"Muddy Max takes that eternal struggle between kids and parents---whether to play in or stay out of mud puddles---and turns it into an epic tale full of secrets and superpowers and one very important lesson: Don't eat mud. It's earthworm poop."
--Matthew Holm, co-creator of Babymouse and Squish
"What happens when genius-writer Elizabeth Rusch and super-artist Mike Lawrence get together? A book you won't be able to put down---or wash off! Not only does Muddy Max ooze adventure, it can also teach all of us something about bravery, science, and earthworm poop."
--Bart King, author of The Big Book of Superheroes and The Big Book of Gross Stuff
Max may be the cleanest middle-school kid in the world--his neat-freak parents make certain of that. But what's behind their mysterious fear of mud? When Max finds himself face-down in a murky puddle, muddy from head to toe, he discovers something amazing: Mud gives him super powers. But there's more going on in Marsh Creek--and in his family--than he could ever imagine. Follow Muddy Max and his friends as they dig through the dirt to solve the mystery of Marsh Creek.
About the Author
ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including A Day with No Crayons, The Planet Hunter, Generation Fix, Will it Blow? and For the Love of Music. Her recent title The Mighty Mars Rovers was named an Orbis Pictus Honor, an ALA Notable, and a best book of 2012 by the New York Public Library, Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. Rusch teaches writing at the Attic Institute and speaks widely at schools and writing conferences. Liz lives and splashes around in the mud with her family in rainy Portland, Oregon. Learn more at www.elizabethrusch.com
MIKE LAWRENCE is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been published by Dark Horse Comics. Mike Lives in Portland, OR, with his wife, two sons, and too many pets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is pretty far-fetched with some lame-brain parents whose actions would have had social services all over them, however!, putting reasonable belief aside it's all good clean fun. Well, muddy, dirty fun LOL. The kids are smarter than the parents, even though they are scientists, but the antics of finding out you are a mud-creature superhero will have kids turning the pages. The art is clear and cartoony, all done in browns. Along with the superpowers of strength, there are themes of bullies, friendship and siblings that make this an entertaining read for all ages.