A success story for anyone who knows the highs—and lows—of learning to do something for the first time. Max will fly away with your heart!
As the son of legendary superheroes Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt, Max is destined to join their ranks - once he learns to
fly, that is. But despite his parents’ valiant coaching and encouragement
from his grandparents and friends, Max can’t seem to get off the ground.
Will he ever learn to leap over tall buildings in a single bound?
With quintessential quirkiness, award-winning author Bob Graham has created a mighty tale about the ups and downs of mastering your
potential - all in your own good time.
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Bob Graham loves creating stories about "ordinary" families, so MAX presented a special challenge for him. He says, "In previous books, I tried to make the ordinary extraordinary, but here my problem was just the opposite: how to make this extraordinary family seem ordinary!"From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1-Max has been born into a family of superheroes, but, despite his cape, mask, and his parents' encouragement, he just can't seem to get the hang of flying. By the time he starts school, he still prefers the ground, and even his classmates' taunts don't prod him to change. However, when a baby bird falls from its nest, Max throws caution (and thoughts of himself) to the wind and leaps to save the fledgling, the first step toward his becoming "a small hero doing quiet deeds." Now Max flies all around and spends his days quietly helping others and, sometimes, flying around with his parents just for the fun of it. The simple, straightforward story has just a slight dose of tension provided by Max's grandfather, who is baffled by his grandson's reluctance to fly. However, the support and acceptance the boy receives from his parents are heartwarming and reassuring. The colorful ink-and-watercolor cartoon illustrations are the strength of the book. Done in a mix of comic-strip boxes and full-page spreads, they give the story an appealing look and feel, and clearly reinforce the play between fantasy and reality. Storytime listeners are sure to delight in the masked faces of Max's parents, Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt, and his slightly lumpy, superhero grandparents. A welcome, gentle look at the world of superheroes.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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