Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 October #2 Max is a black kitten who is so sweet that people dress him up in bows. But Max forgoes bows in favor of a cape so that he can be Max the Brave and fearlessly chase mice. Too bad he doesn't know what a mouse looks like. A Q&A with various critters ("Are you Mouse?") leads him right past the tricky mouse to the jaws of a formidable monster. Max the Brave fits into the tradition of cumulative picture books, such as Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo (1999) and Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back (2011), where the protagonist is shuffled along by other characters, with sight gags and visual cues that serve as knowing winks to the reader. Minimalist illustrations and expressive fonts are set against colorful pages to sharpen the reader's focus on Max and the other animals. It's a simple formula but one that works because of the understated humor and attractive layout. Max should find himself chasing Mouse into storytimes again and again. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2015 June #4
School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2015 June
PreS-Gr 2âMax is cute and sweet-looking. So cute and sweet, as a matter of fact, that people sometimes dress him up with pink bows. But Max does not like pink bows. He is a fearless, black kitten. A very brave black kitten, and one who chases mice, he'll have you know. He just needs to find out what a mouse actually looks like. So, Max is on the hunt. Is there a mouse in that can? No, but a fly is. Fly says he saw Mouse scurry by just moments ago. Next Max tries the fish bowl. "Excuse me, are you Mouse?" asks Max. No, says Fish, but he just saw Mouse dash outside. Max checks with the birds in the trees, the neighborhood pink elephant, and Rabbit. They all insist that Mouse just went that-a-way. Max finally does find a creature who looks suspiciously like a mouse, but he claims to be a MONSTER and points him in the direction of said mouse, who is sleeping nearby. Of course, the big, green, homely thing IS a monster and is much bigger than Max. One gulp is all it takes, and Max is in the dark pit of Monster's stomach. Fortunately, the monster sneezes and Max flies out. Maybe "chasing mice is not all it's cracked up to be," he says. He doesn't have to be Max the Brave all the time, except when chasing small monsters with big ears and long tails that just happen to look suspiciously like mice. Full of playful humor, this book's cartoonlike illustrations are created digitally with some crayon. The individual pages are bright yellow, orange, green, and salmon. A nice layout, enhanced by the humorous text, character expressions, and a not-scary monster to boot. VERDICT Highly recommended.âRoxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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