Max Speed written and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan

51napivycjl  Max Speed written and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan; Simon and Schuster. (9781481445900), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Pre-schooler Max Speed is ready for action! He has finished cleaning his room, his super-secret car awaits and the toys he just put away provide the springboard for a series of daring escapades. Will he meet his match as he goes up against lava, sharks and dead-end undersea caves?

The colors pop and the clean digitally rendered retro-inspired graphics zip the story along.

Shaskan has created a vibrant imaginary world in which Max speeds off in his race car, dons his jet pack to escape hot lava, activates a parachute when the jet pack fails and sweet-talks sharks by speaking super-secret shark language. Upon “returning” from his adventures, his room is once again in a state of disarray. He has finally met his match in his mother, a force to be reckoned with when it comes to restoring order from chaos.

Young children will love this story and want to hear it again and again. Who can resist the “klunks”, “sputters”, “pops”, “whooshes” and especially the “Great Gadzooks”?

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? / Who should buy this book? Preschools, elementary schools and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Nancy Riemer Kellner, Peaslee Elementary School Library, Northborough, MA

Date of review: 12/17/2016

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