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Max and Bird Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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"[Max] and Bird make a winning duo by book's end. Real warmth followed by a rush of triumph helps make this book stand out.
" - Kirkus
"Vere's pared-down cartooning keeps the focus on this developing friendship (the two friends, both inky black with huge white eyes, appear against brightly colored, mostly empty backgrounds), and his droll narration ("They flapped in the morning. Not a bean. They flapped in the afternoon. Not a sausage") provides lots of laughs along the way." - Publishers Weekly
"The story line is humorous and engaging for a young audience. Children will relate to Max's and Bird's attempts to achieve something they have seen but never tried themselves. This book is a fun read about forming meaningful friendships and learning from others.
" - School Library Journal
About the Author
Ed Vere studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art in London. In addition to illustrating children's books, Ed is also a painter and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles. After a year and a half living in Barcelona, Ed now lives and works in London.
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And, light hearted doesn't mean twee or cutesy. Here, it means that the tale is direct, the action follows logically, the pacing is brisk but not headlong, and it's always clear what Max and Bird are doing, and why. On top of this there are some delightful little throwaway lines and bits of business. When the friends go to the library to get "flying books" they're too short, so they borrow only books from the lower shelves. The rude pigeon shows off when they ask him to teach them flying. Sure, these are little bits of business, but they resonate with kids who are small and sometimes talked down to by older kids.
And try reading the book out loud. It often has a funny back and forth narrative that feels like a call and response, and that is just great for a happy read-to/read-with. It helps that the book isn't just a build up to a last page punchline. There is good stuff on almost every page.
So, this book packs a lot into a few picture book pages. It's fun, funny and mellow. A happy find. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Bird explains to Max the kitten that is not how friends are made. And the two strike up a deal, if Max teaches Bird to fly the chasing can begin. After spending a lot of time together trying to help Bird fly the friendship between the two cannot be ended by Bird becoming a snack!
Max would prefer to watch Bird fly.
This is a brightly colored and fun book! I didn't read "Max the Brave" but I might now that I have met this sweet kitten.
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.