Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Source: Netgalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review of the book.
Max the Brave is a brilliant new picture book from Ed Vere. This is Max. Max the Brave, Max the Fearless, Max the Mouse-catcher...But, in order to be a Mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is, so off he goes to find out. This hilarious new picture book from the phenomenally-talented Ed Vere introduces a new and lovable character, with Ed's trademark bold illustrations and clever story. Other Ed Vere titles to look out for: Banana; Bedtime for Monsters; Mr. Big; The Getaway Ed Vere studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art and has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1999. He is published in both England and the US. Ed is also a painter, working from his studio in east London and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles. After a year and a half living in Barcelona, Ed now lives and works in London.
Max the Brave is an adorable book about a Kitten named Max who is trying to find out what a mouse is so that he can be brave and chase it. The book is wonderful - Max is a little black kitten in search of a mouse - only he is asking all the animals if they are a mouse, so it takes him a long time to finally encounter one.
The book is very vibrant with color - the pages are all different bright hues to draw a young eye, Max stands out against the bright background and his inquisitive nature is charming. The story also allows for learning some animals, since they are not mice as Max asks around.
There are words in the book it is not just pictures and this does lend to a very cute story that I think parents and young children will enjoy reading and looking at.