Alien Eraser Reveals the Secrest of Evolution (Max Disaster Series #3)

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Max grapples with the outrageousness of divorced parents beginning to date — and other mysteries of evolution — in his third quirky notebook.

Welcome to Max’s book of inventions, experiments, comic strips, and random thoughts about school, the universe, evolution, and parents who definitely don’t act the way parents are supposed to act. Luckily for Max, he has a place to jot down his biggest questions and most amazing discoveries. This zany mix of comics, concoctions, and ...

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Overview

Max grapples with the outrageousness of divorced parents beginning to date — and other mysteries of evolution — in his third quirky notebook.

Welcome to Max’s book of inventions, experiments, comic strips, and random thoughts about school, the universe, evolution, and parents who definitely don’t act the way parents are supposed to act. Luckily for Max, he has a place to jot down his biggest questions and most amazing discoveries. This zany mix of comics, concoctions, and contraptions helps Max tells the story of his topsy-turvy life and how he comes to terms with a changing family.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Max is at that awkward stage in his life when many personal changes are happening. This is tough for both boys and girls; however, Max is trying to understand what is happening to him and even though he is a budding scientist who would prefer a simple life, his world is anything but that. Throughout the book are pages where the Alien Eraser is solving scientific problems that provide excellent facts. Other pages have the continuing story of Max dealing with his personal life that presents a lot of events that "just blow his mind." He creates a list of the top ten gross things in his life and the number one gross thing is seeing his mother getting dressed for a date. That beat out his brother's pimples and hearing someone vomit. He provides essential information for the reader such as how to avoid being noticed by a teacher and how to ward off girls. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and the author has managed to take a very serious life-changing situation and add just enough humor (with advice) to make this book a sure hit with kids. I liked the fact that at the very end, Max makes a chart (for his own use only) with the items that he would like to change about himself. This is number three in the "Max Disaster" series. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Max cannot imagine anything grosser than his mother dating again. His brother's pimples, overflowing toilets, and teachers dressed up like Little Bo Peep don't even compare. When his mom tries to talk to him about it, his answer is, "You're too old to date. Period. End of sentence." Things are changing so quickly that his usual coping mechanism of drawing comics isn't even making him feel better. The boy comes to understand, with a little help from a class on evolution, that change is inevitable, and he is left wondering what the future will bring for him. This story is told in a series of lists, comic panels, and illustrated text. The font in the comic panels' speech bubbles is extremely small, and the sequencing of text throughout the book is confusing. Some of the lists start on the bottom of the page, while others start at the top, and the overall effect is too busy. For a graphic novel with science involved, try Jarrett J. Krosoczka's "Lunch Lady" books (Knopf) or Eleanor Davis's The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook (Bloomsbury, 2009), and for family stories, Jimmy Gownley's "Amelia Rules" series (S & S) is a better choice.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644192
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Max Disaster Series , #3
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,240,406
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marissa Moss is the creator of the first two books in the Max Disaster series as well as many other books for young readers, including the hugely popular Amelia’s Notebook series. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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