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Cover for Maxine


Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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Max has a little sister! Fans of the late-blooming superhero will thrill to meet super-sibling Maxine, who flies high with style—her own.

Max’s baby sister arrives with two little strands of red hair at exactly the stroke of midnight. Maxine receives a superhero’s welcome: Grandma and Grandpa make presents, Madame Thunderbolt and Captain Lightning show her off at the office, and Max is there for her first steps, her first words, and her first book. Then, just as everyone expects her to, she flies! But not all superheroes wear masks and capes, and Maxine is determined to be herself, dream big, and fly high on her own terms. Fans of Bob Graham’s signature humor and heart are in for a treat in this bright, bold sequel to the recently re-released Max, perfect for any child who wonders, “But who am I going to be?”

Praise For Maxine

Fans of Graham’s earlier title Max (2000), about a young superhero and his parents, will be delighted to meet the newest addition to their family, a redheaded girl named Maxine. . . . Graham’s customary humor is amply present.
—Kirkus Reviews

Pleasingly subverts the usual message of the superhero trope. . . Graham’s humorous artwork shines. . . . Readers will hope for a third installment, and soon.
—School Library Journal

Graham’s oversized picture book is infused with the sly humor and domestic warmth of his earlier outings, with the lumpy, baggily clad Thunderbolt-Lightning family comically improbable in their gravity-defying aerobatics. . . preschoolers trying new social roles on for size should find this title a comfortable fit.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

In a text that’s attuned to the unspoken emotions of young children, Graham suggests that the one thing cooler than being a superhero is having the freedom to discover who you really are. An enjoyable choice for reading aloud.

Candlewick, 9781536217704, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 18, 2022

About the Author

Bob Graham is the world-renowned author-illustrator of many picture books, including Max; “Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate; How to Heal a Broken Wing; How the Sun Got to Coco's House; April and Esme,Tooth Fairies; and A Bus Called Heaven. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.