Max Attacks (Kathi Appelt)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Max Attacks, written by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan, a rollicking day in the life of a mischievous housecat.

Max attacks – and he’s quite good at it. Sneaking up stealthily on his prey – be it unsuspecting lizard, shoelace, or dirty sock – he loves to pounce and trounce and paw and claw at anything that strikes his fancy. But no prey is more tempting than the bowl of fish that swims around all day, with their shiny scales and swishy fins. Today is the day Max will pounce on his prey… assuming he doesn’t get distracted first.

Delightful. Any owner of a playful kitty with recognize the fun, foolishness, and occasional frustration of an active feline on the prowl. Max’s antics are mostly harmless, resulting in only a few loose sock threads and a downed curtain (yes, even the fish escape unscathed), and the humorous “I meant to do that” resolution perfectly fits both the tone and the main character’s species. Max’s design is especially pleasing to the eye, his bright blue fur with black stripes an eye-catching contrast to the world around him, and his roguish expressions both engaging and endearing. The length was fine, the jaunty rhyming text is fun to read aloud, and JJ and I had a blast. An entertaining read for cat lovers of any age, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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