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Sunday 15 March 2020

Review: Max and the Midknights

Max’s Uncle Budrick is a travelling, singing, entertaining troubadour, so Max is destined to be a troubadour too.

But being a troubadour is the last thing Max wants to be. Max really, really, really wants to be a knight.

When Max and Uncle Budrick head into Byjovia and Uncle Budrick gets thrown in the dungeons by the evil, and undeserving, King Gastley, Max knows only the bravest of knights will have the courage to save him.

Can Max be that daring, courageous Knight? 

Max is joined by a gang of Midknights (kids just like Max), and together they must solve the mysteries of Byjovia’s past to save Uncle Budrick and return the town to the wonderful place it once was.

A bad king, an evil witch, spells, curses and dragons. A great adventure, mysteries to solve and friendships to build — this book has it all. 

But Max and the Midknights isn’t just a brilliant story to read, it’s also a brilliant story to look at. The book is presented in a graphic novel style, so there are literally hundreds of illustrations between the covers. 

If you’ve got kids who are intimidated by too many words on a page, this one is for them. Flick through this book, and you’ll see it’s more like a comic than a novel. 

It’s a really engaging style of delivery, and something so many kids will adore. It’s like a movie on a page!

The book is also hilarious. There are jokes throughout, and the story is silly and fun. It’s the perfect adventure for kids, with lots of outrageous drama, unexpected twists and turns and funny outcomes to spells gone wrong.

For the kids who love action, adventure and humour all rolled into one, I highly recommended grabbing a copy of Max and the Midknights

P.s – Max has a very special secret that isn’t revealed until a few chapters in. It took me by surprise, so I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it’s something that makes this book extra, extra cool!

Title: Max and the Midknights
Author/Illustrator: Lincoln Peirce
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, $14.99
Publication Date: 6 February 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781529029260
For ages: 7 - 12
Type: Junior Fiction, Illustrated Fiction