Review: Max the Brave

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Max the Brave
by Ed Vere

My Rating:

Note: Max the Brave will be released on Tuesday, September 1st by Sourcebooks. A link to preorder is included at the bottom of this review.

I loved this cute picture book that is perfect for early readers! Kids who find this book as a read aloud or in their classroom libraries will fall in love with little Max, a brave kitten who chases mice… even though he doesn’t know what a mouse looks like. To explain what this book is about, here is a great trailer from the publisher:

The illustrations in this book are great, and they make the book memorable. The fun illustrations of animals and Max’s universe are well done, which is a must for picture books. The great use of color for the page backgrounds draws in the reader as well.

The concept of this book is definitely a winner for early readers, and it’s very reminiscent of P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? Students will love following along as Max encounters the different animals and learns their names.

The language in this book is definitely within reach for the K-2 audience, but also challenges students to recognize different synonyms and phrases. This is a great challenge for early readers, and also makes this book a perfect fit for classroom read-alouds.

I expect this fun book to be appearing on lots of primary classroom shelves this fall, and probably lots of children’s bedroom bookshelves as well!

Classroom Connections

  • This book would be a great way for students (especially English Language Learners) to solidify their understanding of animal names. Luckily, the website for Max the Brave comes with a fantastic Activity Kit that includes an animal matching activity! You can find the activity kit here.
  • Many of the activities in the activity kit center around discussions of bravery. Max the Brave is a great unit for understanding character traits like “brave” and “persistent.”
  • The Max the Brave website has a great, Common Core-aligned educator’s guide that reviews important vocabulary words, looks at synonyms used in the book, practices sequencing, and more. These great guidelines for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classrooms can be found here.

Book Information
Title: Max the Brave
Author and Illustrator: Ed Vere
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Price: US $16.99
Source: NetGalley – Advanced Review Copy

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Note: I received an Advanced Review Copy of this text from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. All opinions in this review are my own!


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