Max and Zoe are about to get an ice cream treat when Max takes a tumble off a rock wall. The result is that Max has to go to the doctor for stitches instead of going for the treat. However, Max learns that the treatment is not so bad, especially when Zoe does the splits and a headstand right in the office to distract Max. Before he knows it the stitches are in and it's time for ice cream after all. This easy-to-read book offers a topic in which kids might need some reassurance. The book is written at a 1.7 reading level and large type and short sentences make it a successful read for early readers. The ideas of playing at the park, wanting a treat, having a problem and getting help from adults are ones to which children can relate. The tale is one of friendship and fun. Simple, colorful illustrations fit the text and aid in comprehension. A short glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, an activity on how to make a banana split and other resources are included at the end. This is but one of the many "Max and Zoe" books that deal with everyday topics for young children. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
Shelley Swanson Sateren is the award-winning author of many children’s books. She has worked as a children’s book editor and in a children’s bookstore. Today, besides writing, Shelley works with elementary-school-aged children in various settings. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and two sons.
Mary Sullivan has been drawing and writing her whole life, which has mostly been spent in Texas. She earned a BFA from the University of Texas in Studio Art but considers herself a self-trained illustrator. Mary lives in Cedar Park, a suburb of Austin, Texas. She loves to go swimming in the lake with her dog.