#toddlertakover Max The Brave by Ed Vere -- Blog Tour Review

Max The Brave | Ed Vere
Release Date: June 5, 2015 | Jabbawocky
Genre(s): Children's Fiction
Pages: 32
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

This is Max. Max the Brave, Max the Fearless, Max the Mouse-catcher...But, in order to be a Mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is, so off he goes to find out.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The following opinion is my own, and will not be swayed by this.

Excuse Me Please,
                                     but are you Mouse?
One thing that I'm extremely proud of, is that my little monster is showing a HUGE interest in reading. My brother, mother, and I, are avid readers, so it looks like Tihamer is well on his way to joining our nerdy clan! When I noticed that he has an obsession with animals and dinosaurs, (yes my son can even tell you the names of the dinosaurs he owns, CORRECT pronunciation and all. More than I can say for myself lol) I made sure to purchase books that included all of his favorite things to read about, and when I received Max The Brave for review, we were both excited because . . .

                                                                                         HELLO ANIMALS!
                                                                             and big scary monster . . .

When I first read the synopsis, it reminded me so much of Tom and Jerry, so imagine my surprise when I was anticipating a classic game of cat and mouse, but received instead, something so freaking cute I couldn't help but to smile and laugh right along with my baby.

What To Expect

Fangirl Breakdown

Engaging ConversationQuirky Illustrations
Children are given the chance to not only point out, but to classify each character (animal) Max comes across. This allows the kiddies to think, and makes for a funny conversation.
Fun, eye-catching artwork that's done mostly in black, allowing the pages and text to really POP! Great choices of colors to pull the children in, keeping their attention.  

       Fangirl Breakdown

Max The Brave follows Max, a fearless cat who is on a mission to catch a mouse. The problem is, he doesn't have a freaking clue as to what a mouse actually looks like! Throughout the story, we bounce excitedly along the pages as Max runs into different animals asking them the question, " Excuse Me Please, But Are You Mouse? " Of course a flock of birds wouldn't be a mouse, and neither would an elephant, but it was fun seeing my son yell out, (pretty angrily I should add lol) that none of the animals introduced were mouse. He even stated, " Max can't see mommy! " Insinuating that Max must be blind if he mistakenly thought each animal was a mouse, and imagine my surprise when my son came across the plot twist saying,

Oh No Mouse Told A Fib To Max!
Mouse tricking Max was a cute way of throwing a monkey wrench into the chase. Instead of finding Mouse right away, he's tricked, which resulted in Tihamer having a very over-dramatic reaction. (He could definitely star in a soap opera if he wanted lol) But the story isn't the only great thing about this book. After asking what Tihamer enjoyed the most, he stated that he really loved the pictures, and I must say I agree. As I mentioned, most of the artwork are entirely black, allowing the colors of the pages to really have that " wow factor. " I absolutely adored how the colors are pastels with deeper hues. I'm talking mustard yellow, burnt orange, dark pink, olive green, even periwinkle! (well atleast I call it periwinkle!) The pages have such a smooth texture to them, and paired with the bright colors that are toned down just a bit, the author really created a visually appealing book.

If you're looking for a cute and entertaining story to share with a little one, I highly recommend this. My little monster has re-read this book 4 times in one day, so if Max The Brave can grab his attention and KEEP it, he's definitely a winner!



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