Mighty Max!

Mighty Max!

by Harriet Ziefert, Elliot Kreloff
     
 

Mighty Max is here and ready to save the day! But every time he tries to do something heroic, his mom and dad make him sit still and be quiet.
This winning story captures that phase when many little boys want to be big, strong heroes but still need their parents to keep them safe.See more details below

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Mighty Max is here and ready to save the day! But every time he tries to do something heroic, his mom and dad make him sit still and be quiet.
This winning story captures that phase when many little boys want to be big, strong heroes but still need their parents to keep them safe.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Max is happily climbing on the monkey bars. When he gets to the top and seems about to fly off, his dad calls out to remind Max that he is not Superman. Max is told to sit on the park bench. Max sits and imagines himself, with flowing red cape, posing atop a tall building. In this imaginary scenario, even Max's little dog sports a red cape. Then Max resumes playing. He climbs a huge pile of rocks until his dad tells him to stop acting like King Kong. Once again, Max must sit down, but when he does, he pictures himself climbing a building and reaching out to grab airplanes flying past. Later, when he takes off on his bike, his dad warns him not to act like Evel Knievel. But Maxwell knows he is not Superman, or King Kong, or Evel Knievel. He is Mighty Max, and Mighty Max will save the day. Max and his dad head off to the beach and Max is able to, if not save the day, at least help out a little. Of course, he finds a big dune to climb, and his dad once again instructs him to sit. Max does sit, for a few minutes. The story should appeal to young kids who do often dream of saving the day. The crayon drawings give life to the thoughts running through Max's mind and show Max and his dog as an appealing, if not dynamic, duo. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Maxwell is a lively little boy with an active imagination. Readers first meet him atop the monkey bars, balancing precariously. His father shouts out, "You're not SUPERMAN. So climb down and sit. You cannot be a bird without hurting yourself." The refrain follows: "Max sat. But not for long." Dad has to remind his son that Max is not King Kong or Evel Knievel. Finally, the child exclaims that he is Mighty Max. The adventure moves to the beach where the superhero rebuilds a wave-washed sand castle and continues to save the day. The collage and crayon illustrations are colorful and exuberant-an enthusiastic Max could have created them himself. This is a fine story to share with the many superheroes who frequent the library.-Linda M. Kenton, Pickleweed Public Library, San Rafael, CA

Kirkus Reviews
Mighty Max, as he calls himself, is an ordinary young boy who likes to wear a red cape. But Max doesn't think he's ordinary, much to his dad's chagrin. And though Max's father does his best to rein in his spunky, silly, daredevil of a son, Max continues to find ways to be the superhero he believes he was meant to be. He climbs rock piles, rides his bike without hands or feet pretending to be Evel Knievel and selflessly saves threatened sand castles at the beach. Whenever Max's dad tells him to sit down, which is often, Max does-"but not for long," as Ziefert's text repeats over and over, ending with this sing-songy reprise. Kreloff's simple childlike drawings appropriately leap off the page. Thick black lines with shots of big color and collage elements seamlessly communicate Max's wild innocence and ebullience. Though Mighty Max may not actually save the day, and certainly deserves a more heroic ending, he'll put smiles on readers' faces. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934706367
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
09/17/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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