TITLE: MAX THE BRAVE
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Ed Vere
PUBLISHER: Puffin Books/2014
OPENING LINES: This is Max. Doesn’t Max look sweet? Max looks so sweet that sometimes people dress him up with bows. Max does not like being dressed up with bows. Because Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. Max the Brave just needs to find out what a mouse looks like . . . and then he will chase it.
So, brave Max sets off on a journey to find a mouse to chase. This book reminds me a little of ARE YOU MY MOTHER by P.D. Eastman (a childhood all-time favorite) – the simple text, the protagonist’s encounters with others as he sets out on his journey to find a mouse, and the art! I love the way Max stands out against the solid backgrounds and his expressions are perfect! His eyes say it all. You won’t be disappointed by the end and will want to read this one again and again.