The text in this story is very simplistic, great for young listeners and even good for emerging readers to practice their skills! There's repetition throughout and a few moments that are sure to make kids laugh as they listen or read along. I also love the colors and the style of art (Ed Vere is both the author and illustrator) and I can certainly see Max becoming a staple character in early childhood classrooms. It's an excellent book for classroom or library displays as well, as the colors are eye-catching and that illustration of brave little Max makes readers want to learn more! This would also make a great gift for new parents and for children, as it's sure to be one of those bedtime stories that gets requested over and over again.
Bottom Line Rating: 5/5
This book has a ton of resources to go with it -- I love how the team has worked to make this book a really big experience for young readers!
View the trailer here.
View the Max the Brave website here (where you can find the cutest wallpaper downloads!)
Download an activity kit here.
Download educator resources here. (And yes, they're CCSS aligned!!)
Buy the book on Amazon
Buy the book on Barnes & Noble
Something really exciting? The team behind this book is giving away five copies of Max the Brave, along with Max's red cape for one lucky reader to win! The giveaway runs until October 31st, and you can earn up to five entries!
Enter the giveaway below, and good luck!
Note: Top Shelf Text was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and participation in the Max the Brave blog tour. All opinions are my own!