This year, Ill be posting childrens picture book reviews on Wednesdays and chapter book reviews on Saturday.
Lets start the new year with a super funny picture book series about a little boy named Max, an expert in various subjects and eager to share all he knows with you.
Kindergarten and Up
Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert
Max knows everything about trips to the grocery store because his parents make him go All. The. Time. Even when they run out of little things . . . like toilet paper. So hes pretty much an expert.
Whether its choosing the right breakfast cereal or surviving the obstacle course that is the produce section, Max is here to help. Have trouble talking mom into finally getting that puppy she promised? Picking up a bag of dog food might just be the push she needs! And always remember to keep your eyes on the prize – the checkout lane is your last chance to grab the real essentials. Candy!
This is a realistic story that all kids who have been dragged to the grocery store will relate to.
Max is super likable and funny. I loved how all of his helpful tips involved using clever tactics instead of throwing a tantrum to convince his mom to buy him sugary treats.
I love the illustrations. They are both detailed and simple. They do a great job of adding to the story.
Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert
Max knows a lot about soccer. After all, hes been playing it for almost three weeks! So hes pretty much an expert.
Here Max shares his one-of-a-kind helpful tips, including how to warm up, whos who on the field, and what to do with your hands since you cant touch the ball. But could Max possibly be forgetting something very important?
Max perfectly represents that one kid on the team who gets easily distracted and seems to have no idea whats happening around him.
The illustrations are fantastic and bring the story to life. I love how all the other kids play around Max while hes off in his own little world.
My mom used to coach my big sisters team when she was a kid. She says that this is accurate and very fun to read.
Max Explains Everything: Puppy Expert
Max knows a lot about puppies. After all, hes wanted one his whole life! So hes pretty much an expert. Grown-ups will warn you: Puppies are a lot of work. And theyre right! Your puppy will need the perfect bed, the perfect toys, and the perfect treats. Dogs arent good listeners like kids are, and they have a lot to learn. So you might have to take her to doggy school. Yup, a puppy is a big responsibility – but also a lot of fun, a lot of cute, a lot of cuddles, and a lot of love.
This is a realistic representation of the chaos and happiness that owning a puppy brings. I recommend reading this book to young animal lovers.
Max had trouble deciding what to name his puppy. I dont relate to this. I knew exactly what I wanted to name my black lab puppy when I was a kid, and I knew exactly what I wanted to name my English lab service dog. I named my black lab puppy Fudge after the character Fudge in the Judy Blume book series. I named my English lab service dog Dude because I got the idea from the Turtle Talk with Crush at Disneyland. Crush would say, You so totally rock! Then the audience was instructed to respond by saying, Dude! I got to take Dude to a Turtle Talk, and I got to tell Crush my dogs name and Crush said, Thats the best name ever!