Max's Logbook

Max's Logbook

by Marissa Moss
     
 

A beloved and best-selling author debuts on Scholastic Press with an exciting new series!

Clever, curious Max, a budding scientist, begins a logbook to record his hilarious experiments and ideas for inventions. In a journal-like style, his logbook also introduces us to his school, friends, family, and an inventive comic strip, Alien Erasers. But most touching of

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A beloved and best-selling author debuts on Scholastic Press with an exciting new series!

Clever, curious Max, a budding scientist, begins a logbook to record his hilarious experiments and ideas for inventions. In a journal-like style, his logbook also introduces us to his school, friends, family, and an inventive comic strip, Alien Erasers. But most touching of all is Max's struggle to adjust to his parents' impending divorce. And while Max tries to control the uncontrollable through his wacky scientific experiments, (like the robot that will keep his family together) he soon learns that Dad's new house has possibilitities of becoming a second home.

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From the author of Amelia's Notebook, Marissa Moss, comes this entertaining and thoughtful book about a young scientist who logs his zany experiments and reveals his feelings about his parents' separation. Made to look like an actual logbook, with jovial drawings on graph paper and funny side notes, Max's journals reflect a good-natured kid who has a zest for life but struggles with the tension prevailing at home. Readers follow Max as he experiments with marshmallows in the microwave (making "Godzilla Puff") and talks about his jowl-cheeked teacher, but slowly the scientist begins pondering his parents' situation and wondering if he can talk with anyone about it ("Experiment #5: How to get moody, easily irritated older brother in the mood to talk to his beloved younger brother"). By the end, Max has learned some conflict resolution techniques and slowly gets acclimated to having one parent out of the house. On a visit to their dad's new digs, he and his brother begin to accept the fact that the family is indeed different now: "Dad's apartment was still a strange place," Max notes, but "it definitely didn't feel like an alien world." Creative in execution and subtle in message, Moss's glimpse into Max's life is guaranteed to keep you in stitches and also get you thinking seriously about kids' reactions to divorce.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439466608
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/17/2003
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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