by Cynthia Voight
illustrated by Jacopo Bruno
The Mister Max series is a marvelous series for upper elementary and even middle grade readers who are just getting into mysteries or who already a major fan of mystery lit. The series has been described as a Sherlock Holmes meets Pirates of the Caribbean and I can see that comparison. The main character is a typical 12 year old boy who has a bit of a side job. It takes place in the early years of the last century so it is a bit of a period piece but define what era or the location. Leaving it up to the reader to decide that I think. Through out each book Max will solve many mysteries for the people around him. While it can be a big on the wordy side with heavy descriptions for the younger reader I don’t think it would discourage the reader. The illustrations look like pen and pencil sketches that are done in black and white. They are sprinkled through out each book and really set the scenes! We enjoyed looking at each sketch while reading the books. Mister Max is a wonderful book series that is great for both boys and girls. We give this series 4 stars!
Mister Max The Book of Lost Things
Max Starling’s theatrical father likes to say that at twelve a boy is independent. He also likes to boast (about his acting skills, his wife’s acting skills, a fortune only his family knows is metaphorical), but more than anything he likes to have adventures. Max Starling’s equally theatrical mother is not a boaster but she enjoys a good adventure as much as her husband. When these two disappear, what can sort-of-theatrical Max and his not-at-all theatrical grandmother do? They have to wait to find out something, anything, and to worry, and, in Max’s case, to figure out how to earn a living at the same time as he maintains his independence.
Mister Max The Book of Secrets
Max Starling proved that he is more than a detective, he’s a Solutioneer. His reputation for problem-solving has been spreading—and now even the mayor wants his help. Someone is breaking windows and setting fires in the old city, but the shopkeepers won’t say a word about the culprits. Why are they keeping these thugs’ secrets? When the mayor begs for help, Max agrees to take the case, putting himself in grave danger. It’s a race to catch up with the vandals before they catch him. Meanwhile, Max is protecting secrets of his own. His parents are still missing, and the cryptic messages he gets from them make it clear—it’s going to be up to Max to rescue them
Mister Max The Book of Kings
Ever since Max’s parents were spirited away on a mysterious ship, he has longed to find them. He’s solved case after case for other people in his business as “solutioneer.” And he’s puzzled out the coded messages sent by his father. He doesn’t know exactly what’s happened, but he knows his parents are in danger—and it’s up to Max to save them. Max and his friends (and a few old foes) don disguises and set sail on a rescue mission. It will take all of Max’s cleverness and daring to outmaneuver the villains that lie in wait: power-hungry aristocrats, snake-handling assassins, and bombardier pastry chef.
thank you so much Random House Children’s Books, Cynthia Voight, and Jacopo Bruno for allowing us to review the Mister Max series. We enjoyed all 3 so much and all thoughts and opinions are our own and were not influenced by the free books.