The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds

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For Max and Pinky every Saturday is Adventure Day. Today is Saturday, but where is Pinky? Has he gotten lost or carried away by bunnies—or is he just off somewhere stuffing himself with marshmallows? Watch Max dive into mud, question a polar bear, and be dissed by a horse named Chuck. Nothing will stop him from finding his pink pal—because a guy will do anything for his best bud!

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Overview

For Max and Pinky every Saturday is Adventure Day. Today is Saturday, but where is Pinky? Has he gotten lost or carried away by bunnies—or is he just off somewhere stuffing himself with marshmallows? Watch Max dive into mud, question a polar bear, and be dissed by a horse named Chuck. Nothing will stop him from finding his pink pal—because a guy will do anything for his best bud!

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Publishers Weekly
Eaton offers a spry portrait of the friendship between an earnest youngster (whose bald pate calls to mind Charlie Brown) and a perky pink piglet with a penchant for marshmallows in this first book of the Adventures of Max and Pinky. For these best buds, "every Saturday is Adventure Day!" But one Saturday, Pinky goes missing, so Max searches his pal's favorite places: a "gooey brown mud puddle," the "big red barn" and a "deep blue pond," but Pinky is nowhere to be found. The boy lets his imagination go wild. Could he be lost in the woods or "carried away by bunnies"? The backside of a polar bear (who's been swimming in the pond) reminds him of a marshmallow-the needed clue Max sought. Pinky is hiding in a cupboard, stuffing his face with his favorite fare ("Busted!"). Rendered in black pen-and-ink with digital coloring, Eaton's spare, vividly hued pictures-supplemented by wry asides presented in dialogue balloons-deftly deliver the simple tale's ample humor. Chuckle-worthy images include Max emerging from the gooey puddle coated in mud, Pinky snoozing happily on straw in the coop while an outraged chicken asks, "Okay, who took my spot?" and Max's fantasy image of the diminutive piglet being whisked away by even smaller bunnies. Youngsters will likely wish to tune in for the duo's next adventure, Superheroes. Ages 5-8. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
Max is a bald, tan boy with a round head and an engaging smile. Pinky, the very pink pig, also sports an engaging smile. These two best friends live in a brightly colored, boldly drawn world along with bunnies, birds, fish, frogs, beavers, moles, mice, chickens, horses, and a stray polar bear. The dominant themes of friendship and Pinky's love of marshmallows run through the book. The brief text is presented in big letters with the characters' comments provided in cartoon-type balloons. Together, Max and Pinky camp out, Max fishes while Pinky guards the basket of marshmallows, the two friends climb to a tree house high in the air where the clouds look like giant marshmallows, and they dig down in the ground to find a mole hiding a marshmallow behind him. At other times, they amuse themselves separately. But every Saturday is "Adventure Day," until the Saturday when Max can't find Pinky anywhere. He looks for him in a mud puddle, in the barn, and in the pond, but he's in none of these favorite places. Max becomes worried that something has happened to Pinky and imagines him lost in scary woods full of dangerous predators or being carried away by a horde of bunnies. The text and illustrations are delightful in their vividness and great good humor. The book is part of the series titled "The Adventures of Max and Pinky."
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3
Max, a bald, Charlie Brown look-alike, and Pinky, a pig, are best friends, so when Pinky disappears, his pal is worried. However, with a little thinking and common sense, Max figures out just where to find his porcine pal. With minimal bold lines and bright colors, Eaton has created a humorous story of an unusual friendship. Max is fun, creative, and adventurous, while Pinky's one-track mind keeps him focused on consuming as many marshmallows as possible. Children will laugh at the silly conversations and at the funny art. The cartoon pictures offer an explanation of the simple text while the dialogue is a little more advanced. Max and Pinky will delight both readers and listeners.
—Delia CarruthersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Eaton constructs a warm affirmation of budship featuring a boy, a piglet, lots of marshmallows and not much else. Though Max and marshmallow-mad Pinky do occasionally go off in different directions, Saturday is always Adventure Day. One Saturday, when Pinky doesn't show, a worried Max goes off to track him down. Fretting that Pinky might have been kidnapped by bunnies or some other terrible mischance, Max goes from mud hole to red barn-until a passing polar bear's big, square, white rear end provides a vital mental association. Accompanying simply drawn pictures of a toddler-like pair, the text runs to just a line or single phrase at a time, sometimes in dialogue balloons. Fans of Janet Morgan Stoeke's similarly terse, comic Minerva Louise tales will enjoy the sly humor, and be pleased to see the two buddies happily reunited at the end. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375938030
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Series: The Adventures of Max and Pinky Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.81 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Initial inspiration for this story came from a little book Maxwell Eaton III created for an elementary school Spanish class. Denied a pet goat in his childhood, Maxwell intends to incorporate one into future Max and Pinky adventures. Look for Superheroes, soaring into bookstores this fall.

Maxwell Eaton III lives in Saranac Lake, New York.

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