Max and the Won’t go to Bed Show by Mark Sperring and Illustrated by Sarah Warburton

The cover of Max and the Won’t go to Bed Show (2015, Scholastic) written by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Sarah Warburton really draws you in. The story’s hilarious words and vibrant will not disappoint.

This book should be required reading for all parents of toddlers and lower elementary school kids. Kids will also love the way the depicts humorously how kids completely and absolutely stall before bedtime. Max, the book’s boy magician, knows every trick in the book to avoid going to bed!

Here’s what I like about this book:

(1) Somehow Sperring knows exactly what I did when I was a kid. My brother and I used to get in trouble for stalling all the time. We would go as slowly as possible to our rooms and spend time doing absolutely unnecessary tasks.

(2) The narrative, hilarious voice. Sperring has an uncanny ability to write for kids. The language is loud and humorous and right on. He’s able to present the psyche of the young child-magician who just does not want to go to bed. The font styles and sizes contribute to the book’s voice.

(3) Vibrant illustrations. I really love what Warburton does with the color palette. There are several images from the book that could be framed and hung on a child’s bedroom wall. You know that this is my litmus test when analyzing illustrations.

I would love to know what you think of Max and the Won’t go to Bed Show in the comments below!

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