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Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic

Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator), Alexandra Boiger


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Best friends Max and Marla are back in this charming spring tale of friendship and forgiveness

Max and Marla know how to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. So when the first sunny day of spring comes along, they've got the perfect plan--a picnic! They pack up their favorite dishes and their comfiest blanket and then they're off to the lake. Once they settle in, Max realizes the picnic needs one more thing to be just right: a bouquet for Marla. But while he's gone, Marla falls asleep, leaving their picnic prey to some thieving squirrels. Max returns to find their spread ruined and says it's all Marla's fault. But best friends can't stay mad for long . . . Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic is another adorable ode to friendship from fan favorite Alexandra Boiger.

Praise For Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic

Praise for Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic:
“Simple perfection . . . A gentle lesson on dealing with adversity and celebrating friendship. Perfect for a spring- or a picnic-themed story time.”—School Library Journal
“Simple and emotionally resonant.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Boiger’s watercolor scenes are filled with small, endearing details . . . With subtle emotion, she expresses the negative feelings that can stew between friends following a disappointment."—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Max and Marla:

"A fun-filled story that delivers the true nature of the Olympian spirit."—Kirkus Reviews 

“Boiger (the Tallulah series) nods to the Winter Olympics in this tale of sled-riding friends.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Many little lessons are imparted in Boiger’s debut, but its mantra remains, ‘True Olympians never give up.’”—Booklist 

“A humorous addition to winter tales and a good story about persistence in pursuing goals.”—School Library Journal

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399175053, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

About the Author

Alexandra Boiger grew up in Munich, Germany, as the youngest of seven children. She studied graphic design at the Fachhochschule Augsburg before working in feature animation at Warner Brothers and DreamWorks. After working in animation, Alexandra decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a children's book illustrator, gathering a following as the illustrator of the popular Tallulah series. Max and Marla was her debut as both author and illustrator. Alexandra now lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.