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Big Max (I Can Read Level 2) Paperback – April 19, 1978

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About the Author

Kin Platt (1911–2003) was the author of the perennially popular I Can Read Book Big Max, as well as several outstanding young-adult novels and the Max Roper mystery series for adults. Mr. Platt was also a noted cartoonist.



Kin Platt, the author of several novels for young adults, lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Robert Lopshire is author-illustrator of I Am Better Than You!, an Early I Can Read Book®, as well as several other children's books. He lives in Wilmington, DE.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Level 2
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (April 19, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064440060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064440066
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
Kin Platt's "Big Max" chronicles the adventures of the title character, a Sherlockian detective who approaches a case concerning a missing elephant with unorthodox but always logical acumen. Young readers will delight in solving many of the small mysteries along with Big Max on the way to the resolution of the central enigma. Robert Lopshire's clean illustrations perfectly complement the story, putting a droll face on Max, The King of Pooka Pooka, and Jumbo the Elephant. "Big Max" played a major role in my own development as a reader -- I devoured it dozens of times when I was a child.
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The King of Pooka Pooka's elephant is missing, and Big Max, the world's greatest detective, is hired to find him. This is a heartwarming story about the importance of family, disguised as a suspenseful mystery. Where did Jumbo go, and why? The journey to the answer is entertaining, and should appeal to all ages. I read it for the first time more than 25 years ago, and it is still one of my favorite books after many, many readings.
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I gave this book to my five year old niece only after strictly informing her that I would be repossessing it after a few years for my own personal collecion. Big Max is fun to read on a rainy afternoon, no matter your age. Is Big Max the world's greatest detective? He only admits that he tries to be, and that is all you can ask for.
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I bought this book for my seven year old advanced reading grandson, going into the second grade. The day the book arrived at his house, he came over to visit, book in hand, came through the door and went directly to the couch and continued reading! I bought it for a road trip but he couldn't wait. He loves the book and the level 2 reading level seems right on the mark. Also, the book arrived even earlier than expected. Everyone's happy!!!
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Big Max is terrific - the books have a great storyline and the names ("king pooka pooka", "ah ah ah-choo") set off a round of giggles every time. We'll be sitting in the car and suddenly hear one or the other muttering "king pooka pooka" to a fresh round of cackling. I only wish there were more!!!
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By Brewjaz on December 19, 2012
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I bought this for my 42 yr. old son as a gag gift for Christmas. When he was little I had to read this book to him almost EVERY night for a year or two. He loved this book--if I tried to hurry through it and skip a part--he'd let me know! It's not Christmas yet so I haven't given it to him--but for a few bucks this will bring back memories for him, I'm sure.
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I bought this for my first grader. He really enjoyed reading it and felt it was at his reading level. My fourth grader also read it and thought it was really funny... He felt it was below his reading level ;).
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I remember this from my childhood and remember feeling that the story line was better. It runs on a little too long for my boys ages 3 and 6, but the thinking skills needed to try to figure out what's going to happen next are a positive.
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