Max Attacks
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.

Max Attacks Details

TitleMax Attacks
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 11th, 2019
PublisherAtheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN-139781481451468
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Cats, Humor

Max Attacks Review

  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    Max was a cat with paws made for pouncing, legs built for trouncing, and a heart bent on attack. His fascination with the fishbowl remained a constant in his day, although other matters - the lizard climbing the blinds, the string attached to one of his human's shoes - also provided entertainment. In the end, his attack on his piscine neighbors was messy but not entirely triumphant. Fortunately, he had a bowl of crunchies to turn to...I found Max Attacks an absolutely delightful picture-book, ap Max was a cat with paws made for pouncing, legs built for trouncing, and a heart bent on attack. His fascination with the fishbowl remained a constant in his day, although other matters - the lizard climbing the blinds, the string attached to one of his human's shoes - also provided entertainment. In the end, his attack on his piscine neighbors was messy but not entirely triumphant. Fortunately, he had a bowl of crunchies to turn to...I found Max Attacks an absolutely delightful picture-book, appreciating both Kathi Appelt's playful text and Penelope Dullaghan's droll artwork. The poetic text - "In a bowl of water brimming... / Fishes! / Lots of fishes swimming. / Max's paws are made for pounces. / Max's legs are made for trounces. / Like a dozen kitty wishes, midst the bubbles swish the fishes" - makes for an excellent read-aloud, while the colorful, expressive illustrations capture the humor and motion of the tale. Recommended to all young cat lovers - I definitely recognized a few felines I have known in Max! - and to anyone looking for entertaining new tales in rhyme for the picture-book set.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    “He wants to eat the fishies” – Hank, 4 years old. Yep that’s my son getting into and enjoying books that I read to him. I love to read. And I super love that my son loves books too.I enjoyed reading this one twice in one day – first for me – then for my son. Max Attacks is about a super feisty feline who wants to attack everything that catches his eyes. Socks and strings. Especially the fish!Max Attacks is told is cute and catchy rhymes and is a story that is fun to read aloud! The illustration “He wants to eat the fishies” – Hank, 4 years old. Yep that’s my son getting into and enjoying books that I read to him. I love to read. And I super love that my son loves books too.I enjoyed reading this one twice in one day – first for me – then for my son. Max Attacks is about a super feisty feline who wants to attack everything that catches his eyes. Socks and strings. Especially the fish!Max Attacks is told is cute and catchy rhymes and is a story that is fun to read aloud! The illustrations are adorable and really portray Max as kitty full of energy and sass.My son rates it two thumbs up!
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  • Sydney Young
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet children's book about a naughty cat. VERY relatable. Page turner as you fear the trouble Max will get into. He just can't seem to help himself. I want to give this to every family with little ones who also has a new pet!Here is the review from my Blog: Max . . . Attacks, by Kathi Appelt is that summer book I've been looking for, and I want copies galore to give away to all my little friends and their harried parents, because it will definitely be good for some sweet snuggle and read in bed Sweet children's book about a naughty cat. VERY relatable. Page turner as you fear the trouble Max will get into. He just can't seem to help himself. I want to give this to every family with little ones who also has a new pet!Here is the review from my Blog: Max . . . Attacks, by Kathi Appelt is that summer book I've been looking for, and I want copies galore to give away to all my little friends and their harried parents, because it will definitely be good for some sweet snuggle and read in bed time.  In fact, I need a hard copy to keep, because we are going through a "Max Attacks" episode of our own with our new little puppy who is being as much of a growing dog as Max is a growing kitten.What I will say is that Max needs his day.  In a big way. I think if Max were to collect a "well wishes" jar, the main well wish for him would be: "We sincerely hope you do not get in trouble today, you naughty kitty!" or "When will you learn that a cat's job is to sleep all day.  ALL day!" Alas, Max does not have a steady stream of wise instruction and even if he did, I fear he'd get distracted by this and by that.  These are lovely moments, for as I turned the pages I was definitely afraid for both Max and the lovely little fish he wants so desperately to attack. I won't give away anything else, other than to say: Parents of new and pre-readers, you need this sweet book. Not only does it help you remember your pet's behaviour is expected, it might also help you and your little one remember their behavior may not always be top notch either, but you still love them.  That, to me, is the "Max . . . Attacks" take-away.  Also, I absolutely loved the illustrations and color scheme. 
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    (This review can be found on my blog All the Ups and Downs.)--I admit that I was sucked in by the cover for Max...Attacks by Kathi Appelt. Then I read the synopsis, and I knew that I had to read this for myself and for my 4 year old son. We were both delighted and entertained throughout this cute story. In fact, my son wanted me to read this book again right after we were done reading it the first time!The plot for Max...Attacks if very simplistic yet fun. It's an easy plot to understand for you (This review can be found on my blog All the Ups and Downs.)--I admit that I was sucked in by the cover for Max...Attacks by Kathi Appelt. Then I read the synopsis, and I knew that I had to read this for myself and for my 4 year old son. We were both delighted and entertained throughout this cute story. In fact, my son wanted me to read this book again right after we were done reading it the first time!The plot for Max...Attacks if very simplistic yet fun. It's an easy plot to understand for young children. Max is a cat how likes playing (attacking) everything in sight! It's basically just a day in a life of a cat that children (and adults) will definitely enjoy with plenty of humorous moments!The rhyming in Max...Attacks is done superbly and in such a fun way that makes it easy to read and understand. My 4 year old loved the rhyming throughout this book as did I. The easy language and rhyming help this book to flow smoothly. Sentence structure is fantastic.The titular character of Max is one that children (and adults) will fall in love with. He's easy to love, and he's funny without even trying to be. My son and I laughed over and over at Max's attacking adventures! We also the dog and even the goldfish in the book. Okay, we loved every character. It was hard not to. I believe Kathi Appelt captured a day in the life of a cat perfectly!The illustrations for Max...Attacks were done beautifully yet simplistically. Penelope Dullaghan, the illustrator for this book, did an amazing job with the illustrations. They are vibrant, very colorful, and extremely fun to look at. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the illustrations really helped to make Max...Attacks as great and as enjoyable as it is. The attention to detail in these illustrations is also spot on. Seriously, these illustrations are some of the cutest and most fun that I've seen in a children's picture book in awhile. If you're looking for a book that will hold even the most inattentive child's attention, Max...Attacks is the book you need!All in all, Max...Attacks is an incredibly fun children's book to read as well as to look at. The amazing illustrations as well as the entertaining story will definitely thrill children and adults alike. I would definitely recommend Max...Attacks by Kathi Appelt to everyone no matter their age. If you are looking for books for a specific age group, I think this would appeal to children between the ages of 3 - 6 the most. Max...Attacks gets a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me and my son.--(A special thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with an eBook of Max...Attacks by Kathi Appelt in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)
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  • Alice Ball
    January 1, 1970
    A distractible cat with an insatiable desire to attack will be familiar to many with mischievous pets of their own. Worriers may be on the edge of their seat wondering if the unsuspecting fish will make it to the end.
  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    The cat lover in me gives this a 4.5
  • Carey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so freaking cute! I came across it while covering books at my library today. I thought I was the only one who called my cats' dry food crunchies. <3
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This book is adorable. Yes, it's for kids, but the cover lured me in and I had to read it. Max attacks everything, and then a nap attacks Max! Perfect book for kids, or anyone who loves cats.
  • Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
    January 1, 1970
    This is an adorable and absolutely delightful picture book that will entertain readers of all ages! It is so obvious how attuned the author is to the dynamics of having a cat in the house, and through Max's antics, these cat behaviors are showcased to a T! The illustrations work in perfect conjunction and add to the amusement, erratic movement, and always curious viewpoint that Max has with the world surrounding him.The playful text is told through rhyming couplets and makes this a fantastic rea This is an adorable and absolutely delightful picture book that will entertain readers of all ages! It is so obvious how attuned the author is to the dynamics of having a cat in the house, and through Max's antics, these cat behaviors are showcased to a T! The illustrations work in perfect conjunction and add to the amusement, erratic movement, and always curious viewpoint that Max has with the world surrounding him.The playful text is told through rhyming couplets and makes this a fantastic read-aloud option!He's full of gusto, full of steam.He charges up the window screen.And clings and clings and clings some more,Then...SCORE!The considerable use of onomatopoeia greatly enhances the read-aloud experience, while the expressive illustrations beautifully capture the words in motion. The perspective of the illustrations changes as the story progresses, and combined with the text placement, type setting, and page design, this stunning visual interest that completely immerses readers into Max's adventures. This was a laugh out loud read that my kids asked for again and again, but they each also enjoyed reading it on their own in their individual way (a toddler, a preschooler, and a pre-reader). It was also completely satisfying for each of their ranging attention spans as well. A remarkably well done children's book that invites you to step inside and watch this feisty little kitty boy in action!Many thanks to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with a free book in exchange for my honest and thoughtful opinion.
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  • Baby Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, friends! Our book today is Max Attacks, written by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan, a rollicking day in the life of a mischievous housecat.Max attacks – and he’s quite good at it. Sneaking up stealthily on his prey – be it unsuspecting lizard, shoelace, or dirty sock – he loves to pounce and trounce and paw and claw at anything that strikes his fancy. But no prey is more tempting than the bowl of fish that swims around all day, with their shiny scales and swishy fins. T Hello, friends! Our book today is Max Attacks, written by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan, a rollicking day in the life of a mischievous housecat.Max attacks – and he’s quite good at it. Sneaking up stealthily on his prey – be it unsuspecting lizard, shoelace, or dirty sock – he loves to pounce and trounce and paw and claw at anything that strikes his fancy. But no prey is more tempting than the bowl of fish that swims around all day, with their shiny scales and swishy fins. Today is the day Max will pounce on his prey… assuming he doesn’t get distracted first.Delightful. Any owner of a playful kitty with recognize the fun, foolishness, and occasional frustration of an active feline on the prowl. Max’s antics are mostly harmless, resulting in only a few loose sock threads and a downed curtain (yes, even the fish escape unscathed), and the humorous “I meant to do that” resolution perfectly fits both the tone and the main character’s species. Max’s design is especially pleasing to the eye, his bright blue fur with black stripes an eye-catching contrast to the world around him, and his roguish expressions both engaging and endearing. The length was fine, the jaunty rhyming text is fun to read aloud, and JJ and I had a blast. An entertaining read for cat lovers of any age, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to @blue_slip_media and @barbfisch for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.Meet Max! He’s full of curiosity and mischief as he prowls through the house making one discovery after another, even though his main objective is, and always will be, the fish bowl! BUT there are just so many tempting things to grab his attention first. Can Max really be expected to ignore a lizard crawling up a window screen, a dangling shoe lace or a basket of dirty socks? They are c Thank you to @blue_slip_media and @barbfisch for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.Meet Max! He’s full of curiosity and mischief as he prowls through the house making one discovery after another, even though his main objective is, and always will be, the fish bowl! BUT there are just so many tempting things to grab his attention first. Can Max really be expected to ignore a lizard crawling up a window screen, a dangling shoe lace or a basket of dirty socks? They are calling his name and then there is that fish bowl…You will delight in the antics of this bright blue cat with black stripes. Penelope Dullaghan’s illustrations help us understand exactly what’s going on in Max’s mind. She has given Max such an expressive face, especially his eyes. My favorite page shows us his satisfied expression after attacking those dirty socks and winning, 91 - 0. And the language is fun too. It often rhymes and introduces some intriguing words you can talk about with your little one.This book, which is available now, is one that definitely needs to be on your TBR list. And if you’re a cat lover, it will be even more fun!
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  • Tangled in Text
    January 1, 1970
    Pitter patter, my heart does shatter with yearning for more of this catescapade. The illustration work on Max...Attacks is beautiful and the rhythmic flow was inspiring (as you can see above my attempt of a flow), lighthearted and flowed methodically. Max...Attacks reminded me of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, in the fact that it seemed to always be building and expanding as you grew deeper into the story and were kept trying to out guess what would come next. Max was a fun character to follow.Ev Pitter patter, my heart does shatter with yearning for more of this catescapade. The illustration work on Max...Attacks is beautiful and the rhythmic flow was inspiring (as you can see above my attempt of a flow), lighthearted and flowed methodically. Max...Attacks reminded me of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, in the fact that it seemed to always be building and expanding as you grew deeper into the story and were kept trying to out guess what would come next. Max was a fun character to follow.Everything from the simple strokes to the pops of color created brought this storyline to another level. The coloring of the cat really brings this story to life and draws you into his adventure. The color will catch your child's eye and the prose will keep them glued.
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  • Ruthie Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, that Max! He sure knows how to jump around from one silly caper to another, attacking so many things that catch his kitty cat eye.Max...Attacks is a quick and cute story about a cat's unending curiosity. In true feline fashion, the story jumps from one adventure to another in the blink of an eye. The rhymes are easy and catchy; however, some of the phrases and words may be beyond a really young reader/listener, such as gusto, licks his chops, and catnip, but what a fun way to learn new thing Oh, that Max! He sure knows how to jump around from one silly caper to another, attacking so many things that catch his kitty cat eye.Max...Attacks is a quick and cute story about a cat's unending curiosity. In true feline fashion, the story jumps from one adventure to another in the blink of an eye. The rhymes are easy and catchy; however, some of the phrases and words may be beyond a really young reader/listener, such as gusto, licks his chops, and catnip, but what a fun way to learn new things!The illustrations are large and vibrant, making them easy to comprehend yet still detailed enough to capture the imagination and elicit a few belly laughs at Max's escapades.
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  • Christena
    January 1, 1970
    From the very first page, Max sounds like a real-life cat I know that is aptly called Wayne the Pain. Max is a special cat who is full of curiosity and life. Thankfully, curiosity does not kill Max nor the fishes.Max… Attacks is a delightful children’s book that shows a day in the life of Max told in verse. From his romps with socks to blinds to trying to eat, and play with the fishes Max has a day full of curious adventures.The illustrations and story complement each other perfectly. This book From the very first page, Max sounds like a real-life cat I know that is aptly called Wayne the Pain. Max is a special cat who is full of curiosity and life. Thankfully, curiosity does not kill Max nor the fishes.Max… Attacks is a delightful children’s book that shows a day in the life of Max told in verse. From his romps with socks to blinds to trying to eat, and play with the fishes Max has a day full of curious adventures.The illustrations and story complement each other perfectly. This book would be great for read-along or even a read-aloud book.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Max Attacks is such a fun book and I wish I had a kid to read it to right now!  I enjoyed Max's antics because, well, he's a cat and he does what cats do all day long - get into mischief.The colors are bright and are perfect to hold the attention of a little one. The images also demonstrate action in Max's daily escapades.This is a story in verse which teaches children language and sounds and exposes them to poetry with simpler words and images they can understand.This book would be perfect for Max Attacks is such a fun book and I wish I had a kid to read it to right now!  I enjoyed Max's antics because, well, he's a cat and he does what cats do all day long - get into mischief.The colors are bright and are perfect to hold the attention of a little one. The images also demonstrate action in Max's daily escapades.This is a story in verse which teaches children language and sounds and exposes them to poetry with simpler words and images they can understand.This book would be perfect for any young child and we give it 5 paws up.
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  • Megan - Alohamora Open a Book
    January 1, 1970
    A playful cat that likes to attack AND he keeps score?!? That's my kind of cat; competitve and fun!A fun cute book kids enjoy, and the cat lover will adore. The rhythm and rhyme is decent, but with a little more polishing I think it could've been superb. Thank you Blue Slip Media for the book to read just a little bit early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Dreaday
    January 1, 1970
    “Anybody who has a cat will immediately recognize their beloved kitty in these pages. All of the silly quirks and behaviors cats have, lovable and irritating, are highlighted and made adorable. And the cat is blue! It’s silly!”
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I am certainly biased because I had a cat named Max and he loved to attack. Super cute!
  • Dr. Cheryl S. Vanatti
    January 1, 1970
    Great picture book! See my thoughts and teaching ideas at Reading Rumpus: https://www.readingrumpus.com/2019/06...
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the illustrations more than the story.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Cute illustrations. The text flows well.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute, adore the illustrations.
  • Marg Corjay
    January 1, 1970
    The author captures the personality of Max perfectly. The lyrical verse is catchy and fun to read along with.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Love the rhyming and fun words. Illustrations are GREAT - even if the cat is blue ha ha
  • Brenda Kahn
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story in rhyme about a feisty, flighty feline.
  • Shauna Yusko
    January 1, 1970
    Cute
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Fun rhyming story about an energetic, naughty feline.
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Cat lovers of all ages will relate to this wonderfully funny and spot-on story. Penelope Dullaghan's illustrations are simply adorable.
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Would be a great read aloud with all the rhymes and colorful pages.
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