K-Gr 2 From the moment Max gets up until the moment he goes to bed, this cat is busy and into everything around him. In a text that is as appropriate for reading aloud as it is for reading to oneself, Simon expresses the joys and heartaches of living with a cat. Leder's expressive pencil illustrations capture the many moods of cats and the comic and exasperated expressions of this middle-class minority-group family. V. M. Sykes, San Francisco Pub . Lib .