#958 – Max at Night by Ed Vere

maxatnightcover Max at Night
Written and Illustrated by Ed Vere
Serie: Max the Cat
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky  9/06/2016
32 pages   Ages 4—8

“Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can’t find the moon to say goodnight, he sets out to find it. But it’s not as easy as Max had hoped . . . Witty and heartwarming, this stylish and beautifully illustrated book is the perfect bedtime read.” [inside jacket]

Max is back! On his last adventure, Max the Brave, Max envisioned himself a superhero and a mouse chaser. This time, Max is sleepy. He’s done what he needs to get ready for bed, and then begins saying goodnight. Max said goodnight to his fish, his beloved box, a spider, and the moon, wait . . . where is the moon. Max cannot say goodnight to the moon—it’s, it’s gone! Max heads out to find the moon.

mooooooooomwhereareyoooouu“Moooooooooon! Where are yoooouu?”

Max at Night makes a great bedtime story. The tired kitten gets a drink, brushes his teeth, and says goodnight—all the things young children do at bedtime. While your child may not insist on saying goodnight to the moon, there is probably someone they must bid goodnight, else they cannot settle down and sleep. I love Max’s big, bright eyes and curious nature. Vere’s digitally created illustrations began as pen and ink sketches and mixed media. He kept the background a solid color, making it easier to find the black blotch of cuteness that is Max. This also keeps the focus directly on Max.

2Max at Night contains subtle humor, as in the brave kitten’s first climb (below). The “mountain” Max climbs up could not be worse for a cat, yet there he is, Max the Brave, conquering many kittens and cats greatest fear: a sleeping—quick to wake up—dog. Young children will enjoy Max’s adventure as he climbs higher and higher to find the moon.

dogOnce Max finds the moon, it tells Max something very important. This bit of knowledge would have saved Max all the walking and climbing, which exhausts the little kitten. Max’s reply, which contains sarcasm, is the perfect response after Max’s long, tiring adventure. “Now you tell me,” he says to the Moon. I never expected sarcasm from Max, but it fits the ending, as does the twist. I think young children will adore Max at Night and parents will love this entertaining bedtime story.

MAX AT NIGHT. Text and illustrations copyright © 2016 by Ed Vere. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, New York, NY.

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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

Max at Night
Written and Illustrated by Ed Vere
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky 9/06/2016

8 thoughts on “#958 – Max at Night by Ed Vere

    • Max the Brave (book 1), was a favorite, so I hope this one will also become well-loved. I read the third book, Max and Bird released in England, so it should arrive here soon. (If you google Max at Night, a few of the spreads for Max and Bird will appear. It looks really good and funny.)

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