You know an author has done well when a review copy arrives in the mail and your son leaps around like an AFL best-on-ground footballer and takes a dive straight onto his bed, book tucked under his arm like a red Sherrin.
Yes. This actually happened.
Maxx Rumble really is an all-rounder. First it was cricket, now it's footy and I'm sure it will soon be ... well, what is there other than cricket and footy, right boys?
But whatever the sporting task at hand, Maxx isn't one to sit back and dilly dally. Whether they're being crunched, slammed or flattened, Maxx and his pals are happy to wrestle sumos mid-field, wham footballs into mud puddles (while trying to avoid bully 'Boofa' Booferson) or arm themselves with goal post pads - all in the name of physical exertion that makes my eyes water.
With large typeface and stacks of classic Denton line drawings to break up daunting blocks of text, the content would suit both fluid readers and those who either struggle to read, or are reluctant readers.
Totally action-packed, cleverly-plotted and stacks of kooky fun, Wagner's Maxx Rumble series are a fabulous romp into the mind-boggling world of boundless energy that is boys.
Now, I'm off to put the kettle on and have a lie down.
Title: Maxx Rumble Footy - Stacks of Maxx
Author: Michael Wagner
Illustrator: Terry Denton
Publisher: Black Dog Books, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 April 2013
For ages: 6 - 10
Type: Junior Fiction, Junior Fiction Younger Readers