Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 4

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Hot on the heels of its back-by-popular-demand return to the pages of OWL Magazine, the Max Finder Mystery comic finds its way back to the world of books. The fourth title in this unique graphic novel series features ten new solve-it-yourself mysteries starring amateur detective Max Finder, aspiring journalist and sidekick Alison Santos, and science geek/forensics expert Zoe Palgrave. Plus, three never-before-published stories are included — each one told from the perspective of one of the lead characters. Max ...

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Overview

Hot on the heels of its back-by-popular-demand return to the pages of OWL Magazine, the Max Finder Mystery comic finds its way back to the world of books. The fourth title in this unique graphic novel series features ten new solve-it-yourself mysteries starring amateur detective Max Finder, aspiring journalist and sidekick Alison Santos, and science geek/forensics expert Zoe Palgrave. Plus, three never-before-published stories are included — each one told from the perspective of one of the lead characters. Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 4's combination of intriguing and relevant storylines, compelling illustrations, snappy dialogue, and bonus content will keep pre-teens engaged with hours of whodunit fun.

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Publishers Weekly
As a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in junior high, Max Finder runs through the pages solving short but interesting mysteries and encouraging readers to help him. While the fourth book in the series, it's easy for new readers to dive right in thanks to character explanations in the beginning. There are 13 mystery tales in all, three of which are short stories; the rest are in comic book form. Each story has a central mystery—like “Who stole the museum's painting?” “Who cheated at chess?” “Who planted the stink bomb?”—that gets solved on the last page, right after Max asks the readers if they've figured it out. On the last page of each story the perpetrator is named, along with how and why he or she committed the crime. Clues are laid out for the sharp eye and clever reader in everything from dialogue to art details in the background, which the clean, inviting art by Perez makes a pleasure to search for. This series is aimed for children and up, so in general younger readers might sift for clues while adults find them with much more ease. These stories previously ran in Owl magazine. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
As a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in junior high, Max Finder runs through the pages solving short but interesting mysteries and encouraging readers to help him. While the fourth book in the series, it's easy for new readers to dive right in thanks to character explanations in the beginning. There are 13 mystery tales in all, three of which are short stories; the rest are in comic book form. Each story has a central mystery—like “Who stole the museum's painting?” “Who cheated at chess?” “Who planted the stink bomb?”—that gets solved on the last page, right after Max asks the readers if they've figured it out. On the last page of each story the perpetrator is named, along with how and why he or she committed the crime. Clues are laid out for the sharp eye and clever reader in everything from dialogue to art details in the background, which the clean, inviting art by Perez makes a pleasure to search for. This series is aimed for children and up, so in general younger readers might sift for clues while adults find them with much more ease. These stories previously ran in Owl magazine. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Taken from the pages of OWL Magazine, this collection of Max Finder mysteries follows the junior sleuth and his friends as they crack cases ranging from stolen gifts to Halloween pranks to kidnapped dogs. Told through a mix of comic book-style stories interspaced with prose stories, each mystery invites readers to re-examine the circumstances of each crime and solve the mystery themselves before turning the page and reading the final solution. While the writers and artist slip in several false leads and red herrings to throw kids off track, careful readers who take the time to examine each comic panel and backtrack through each tale should be able to find the culprit for each crime—although they may not discover all the surprising clues the creators left for them. It is an entertaining collection of cases, done in the spirit of Donald Sobol's "Encyclopedia Brown" detective book series, yet definitely aimed at a younger crowd. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Max Finder and his friend Alison often work together to solve mysteries that happen in and around their Canadian hometown of Whispering Meadows. Ten of the stories are in comic form, and three are straight narratives, but they all have the same basic structure: a crime is committed, the kids collect clues and interview suspects, and Max or Alison announces that he or she knows who the culprit is. Readers then turn the page to see whodunit and why. Because the short stories originally appeared serialized in Owl magazine, the episodes can be somewhat repetitive, an issue that may be solved simply by not reading the book cover to cover. The mysteries also seem a bit too easy to solve—sometimes readers can successfully intuit the guilty party without the benefit of any of the clues at all. Still, they're a lot of fun, and the addition of visual clues to the familiar minute-mystery format enhances the enjoyment. The good news is that for fans of Max Finder, there are three previous volumes to devour.—Jason M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NY
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“…short but interesting mysteries…Clues are laid out for the sharp eye and clever reader in everything from dialogue to art details in the background, which the clean, inviting art by Perez makes a pleasure to search for.”
-- Publishers Weekly
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