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Max Attacks

Kathi Appelt, Penelope Dullaghan (Illustrator)


List Price: 18.99*
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Fish and birds and lizards and socks…is there anything Max won’t attack? Watch your ankles and find out in this clever, rhyming picture book about a very naughty kitty cat.

Max is a cat. He attacks. From socks to strings to many a fish, attacking, for Max, is most de-lish. But how many of these things can he actually catch? Well, let’s just say it’s no even match.

Praise For Max Attacks

A paean to the pleasures of having a cat companion, this catalog of Max's actions should win plenty of accolades: Max, a million; readers a million-plus.
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Appelt writes with catlike flexibility and bounce
— Publishers Weekly

"Max is sure to be a hit."
— School Library Journal

 *"A perfect read-aloud."
— Booklist, starred review

"No doubt about it: Readers will be mad about Max."

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 9781481451468, 40pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

About the Author

Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man SwampMaybe a Fox (with Alison McGhee), Keeper, and many picture books including Counting Crows and Max Attacks. She has two grown children and lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband. Visit her at

Penelope Dullaghan is an award-winning artist with an attack-happy cat of her own. The main difference is that Rainy, her cat, is dark gray instead of blue. Penelope and Rainy share many favorite hobbies, including watching activity at the bird feeder, collecting interesting bugs, and outstretched snoozing in sunbeams. Max Attacks is Penelope’s debut picture book. Visit her at