Max written & illustrated by Marc Martin
Published by Scholastic
‘This is Max. Max lives by the sea. You might have seen Max before. He’s a little bit cheeky, and a little bit mischievous. But mostly, he’s a very nice seagull. Oh, and he also likes Bob! Max and Bob are very old friends.’
This story of friendship is both written and illustrated by Marc Martin, the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia’s best new illustrator. It is a warm and heartfelt story about the friendship of two unlikely characters, a seagull, and Bob the Fish and Chip shop owner…maybe not so unlikely after all. Touching on the economic times and the idea that sometimes you have to part ways even if you don’t want to, this moralistic tale shows that friendship has no boundaries.
The illustrations are bright and child-like with a beautiful sandy grain that compliments the coastal theme perfectly. Following the story, the pictures wonderfully showcase the flight of the seagull and the wide open skies it inhabits. Great for a quick read and a nice moral for the young ones.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Marc Martin
Illustration: Marc Martin
Published: March 2014