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Max

by Bob Graham

Paperback, 32 pages

Published by Gardners Books (2005-05-31)

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Winner of the 2000 Smarties Prize Gold Medal. It's not easy being the son of legendary superheroes Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt. Max has a cape and a mask, but he doesn't fly. His parents can't understand it. It seems that Max is just an ordinary boy, until finally, to save a falling baby bird, Max discovers he can fly! He'll be a small hero, doing small deeds. "The world needs more of those," says his mum. A funny and touching tale about little Max, the reluctant superhero. Bob Graham has three times won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award, in addition to the Smarties Book Prize Gold and Silver Awards and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

One Potato Review

Must be a lot of expectations growing up in a house full of super heroes, especially when that house is shaped like a giant yellow lightning bolt. The funny thing here is that being a super hero is otherwise not such a big deal: sure, you need to learn to fly, but there’s only the occasional helpless creature that needs rescuing, indeed the most challenging part remains simply fitting in. (Nobody else has to wear those ridiculous crime-fighting goggles). There’s never any doubt that Max will fullfill his destiny here, but will he ever be able to sit still in class?   

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