Max, the black kitten from 2015’s Max the Brave, is back, and he’s calling it a night. After realizing that the moon is nowhere in sight, Max heads out into the night, climbing ever higher in an attempt to spot it. It’s a long and lonely journey—the trees, rooftops, and hills Max climbs stay silent when he asks, “Have you seen the moon?”—but Vere makes his travels worth it: when the moon does appear from behind some clouds, it nearly fills a full page, glowing with a pale greenish-white light. It’s a lovely nighttime excursion that delivers just enough adventure to leave sleepy readers imagining semi-magical quests of their own. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
"Vere's playful, minimalist illustrations are just right for this quiet story.
" - The New York Times
"Max is an adorable protagonist (a cute little cat... what else could he be?) and his adventure to find the moon is fun, engaging, but even more appropriate, calming. An excellent addition to the Max series, don't miss this one. You and your child will love it." - Eyes and Books
"This outing surpasses Max's last...cozy, dozy, comforting fare." - Kirkus
"It's a lovely nighttime excursion that delivers just enough adventure to leave sleepy readers imagining semi-magical quests of their own. " - Publishers Weekly
" It is simple and sweet and long enough to engage a child before bed, but not too long that the parents reading it will get frustrated (I know those books well!)." - The Book Collective
"This book is playful and fun. It reminded me of Are You My Mother? and Bears in the Night (Berenstain Bears) because of the repeated question and the retracing his steps at the end...Young children ages 2-4 will delight in this bedtime story, and parents won't mind reading it over and over again.
" - Mom's Radius
"Max at Night is one of those books that children will love reading over and over...The simple, enchanting story is immediately appealing in tone and plot, and you can't help but fall in love with the sweet title character. " - Cracking the Cover
"The illustrations are beautiful and this is the perfect bedtime story to read to your child.
" - YA Book Divas
"This is a wonderful bedtime story. It's calm, positive and has enough little laughs to make it fun to read. " - The O.W.L.
"This story is so fun and imaginative and makes a truly perfect bedtime story." - Forever Lost in Literature
"I look forward to many more of Max's adventures. He is a cute cat and easy to love! Definitely a staple character for my house!" - Reading with Cupcakes
"Max at Night is a good bedtime picture book for younger children, probably from ages zero to five. The words are simple enough that an older sibling with a reading level of 2 or 3 could read the bedtime story.
" - The Novel Life
"Max is one of the cutest cat books I have come across in a while! This is the perfect book to read to your child and teach them to read." - Kara the Redhead
"The story is adorable. We fell in love with Max and had a wonderful time joining him on his journey. " - Amanda Anne XO
"It's adorable and sweet, and the illustrations are simple yet delightful and eye-catching. " - The Literary Hedonist
"The pictures were interesting and made Max look really cute. I especially liked the one with the big yellow moon. I would recommend this book to my friends and teachers to read. I really liked it. - Afton, Age 6" - Kids Book Buzz
A nocturnal quest yields great rewards for the little black cat with the big yellow eyes. Last seen mixing up his monsters and mice in Max the Brave (2015), cute kitten Max preps for beddy-bye. Yet his usual litany of "good night"s hits a snag when the moon is nowhere to be found. Determined to bid his lunar pal good night, Max moves from a tree to the rooftops to the highest hills. Sympathetic winds uncover the moon, gleaming and bright, who assures Max that it can hear him, even when he's safe at home. Max's plight and nighttime quest will ring true for any child who has ever called out from a dark bedroom for comfort. Though Vere does not take the opportunity to explain the waxing and waning of the moon, the lapse doesn't detract from the fact that this outing surpasses Max's last. The interior pastel backgrounds, so familiar from the earlier book, yield to twilight's ochres and periwinkles, then to deep reds and blues. These deeper tones, paired alongside Max's brilliant yellow eyes, recall such classics as Sam and the Firefly. Vere's digital illustrations give the mouthless Max eyes that appear uncommonly expressive, though they do little more than look or close. Cozy, dozy, comforting fare. (Picture book. 3-5)