Monday, June 15, 2015

Max the Brave - a bookwrap

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to dive into some new books with me this week.  I love sharing kid's books with you and it's always a pleasure to get the word out on great new ones for you to enjoy with your little ones...


Written and illustrated by Ed Vere
Ages 3-5

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to take a peek at...

My take on the book...

Max is an adorable little creature that is a true sweetie pie although he would hate for me to call him that I am sure.  People think he looks so sweet and they adorn him with ribbons and dress him up looking (in their mind's eye) very cute.  But Max disagrees with their image of him.  Max feels brave, fearless, a conquerer...because Max chases Mice!!! Now he has to figure out what the heck a mouse looks like so he can chase it.

With wit and humour, author and illustrator, Ed Vere portrays his amazing little character in both words and visually.  The story is reminiscent  of "Are You My Mother" but spun through a kitten's eyes.  The illustrations are simple, bold and very expressive.  The text is in a straight line which is perfect for beginning readers to follow along and understand.  

Max the Brave sets out on an adventure to catch a mouse.  He encounters many animals along the way that are more than willing to point in him the right direction of the mouse that always has just scampered away.  When he actually bumps into a mouse, the mouse  has the audacity to fib a little a out who he really is and sends Max off to pursue a monster instead of himself exhibiting self-preservation at it's finest. Hilarity follows as you journey along with Max the Brave, Superhero, chaser of mice who finally he decides that maybe chasing mice isn't all it's cracked up to be.

As well as being named one of The Sunday Times's '100 Modern Children's Classics', Max was long listed for the Kate Greenaway medal and is published in 12 languages.  

About the author/illustrator...

Ed Vere has been writing and illustrating books for children since 1999. He works with Puffin and Walker books in the UK and his books are published all over the world. His first picture book, 'The Getaway', won the Highland Children's Book Award in 2007. His second, `Banana', was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway prize in 2008. His third, '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. His fourth, 'Chick', (a pop-up book) won the Booktrust Early Years Award for best baby book for 2009. Ed was the World Book Day illustrator for 2009 and the official illustrator for Hay Fever, Hay Festival 2009. His book 'Bedtime for Monsters' was shortlisted for the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Ed was one of four judges along with Michael Rosen for the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Made in Me have produced Bedtime for Monsters, Banana and The Getaway as apps for the iPad with narration by Rik Mayall. Ed is currently working with Tiger Aspect Productions on an animated children's TV series based on his book 'The Getaway'.Ed is also working with Pop-Up festival, hosting a day at their 2013 festival and co-creating a film with them to be presented to the children of Rio at the Flupp festival in Rio in November 2013.

Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.

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