The Resource Max speed, Stephen Shaskan

Max speed, Stephen Shaskan

Label
Max speed
Title
Max speed
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Shaskan
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Tiny speedcar racer, Max, goes on the imagined adventure of a lifetime after cleaning his room--over hot lava, across bright blue skies, through shark-infested waters, and past super-secret doors--until he finds his way back home to his mom...and the mess he made of his bedroom"--
Illustration
Review
  • PreS-Gr 1—Max, a black boy, employs his active imagination and race car bed in a high-stakes adventure through his bedroom. Punctuating the text with bold digital artwork and relying on an eye-popping font, Shaskan uses space well, and his design invites children to bring their own toy cars to race alongside Max's as he avoids imaginary lava rivers and shark-infested waters. The mix of high design and old-fashioned slang, like Max's catchphrase "great gadzooks," gives this modern speedster a retro feel. The crux of this story is whether Max has met his match after encountering seemingly impossible obstacles. This is a complex concept for most young children and requires more contextual clues than what is provided here in words or illustrations. For example, when Max falls from the sky because of a malfunctioning jet pack, readers are asked, "Had Max met his match?" There is no physical opponent, since Max is up against gravity, and no answer is offered. Max beats gravity by saving himself with a parachute. Later on, when Max is battling a shark, it is easier for children to see who "the match" is because the opponent is physical. Most of the target audience will struggle with understanding the premise of this tale, although fans of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are will readily delight in discovering the similarities between the titles. VERDICT An additional selection for libraries seeking books on imaginative play.—Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WI --Rachel Zuffa (Reviewed 10/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 10, p86)
  • /* Starred Review */ It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a black boy with a big imagination!Max has finished cleaning his room so he can now play, and play he does! One vibrant, colorful spread after another depicts him pretending to zoom around in his car, ascend with his jet pack, descend with a parachute, and more. At every turn he confronts a menace (a river of hot lava or shark-infested water, for example) and exclaims “Great gadzooks!” The refrain “Had Max met his match?" is tailor-made for storytime fun, as Max, of course, emerges triumphant and never meets his match. Oh, but wait: at book’s end Max’s mother, also black, appears and prompts another round of room cleaning: “Max had met his match.” But Mom is a softie, and she helps him with the cleanup. It’s refreshing to see a parent and child of color in a contemporary, playful picture book, and the winning, vibrant digital illustrations add much to the humorous text. The combination delivers a picture book sure to speed its way to school, library, and home bookshelves, where it will surely demand repeat readings. Great gadzooks! This book is a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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10540822
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Shaskan, Stephen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
4-8
LC call number
PZ7.1.S4855
LC item number
Max 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Imagination
  • House cleaning
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Adventure stories
Target audience
primary
Label
Max speed, Stephen Shaskan
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781481445900
Lccn
2015025636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)930508471
Label
Max speed, Stephen Shaskan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781481445900
Lccn
2015025636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)930508471

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