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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review: Max's Bear / Max's Bath / Max's Wagon


Little Max has a favourite bear. He loves the bear. He kisses it. But he also bites it. And throws it. Because that's what toddlers do. They live their life in full, unadulterated expression--kind or aggravated--it's all out on the table. There's no thinking about it.

The same thing happens with Max's bath. Everything goes in the bath. The ball. The truck. The bear. Even his cookie. There's no thinking about it.

Everything goes in Max's wagon, too. The ball. The cookie. The dog. But wait--where has the cookie gone?


Using succinct and well-placed words, this toddler take on the classic Dick and Jane style of book is a success not only for its lovely illustrations but for its ability to work so much meaning into the delicate balance between word and image.

Little ones will not only relate well to each unfolding event, but they'll be subconsciously aligning with the ins and outs of cause and effect.

Very clever indeed.


Title: Max's Bear / Max's Bath / Max's Wagon
Author: Barbro Lindgren
Illustrator: Eva Eriksson
Publisher: Gecko Press, $12.99 RRP each
Publication Date: 1 March 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781776570027 / 9781776570003 / 9781776570010
For ages: 0 - 3
Type: Board Books

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