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Summary: Max has lots of ideas. Inventions, experiments, you name it and he's busy planning it! Want an alarm for your bedroom door? Got it covered. Need to get your brother to talk to you? That, too. The problem is Ms. Blodge, his teacher, doesn't like many of his school ideas ... and keeps confiscating the parts and pieces. But Max would never let her know about his army of alien erasers! He needed them too much! This is a graphic novel for young readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, learning to read, reluctant reader, remedial reader, transitional reader, illustrated chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 4.7
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed her way through this book and finished it in a day. She kept running to us to read us excerpts from the Alien Eraser comics Max was creating.
Adult Reader Reaction: This seemed a little odd to us, but Max and his alien erasers are harmless. We weren't sure that our daughter would relate to Max, as the undercurrent in the story is that Max's parents are separated. The experiments are great fun.
Pros: Kids will love (and relate to) all of Max's ideas, feelings, and adventures. They'll want an alien eraser army of their own.
Cons: Be forewarned: there are detailed plans for experiments, including an exploding volcano.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is fun to read. It is a perfect choice for a newly independent reader, a dormant reader, or reading aloud together, too.
Educational Themes: This is a nice story for kids who are trying to deal with separation ... Max expresses his feelings, but also does it with humor. There is also a lot of learning packed into the book.
Notes: A fellow reviewer and school librarian donated her copy of this book to the Reading Tub®.