Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mister Max: The Book of Kings: Mister Max 3 by Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrated by)

Mister Max has determined where his parents are located and that they need help.  But how can a boy of twelve help a King and Queen of a foreign country?

Knopf Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th, so watch for a copy then.

This whole series has been fun to read.  Max's parents are part of a theatrical group.  They are also spies.  Max dresses up as an older boy to run his solution business.  That way he makes some extra money to help his grandmother.  He's also learning to paint.  But he always seems to be saving someone in each book in this series.

This time he uses subterfuge to pretend he's a painter.  He wants to sneak in the palace and meet the King.  He borrows a dog, which is an attractive nuisance for other people.  The King's children are quite taken with the dog and Max gets commissioned to teach the oldest girl to draw.  He does get his audience with the King.  And the King even decides to support the idea.  Max's friend who is a Baron will go along with Max.  They fill out their group with his grandmother (as cook) and a business man who is going to share economic development ideas with them.  At the last minute, the painter jumps aboard.  He might not have invited but he's going too.  Anything to get away from the lady who wants to marry him!

This is an exciting adventure with lots of action, danger and fast thinking on Max's part.  He even has to play dead at one point.  There are some surprises in this book.  I think it's Max's best adventure yet.  Why don't you give a read and tell me what you think?

No comments: