max and his friend Pinky, the pig. One day they decide to paint the barn. They paint it red and finish before it gets dark. Then they go to sleep. When they awake the next morning, the barn is a bright pink. It is a mystery as to who did this. So they paint it red again and wait in the barn to guard it. Alas, they fall asleep and when they wake-up, the barn is still red but it now has black lines running through it. They look for clues around the barn but find none. Then they decide to set a trap and draw up a plan that looks simple but is a bit complex. The alarm goes off during the night. Max wakes up but Pinky is not in his bed. Max goes outdoors with a flashlight and sees a still sleeping Pinky on a ladder and he is painting the barn blue! Max has solved the mystery. Pinky is the sleepwalking mystery painter, but Max does not tell him. They leave the barn blue and Pinky says, "We'll get him someday!" Max agrees while Pinky says, "Now let's go paint the house!" This is a delightful book that will capture a child's interest. Beginner readers can easily read the text and toddlers will enjoy the pictures. The illustrations are mainly done in primary colors and are childlike. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375838071
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: The Adventures of Max and Pinky Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maxwell Eaton III’s “offbeat, irreverent, and affectionate” tales of friendship and adventure began with the “smart, yet silly and accessible,” acording to a Bulletin starred review, Best Buds and continued in the sublimely funny Superheroes. Maxwell lives in Saranac Lake, New York, but he’s moving soon. He’s not sure where yet—it’s a mystery! But you can visit him anytime at

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Mysterious and funny!

    Another wonderful Max and Pinky book (I think this is the third one). Max and Pinky keep painting the barn and someone else keeps painting it crazy colors while they're asleep. The guys go on a hilarious investigation to figure out who done it! As always, colorful artwork with lots of little things for kids to find on each page (follow the groundhog as he gets covered with more and more paint!). And very funny. I recommend the whole series.

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