Thursday, October 8, 2015

Max the Brave ~ Ed Vere Spotlight + Review + Giveaway [@ed_vere, @jabberwockykids]

Max the Brave
Sourecbooks Jabberwocky
September 8, 2015
32 pages
add to Goodreads/buy from Book Depository/or Amazon

Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem—Max doesn’t know what a mouse looks like! With a little bit of bad advice, Max finds himself facing a much bigger challenge. Maybe Max doesn’t have to be Max the Brave all the time…

Join this adventurous black cat as he very politely asks a variety of animals for help in finding a mouse. Young readers will delight in Max’s mistakes, while adults will love the subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor of this new children’s classic.


Max the Bra e is a cute, funny picture book. The illustrations are simple, but well done. With the bold, solid backgrounds and many of the animals in the book being in black (or almost), the contrast works nicely. The book trailer below gives you a nice idea of what the illustrations look like.

The text of Max the Brave does seem to fit more for being read to children in the suggested three to six years range, than for beginning readers. (Words like, 'sometimes, 'explore,' and 'decides', would seem a little older/harder.)  It has a nice, easy to read layout, though, if someone is learning to read.

It is a book that works for children but will be something adults will enjoy reading them, too.

I liked that how the book ended was not what I was expecting. It fits well and has something to entertain those reading it - young and old.

Book Trailer:

About the Author:
Ed Vere is an author, artist and illustrator with a long track record of success in the picture book category. Max the Brave was named one of The Sunday Times’s 100 Modern Children’s Classics. His book Bedtime for Monsters was shortlisted for the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Mr Big was chosen by Booktrust as the official Booktime book for 2009 (and was distributed to 750,000 British schoolchildren making it the largest single print run of a picture book). Vere was the World Book Day illustrator for 2009.

Max the Brave website // Activity Kit // Educator Guide

(runs now - October 31st)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

digital review copy received, thanks to publisher, via NetGalley

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