MAX EXPLAINS EVERYTHING by Stacy McAnulty
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MAX EXPLAINS EVERYTHING

Grocery Store Expert
From the "Max Explains Everything" series
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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A trip to the grocery store is so much fun…not.

When it comes to avoiding the grocery store, Max is a pro. “Hide. Fake an injury. Hide again.” If necessary, “Fake a bigger injury,” he advises. But Max knows resistance is futile and also offers survival tactics. First, find the perfect cart, he says. The “classic” and “original” shopping cart “is best” because “it’s sleek, big and fast.” The produce section “is a good place to learn to juggle,” he continues, and “keep a lookout for free samples.” Max also has a big bag of tricks for getting what he wants. “Grab all your favorite cookies and then give your mom your saddest puppy-dog eyes.” And to ensure you’re one step closer to getting a pet, “always grab a bag of dog food.” Hocking cleverly uses double-page spreads for multiple effects. A hand-drawn map illustrates his (Max’s) and her (Mom’s) shopping routes. The cereal aisle, as seen from a kid’s point of view, occupies almost the entire spread, gently mocking the mind-boggling array of cereal varieties available to consumers. After McAnulty’s snappy text weaves in and out of a bag of bagels, ravioli in a can, frozen peas, etc. at the checkout counter, readers learn a very important lesson: At the grocery store, you may not get what you want or remember to buy everything you need, but there’s always candy. Both Mom and Max have light-brown skin and dark hair.

A fun romp around the grocery store that kids will relate to and a wonderful read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 10th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-101-99644-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2018




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