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Picture Book Review: Max the Brave

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Picture Book Review: Max the Brave

I hope that there are more stories from Ed Vere in the future, because his style is fantastic and I am already a big fan.

Review Date: February 12th, 2016

Written & Illustrated by: Ed Vere

Cover Copy

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 brave all the time.


I picked up this book because the cover and title were adorable, and I’m always trying to even out Madeline’s collection of bird-related books with black cat books, since we do have one of those along with our birds. I didn’t even read the cover copy. I just picked it up and put it in the pile of books to buy.

When we read it that night, I was pleasantly surprised by the story. Okay, “pleasantly surprised” doesn’t do my feeling justice. I LOVED it. It. Is. ADORABLE. Immediately one of my favorites. The artwork is simple and smart and lovely. Max is the cutest darn cat I have ever seen. And his voice is really fun to read. He seems so sweet and unassuming. And he really wants to find himself a mouse to chase. But oh, boy, is he gullible. Poor Max. And I have to say, the last page makes me smile every time I read it. I even made sure to read it aloud while my parents were in town just so they could experience the cuteness that is this story! {I guess we never really grow up in some ways, do we?}

As for Madeline, she really enjoys the pictures {keeps trying to grab Max} and gets very excited by the different colors of the pages. She is engaged with the story as much as a kid her age can be, and I have no doubt she will want me to read this over and over to her when she’s a bit older. Or maybe that’s just me.

I hope that there are more stories from Ed Vere in the future, because his style is fantastic and I am already a big fan. I would happily hand over all my money for more books like this from him!

Baby Ratings

  • Tear & Fold Resistance: 4/10
  • Font Readability: 10/10
  • Baby Engagement: 10/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 10/10


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Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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