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Max Disaster #1: Alien Eraser to the Rescue (Max Disaster (Quality)) Paperback – May 12, 2009
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From School Library Journal
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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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.
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.