Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Wet Bed

Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Wet Bed

by Howard J. Bennett, Spike Gerrell
     
 

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Max Archer, Kid Detective is a genuine, funny story that addresses bedwetting in an upfront way. Max used to wet the bed, and now wants to share what he knows about staying dry. Kids are given a concrete plan , that may just motivate them to solve their own bedwetting problem! Extra fun activities and a Q&A for parents round out this kid-friendly resource.  See more details below

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Max Archer, Kid Detective is a genuine, funny story that addresses bedwetting in an upfront way. Max used to wet the bed, and now wants to share what he knows about staying dry. Kids are given a concrete plan , that may just motivate them to solve their own bedwetting problem! Extra fun activities and a Q&A for parents round out this kid-friendly resource.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christine Cassello
The title and cover of this book are misleading. Max Archer is not solving a mystery; he is helping a boy understand why he still wets the bed at night and what he can do to stop it. It contains illustrations and scientific explanations of the function of our bladders and kidneys in making pee and poop. Max explains this to Billy and gives him advice on how he can learn to stop wetting the bed at night. Some of the problem, Max tells him, is his poop not being the right consistency. He explains how that can be improved by eating the right foods and shows him a way to train his body to control the urge to have to pee. It would be a good source material for a science class, but is not a book kids would read for entertainment. The back of the book contains extra material explaining how to keep regular bowel movements by eating fruits and vegetables. There is a word search puzzle, badges for kids to make and questions and answers for parents on the subject of bedwetting. Reviewer: Christine Cassello
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—In this chapter book, eight-year-old Billy seeks help from Max, who assures him that he is not the only one with a bed-wetting problem. The kid detective explains where urine comes from and how the body gets rid of it. Billy is put on "Poop Patrol" to monitor his bowel movements, which can affect how his bladder reacts, and on the Stream Team to monitor his urine flow during the day and to practice getting up to go at night. He is expected to make a nighttime record of how often and how much he wets the bed ("dry night," "small wet," "large wet"). Max explains that over time he will be successful. End pages include a "Word Search" ("Find food words that will make poops soft!"), information on "How to Become a Super Duper Pooper," and a Q&A for parents. The comical illustrations are done with computer graphics in mostly teal and orange tones. This is a useful resource, but most kids would be too embarrassed to check it out. It would be best kept in counselors' or parenting collections.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Kirkus Reviews

Max is a detective who likes to "help kids with their problems"—this case takes on bedwetting.

Max relates to Billy's issue of often waking up in a wet bed; he did not outgrow bedwetting until he "was eleven years old!" The fictional story allows Max to carefully take Billy and readers through this easy-to-read informational book about how to stay dry at night. Bennett strikes the right balance between story and self-help to provide a title whose tone and careful explanations both parents and kids will appreciate. The book puts the problem in context: "five million kids in the United States...go to bed...not knowing if they will wake up wet or dry." What follows is a clear plan ably complemented by Gerrell's superb cartoon illustrations of Max and Billy on the case as they investigate the digestive system, how a bladder works and ways to better signal the brain to get up and go. At the back of the book there is extra information about pooping and its impact on bedwetting, a word search about proper foods to eat and a "Q&A About Bedwetting (Just for Parents!)"

Even if there were not an alarming dearth of titles on this subject aimed at kids, this would stand out as a most thorough, highly readable resource. (Blended nonfiction. 6-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433809545
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
946,107
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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