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Max Disaster #1: Alien Eraser to the Rescue Paperback – May 12, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Max Disaster (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763644072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644079
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2–4—These eye-catching transitional readers pack a lot into each slim volume: comics, humor, common childhood problems, science experiments, history, science fiction, and more. Flip-flopping between a comic and notebook format, the narratives follow the everyday life of an elementary school student and the supposedly real comic adventures of an alien eraser that claims to have taken over his brain. The alien's plan is to inspire Max to draw comics about his "glorious deeds," which include such feats as building the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Besides having his brain controlled by an alien, Max has an assortment of other things to deal with: a moody teenage brother, a boring teacher who confiscates his favorite belongings, and parents who have recently separated. He expresses and illustrates these everyday troubles with humorous, colorful drawings and diagrams of imaginative inventions, such as the "referee robot," designed to control fighting parents; and the "Book-to-Brain Zapper," which translates books into one's own words, creating a "report [that] miraculously writes itself with NO spelling mistakes." These books are full of fun, facts, and adventures that are sure to capture the interest of both reluctant and avid readers.—Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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About the Author

Marissa Moss fi rst wrote about Max in 2003. She is the author of many books for young readers, including the hugely popular Amelia’s Notebook series. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Marissa Moss has been telling stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, but it wasn't very good and it never got published. She didn't try again until she was a grown-up, but since then she hasn't stopped.

The idea for the first Amelia's Notebook came from the notebook Moss kept when she was a kid. Amelia is a lot like her and the things that happen to Amelia really happened to Marissa (mostly).

Along with Amelia, Moss has created many characters and is especially drawn to history. Historical books allows her to imagine what it's like to be alive in a different place at a completely different time. And then there are the Max Disaster books which allow her to play with scientific experiments, inventions, and comic strips.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M on October 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is NOTHING that gives you a clue this book is geared for children coping with divorce/separated parents. The whole story line is about parents that fight and a child having to deal with their fights and then they separate and live in different homes and the child is having to deal with visitations and not seeing both his parents, etc. Would be handy if the child reading it was dealing with this situation, but for a traditional family, this was NOT AN IDEAL bedtime story!

My kids enjoyed exploding marsh mellows in the microwave, and making glitter oil jars, but the actual STORY was very disappointing (and a major downer!)

The next edition should make it VERY CLEAR this book is for children coping with divorce and not gloss over that major detail as if all parents fight and it's not a big deal to get a divorce.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg J. Lovern on March 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 6yo boy picked this up at the library. Looking at the front and back covers and glancing through a few pages, it looks like a cute story about a boy who imagines adventures with aliens and other characters he draws on pencil erasers.

And that's how it starts out. It also starts out with two fun "scientific" experiments, which I did with my two older boys (6 and 3) and they LOVED it. So the third night we were all excited to see what new turns the eraser adventure would take and what tonight's experiment would be.

But that's when the book got weird. Suddenly it became a heavy book about coping with divorcing parents. There was still a thin veneer of eraser adventure, but no more experiments that we could do.

My kids don't need to worry about that. I don't appreciate being trojan horsed into it.

I certainly understand the need for books that help kids cope with divorce, and I might recommend this book for a kid who's parents are divorced or divorcing. But the book's cover should indicate that's it's really about coping with divorce. This book is NOT what its cover indicates it is.


Most of my reviews get mostly positive reviews, so it's interesting that this one is 0 for 3. Do people come to this book expecting a heavy book about coping with divorcing parents? Nothing on the cover or back hints that it's that kind of book. Certainly a book like that has it's place and is valuable for kids who are going through that ordeal. But it's weird that this book pretends, on its cover and back, to be something else, and so gets read by kids for whom a book like this would lead them to worry about whether their parents were thinking of getting divorced.

For kids who's parents are not divorced or divorcing, and who do not have close friends or relatives who are going through that, this book is a weird and inappropriate choice.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By perry shell on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
My children and I love Marissa Moss's AMELIA'S NOTEBOOK series and we are thrilled to have these two equally wonderful MAX titles as well. Max is a smart and sensitive character who kids easily relate to and Moss is a magician when it comes to transforming Max's feelings into funny, engaging, colorful art and literature. Max's observations of human nature (and of science!) are keenly insightful, poignantly kid-like and often hilarious, all at once -- no easy feat. Each page of these books contains a world of complexity, and the zany, endearing robots and eraser people Moss/Max invents masterfully reflect and crystallize Max's emotional world. It is refreshing and a joy to come upon books with so much heart and intelligence, and we are grateful to Ms. Moss for creating them! Brava and keep 'em coming.
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