Max Magic: the Sunday Times bestselling debut from Stephen Mulhern!

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Max Magic: the Sunday Times bestselling debut from Stephen Mulhern!

Max Magic: the Sunday Times bestselling debut from Stephen Mulhern!

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As someone who works in publishing, I am always interested to see how important messages are addressed, and how books look and feel. However I don't listen to this conformity of adults not being able to read fun middle grade books because there is a lot of fun often had in these books I might otherwise miss out on. Tom Easton (Author) Tom Easton is the author of over forty books, including books on vampires, pirates, teen girl boxers and teen boy knitters.

I read this in one sitting and will be taking it to my sister's to read with my nephew and my nieces once they're old enough and I think they will all love it. Max loves magic, it runs in the family, and from the very first time that his dad showed him how to do a trick, he has been learning, practising and performing.And things were going well until the unfortunate incident involving Bottley the Bully, a boomerang, the Crayfish twins and some rather pungent spices. Then a run-in with Bottley at his parents' market stall gets Max into even bigger trouble - now the notorious East End gangsters, the Crayfish Twins, are after him! This book has a really lovely feel to it as Max discovers magic and puts it into action to eventually win the day. I think the illustrations really helped to add to the story and capture the events being described and it also has a cute little flip-book element of a top hat changing at the bottom lower right-hand corner of the page. Max’s family are lovable characters that I am sure many readers will recognise from their own siblings and/or parents and grandparents.

Biography: Stephen Mulhern (Author) Stephen Mulhern is one of the most in-demand television presenters today, w ith a string of smash-hit television show s including Catchphrase, In For a Penny and Rolling In It. With a threat to destroy their toy stall its a race against time for Max and his friends to pay back the money they owe for the suit. Other cancelled products: If you want to cancel products that are not damaged or incorrectly supplied, then you must inform us of this within seven working days following the date of receipt in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations or otherwise as soon as possible. This is probably tailored more to school children but regardless me and my little sister loved this book! but children are very discerning, and they won't stick with a book they aren't enjoying the way an adult might.I think this book will be enjoyed by most children age 7 – 10 years, and for those with an interest in magic, there is also a guide to performing a trick at the end of the book. Can Max beat the horrible Bottley the Bully and save his dad’s East End market stall from the Crayfish Twins, the local meanies? Stephen Mulhern is one of the most in-demand television presenters today, with a string of smash-hit television shows including Catchphrase, In For a Penny and Rolling In It. It came across as though this is going to be the start of a series of novels so will be interesting to see when any future books come out – certainly a good first start. With my most favourite author of this age being Sam Copeland (who fills his books with humour and twists and turns and brilliant action packed illustrations), I felt that this showed how lacking this book is in every area!

There are also many diverse characters, which is great to see when diversity and inclusion in publishing, particularly children’s books, is very important so children can see themselves represented in books. What I feel slightly less sure about is how many will appreciate the use of Cockney rhyming slang, especially if this is the first time they’ve come across it, so this reinforces my belief that the story will probably be best appreciated if an adult is on hand to explain it more clearly.

I was so wrapped up into this story about Max, I wanted to know if everything changes and if Max would be successful to stop the boy at school bullying him, and if he can stop the controlling adult bullies the Crayfish twins. The larger text size within was an interesting change and then to learn it was to make the book dyslexia friendly was a great idea.

I really like the author's note at the front of the book telling his young readers to believe in themselves and that their dreams can come true. One day while minding his father's market stall the local bully Bottley, gets him into serious trouble with the Crayfish twins who run a protection racket. Writing this book was his way of finding his confidence and it's his hope that this book will make kids laugh and help them feel braver and that no matter what your circumstances - anything is possible! Then a run-in with Bottley at his parents’ market stall gets Max into even bigger trouble – now the notorious East End gangsters the Crayfish Twins are after him! Perhaps, I'm too sensitive and others won't be bothered by this - but it's worth knowing that they do get a mention.Stephen Mulhern knows all about how to do magic, so he is writing what he knows, but with an exciting magic adventure. Max gets caught up with the local protection racket when through Bottley one of the Crayfish twins suits gets ruined. I think that the excellent illustrations very evocatively capture the scenes being described and I’m sure children will enjoy discovering the ‘magic’ of seeing the images of the top-hat change as they flip through the lower right-hand corners of the pages! With engaging black and white illustrations as well as a dyslexia friendly layout this book is perfect for every child to enjoy!

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