REVIEW: Max and Bird and Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Max and Bird
When Max meets Bird, Max thinks he’d like to be friends with Bird. He would also like to chase Bird and maybe eat him as a tasty snack. But that’s not what friendship is all about…is it?
With the same loveable character and bright, graphic illustrations as Max the Brave, Max and Bird is sure to delight young readers and adults alike.
Dear Mr. Vere,
After delighting in Max the kitten’s late night adventures in “Max at Night,” I grinned to see that Max is at it again. Max is a kitten and kittens chase birds, right? Bird is a bird and birds get chased, don’t they? But what if a bird can’t fly yet and they both want to be friends? Friends don’t eat friends, do they? Max and Bird have some issues to work out. Thank goodness the library and an obnoxious pigeon are there to help them out. And by the end, they’ve learning more than just how to fly. They’ve become friends. B+
Max the Brave
Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem-Max doesn’t know what a mouse looks like! With a little bit of bad advice, Max finds himself facing a much bigger challenge. Maybe Max doesn’t have to be Max the Brave all the time…
Join this adventurous black cat as he very politely asks a variety of animals for help in finding a mouse. Young readers will delight in Max’s mistakes, while adults will love the subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor of this new children’s classic.
Once I’d read Max and Bird’s story, I discovered that my local library has the first Max book so I quickly checked it out. Max is so cute that he gets dressed up in ribbons. Max hates this as he’s Max the Brave – complete with a cape – and chases mice. Well he will once he finds a mouse. Max encounters lots of other animals on his mouse quest including one very smart, small monster and a big, enormous mouse who makes Max rethink the whole mice chasing thing. After all, even brave kittens need naps. B+