Battle of the Bodkins (Max and the Midknights, #2) – Lincoln Peirce

 Battle of the Bodkins (Max and the Midknights, #2) – Lincoln Peirce, Random House Graphic / Crown, (9780593125908), 2020

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Fantasy

 What did you like about the book? The same friends and characters from the first Max and the Midknights book are back.  Max wants to be a knight but her instructor is rather cruel and sadistic.  She is buoyed up by friends Kevyn (writer/librarian), Simon (horsemaster), and Millie (budding magician).  And some impressive adult friends as well.  When she learns about bodkins – your doppelganger – she also learns that they are planning on taking over the kingdom of Byjovia by replacing all the real people.  Obviously they must be stopped –

This is a fast-moving, exciting story with humor most will recognize from Peirce’s Nate books -and, of course the exaggerated facial expressions never fail to amuse.  There are some very funny parts!

Anything you did not like about the book?  Nope.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Those who read the first Max and the Midknights book will definitely want to follow up with this one.  Also all of Peirce’s Nate the Great fans will like this similar sense of humor found in his new series.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Graphic novels

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not for everyone, of course, but I couldn’t put it down.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, retired librarian, manager Youth Services Book Review

Date of review:   1/9/2021

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