Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Two of Katie's favorite things are her kitty cat and reading. So, when I was approached to take part in a blog tour for Max the Brave including her, I couldn't say no. Especially once we had the book in our hands and Katie was running around the house in that adorable red cape.

For our stop, Katie and I both share our thoughts on the book below. We've read the book several times together already, and I swear each and every time, Katie couldn't help but say, "Awwwwww!!! He's so cute!"

But before we get to her actual thoughts on the story, here's a little about the book:

Title: Max the Brave
Author: Ed Vere
Series: Max
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem—Max doesn’t know what a mouse looks like! With a little bit of bad advice, Max finds himself facing a much bigger challenge. Maybe Max doesn’t have to be Max the Brave all the time…

Join this adventurous black cat as he very politely asks a variety of animals for help in finding a mouse. Young readers will delight in Max’s mistakes, while adults will love the subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor of this new children’s classic.

Katie's thoughts:  Max was such a cute kitty and it was soooo funny that he didn't know what a mouse was! Especially when he thought a monster was a mouse and the mouse was a monster! The pictures were so cute and Max was funny and reminded me of my silly kitty. She doesn't like to wear bows or collars either!

Jen's thoughts:  Max the Brave was absolutely adorable. The story and illustrations were simple and appealing, with vibrant colors that were very eye-catching and pictures that just popped on the page. It was a bit on the younger side for my little reader -- who's 7 and reading at twice the level as her classmates -- but we both enjoyed it all the same. I love that it's a story about a kitty trying to be big and brave, only to discover that sometimes life is more about knowing who and when to trust rather than simply being brave. It had a very Are You My Mother? vibe, but I have to admit, I much preferred this book and it's simplistic illustrations, besides the fact that it focused on an adorable kitty who dislikes bows. =) We'll definitely be checking out the rest of Ed Vere's work!

About the author:

Ed Vere is an author, artist and illustrator with a long track record of success in the picture book category. Max the Brave was named one of The Sunday Times’s 100 Modern Children’s Classics. His book Bedtime for Monsters was shortlisted for the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Mr Big was chosen by Booktrust as the official Booktime book for 2009 (and was distributed to 750,000 British schoolchildren making it the largest single print run of a picture book). Vere was the World Book Day illustrator for 2009.

Find Ed:

Website | TwitterFacebookGoodreads | Instagram

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I hope you and your little one are brave like Max and take on this adorable little adventure! Here are some other resources for you and your little reader:

Max the Brave website
Max the Brave activity kit
Max the Brave educator kit


  1. haha i think my kid will love it too

  2. Looks adorable!! And this is a great giveaway. Tell Katie for me that she has such a cute tabby cat. =)

  3. I actually had a cat named Max, but he was a black and white tuxie. My tortie cat is named Jiao.

    Katie sure has a cute cat!

  4. Okay, so I'm not the target audience age group by I have a very active imagination and having seen this in the bookstore my last trip through freely admit, it caught my attention. So glad to hear you and your little one enjoyed it so much. ^-^ (Pet's name...Scout. )

  5. Our three fur babies are. named Justice, Liberty, and Freedom

  6. My cats' names are Thera and Pewter.

  7. We have an outdoor cat but he doesn't have a name, we just call him "kitty" or "cat".

  8. No pets now, but we used to have a cat named Budweiser.

  9. My dogs name is Bear and my cat's name is Maximilian

  10. I don't have a pet, but at one time I had a Beta Fish named Alpha, of course.

  11. I'm doing a similar giveaway on my music festival blog Festigator. I love that you're getting more people connected to reading material, way to be!


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