for Max by Bob Graham
Expectations can run high for the new baby in any family. Parents and grandparents often hope that members of the new generation will follow in their footsteps. Or, in the case of Max’s family, that he will fly like his elders. But Max is “not just any baby. He is a superbaby--son of Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt.” His parents are “legendary catchers of thieves and bullies,” and so are his grandparents. They all wait for little Max to fly like a bird. But Max doesn’t. He can’t. They try to teach him, and he attempts to learn, but he just drifts back down to earth. Then one day Max sees a stranded baby bird that is not yet ready to fly. He forgets about his own shortcomings and floats up to rescue it. Bob Graham always creates affectionate characters in zany family circumstances. The actions of his characters humorously resemble people children will recognize, even when his folks look a bit offbeat. One of Max’s school friends points out, “Everyone’s different in some way, aren’t they?” And everyone can be a “small hero,” too, just like Max. (Ages 3-5)
CCBC Choices 2001. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001. Used with permission.
What does a Super hero do when they are not being 'Super'? A funny story about being loved for who you are and not just what you can or cannot do.It's not easy being the son of legendary superheroes Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt. Max has a cape and a mask, but he doesn't fly. His parents can't understand it. It seems that Max is just an ordinary boy, until finally, to save a falling baby bird, Max discovers he can fly! He'll be a small hero, doing small deeds. "The world needs more of those," says his mum. A funny and touching tale about little Max, the reluctant superhero. Bob Graham has three times won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award, in addition to the Smarties Book Prize Gold and Silver Awards and the Kate Greenaway Medal.
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