Max and Jax in Second Grade

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Meet Max and Jax as they anxiously await the bell on the last day of second grade. The twins kick off the summer with a slumber party for Jax and a special fishing trip for Max. But even though their adventures don't go exactly as they'd planned, Max and Jax come to realize that being a twin means always having a very special friend.
Jerdine Nolen’s fun-to-read text and Karen Lee Schmidt’s cheerful illustrations harmonize gaily in a warm, engaging story that will encourage ...

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Overview

Meet Max and Jax as they anxiously await the bell on the last day of second grade. The twins kick off the summer with a slumber party for Jax and a special fishing trip for Max. But even though their adventures don't go exactly as they'd planned, Max and Jax come to realize that being a twin means always having a very special friend.
Jerdine Nolen’s fun-to-read text and Karen Lee Schmidt’s cheerful illustrations harmonize gaily in a warm, engaging story that will encourage children who are eager to read—and that will have proud new readers looking forward to more fun with Max and Jax.

Second grade twins Max and Jax prepare to start the summer off right with a fishing trip and a slumber party.

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Publishers Weekly
Nolen's (Raising Dragons) catchy debut installment of a beginning reader series introduces Max and Jax, alligator twins who are obviously very devoted to each other. As second grade draws to a close, the siblings each look forward to a big event: for Jax, a sleepover party with her classmates and, for Max, a fishing trip with his father. Though he is historically a far less successful angler than his sister, Max hopes he will catch a big fish this time, since he has just sent away for a new lure, "guaranteed to work." But the "lucky fishing bait" that Jax has thoughtfully made for him using her special recipe (printed on the back cover) is what finally reels in a whopper, which he proudly and gratefully presents to Jax when he returns home. Though Max is in the spotlight here, Jax (who happily hugs her rainbow trout while her friends squeal at the sight of it) emerges as the more distinctive and multi-dimensional character. Some chapters feature very brief chunks of text while others ramble on, but Schmidt's (What Do You Love?) boldly hued, animated cartoon art will serve as bait to lure beginning readers back for more. Ages 6-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Second grade is just about over and the alligator twins are looking forward to summer vacation. Jax is planning her sleepover party and Max is anticipating a fishing trip with his father. The colorful new lure that he ordered by mail will hopefully allow him to fish as well as his sister. Just in case, Jax puts together her secret bait recipe for him. Schmidt gives readers a playful peek at this bacon bit, peanut butter, and wormy combination. As this beginning chapter book proceeds, Max discovers his sister's homemade concoction to be far more effective than the "Guaranteed to work" mail-order lure. When he catches a big, beautiful rainbow trout, he gives it to his sibling. As in her magically tender Raising Dragons (Harcourt, 1998), Nolen shows a gift for straightforward dialogue that leaves readers feeling enchanted without being otherworldly. Schmidt's appealing artwork matches this tone perfectly, creating playful characters that are distinctively human in nature and alligator in form. Young children are sure to find the colorful clothing and smiling faces of the alligators endearing. The uncontained pictures of fish, writings, and numbers that swirl around many of the pages meld the text and illustrations seamlessly.-Louie Lahana, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Max and Jax are an amiable pair of second graders—incredibly amiable, considering that they are twin alligators. Nolen's (Big Jabe, 2000, etc.) newest characters in this early reader are endeavoring their best to start their summer vacations off on the right foot. Jax has her friends all lined up for a big sleepover, and Max has got a fishing trip arranged with his dad. Max likes nothing more than fishing, even though everyone out-fishes him ten to one. He has sent away for a special lure—"guaranteed to work"—for his trip with his dad, but his sister makes him some of her special fishing bait just in case. (Recipe on the back cover for the stout-of-heart.) Now, that's sisterly. Sure enough, the guaranteed lure fails to produce, but the special bait does the trick. Max—along with his dad's encouragement—decides to bring the big rainbow trout home to Jax. The big fish disgusts her friends, but it's Jax's favorite treat. Schmidt's (What Do You Love?, 2000, etc.) watercolor art, though accomplished, may be a shade puerile for early readers, but Nolen's twins have plenty to offer, such as an example of harmony in the household, and the real gift: generosity. (Easy reader. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152016685
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Max And Jax
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 44
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JERDINE NOLEN is the author of the Bradford Street Buddies easy reader series and numerous picture books including, Raising Dragons , Thunder Rose Plantzilla , and Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm , which was made into a TV-movie by Disney. She is a teacher and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

KAREN LEE SCHMIDT has illustrated many books for children. She divides her time between Virginia and Montana.

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