“Please put your hands together for…MAX THE MAGNIFICENT!”
Vaudevillian hyperbole abounds as young magician Max attempts to achieve the impossible—he plans to avoid going to sleep! Star-spangled, whimsical and circus-bright illustrations show the young conjurer as he performs a multitude of tricks, from making milk slowly disappear (eating his bedtime snack) and taming a savage beast (trying to get his dog to sit and stay) to pulling a rabbit from under his bed (gathering his stuffed animals up for the night). But wait, there’s more! “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we strongly advise you NEVER to try this at home… / Max asks for ten—yes, TEN!—bedtime stories. / (His mom says she’ll read two.)” As much fun to read as it is to listen to, this going-to-sleep book hits on all of the necessary bedtime rituals (including tooth brushing) and will provide enjoyment and satisfaction for all concerned; the spot-on ballyhoo is bound to provoke snorts and giggles, while the nicely controlled pace eventually slows to allow all young listeners to gradually hunker down for a good night’s rest.
A fun-filled revamp of the bedtime genre and a humorous choice for the not-quite-sleepy set. (Picture book. 3-6)