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The Adventures of Max and Pinky: The Mystery (The Adventures of Max and Pinky)

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MAX AND PINKY have painted the barn a nice, classic shade of red. But the next morning—it’s pink! They paint it again, but the very next day it’s plaid! What is going on?!

Something weird is going on—weird and mysterious! But never fear, adventure-loving readers. The best buds will ask the silliest questions, make the nuttiest alarm system, and get stuck in all sorts of pla
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Demisha Mcclain
Nov 13, 2014 Demisha Mcclain rated it it was amazing
The Mystery written by Maxwell Eaton III, was one of the most hilarious children stories of the mystery genre that I have ever read. What immediately drew me into this book was the cover. Although it was simple it was a great cover for communicating to the reader that the story is a mystery. The picture of Max and Pinky flashing a flash light with the title “The Mystery” in it was perfect. Not only was the cover a great example of a context cue for young readers, but so were all the pictures in ...more
Jordan Schwab
Mar 30, 2016 Jordan Schwab rated it liked it
This book is a very simple book for beginning readers. The mystery in it is simple yet could still keep the attention of the young readers.

The illustrations are done in black ink and digital coloring and are all full-bleed and sometimes are double page spreads. The illustrations are also very simple and colorful which hold the attention of the reader! The text is something you would typically see in a children's book and is large and easy to read. There are some parts, almost on every page wher
Catherine Toca
Apr 29, 2015 Catherine Toca rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-291
This book is a cute and simple mystery for young readers. It is fairly easy to read, and is a perfect picture book for curious readers who want to try to solve a mystery!

In the story, Max and Pinky paint the barn. However, they wake up the next morning to discover it's been repainted a new color. This continues to happen, so they hatch a plan. In order to catch a culprit, they set up an elaborate string of events that will end up sounding an alarm to wake them up. They would then go down to the
Nov 20, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Max and Pinky return in another adventure, this time filled with mystery and intrigue. Max and Pinky set out to paint the barn red. They just manage to finish the entire structure before dark. But when they awake, the barn is PINK! They repaint. They guard it all night, but fall asleep. And now it's plaid! Finally, they decide they must investigate. They look for clues, conduct interviews, and set a trap. Who is the mystery painter? You'll have to read it to find out!

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Liz Todd
May 10, 2015 Liz Todd rated it really liked it
We have read this book no less than 6 times in the 3 weeks we had it from the library. G loves this book. The ending is a surprise, and it was fun to go back and read with new understanding. Simple text, simple idea, funny speech bubbles. I only wish that we could find more "clues" about what was happening along the way. There were 2 small clues that we found on a re-read, but I would have liked more. :)
Apr 29, 2016 Nathan rated it it was amazing
I loved how simple it was to read. It was a sort of "sentence-per-page" type of book, which is great for really young kids. But it also had speech bubbles from some of the characters; these were also simple and easy to read/understand. The story is simplistic and yet interesting. The illustrations are cute and colorful. All around awesome book.
Nov 07, 2012 Marit added it
Shelves: fantasy, humor, friendship
This book was a really wonderful and funny. The visual jokes in this book made me laugh so much. Max and Pinky is so sweet to each other and I thought this book was a heart-warming story about the value of true friendship. The book is a great picture book and the text was easy to read because it was short sentences per page, which is very good for the young children. The speech bubbles from some of the characters was very funny and made the book very funny. I think the speech bubbles is great to ...more
I really liked this book! It is silly and engaging throughout, and the element of the mystery will keep children reading until the end. Great for ECE level readers.
Mar 25, 2009 Janell rated it really liked it
Max and Pinky work all day to paint their barn red. The next morning it is pink. It again takes all day to repaint the barn and the next day it is orange plaid. Can they solve the mystery? Eaton (The Best Buds) once again elevates goofiness to fine art. When Pinky asks the gopher “What is your favorite color?” The gopher answers “Three!” And the visual jokes are also laugh out loud hilarious. This latest installment in the Adventures of Max and Pinky is another heart-warming story about the valu ...more
Rebecca Smith
Oct 07, 2013 Rebecca Smith rated it really liked it
Maxwell Eaton III wrote an adorable children's mystery about Max and Pinky. They decide to figure out what is causing the barn to keep changing colors. This book is perfect for young children, between the ages three and eight. The drawings are simple and somewhat crude but they fit with the storyline and add to the entirety of this mystery. I recommend this book for parents and teachers with younger children.
Apr 27, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it
Max and Pinky decide to paint the barn, but in the morning it is different than they way they left it; they set out to find out what happened and solve the mystery. Easy reading for first and second grade, bright simple pictures to attract younger ones' attention and fun for older kids (and adults) with its comical sidebars.
Amy Brown
Mar 05, 2009 Amy Brown rated it really liked it
Funny mystery for the preschool set. Max and Pinky paint the barn but when they get up the next day the barn has been painted another color. They repaint the barn but the next morning find that it has been repainted again. Who could be doing this? Max and Pinky are determined to solve the mystery.
Fun story about painting a barn--and the mystery is kinda hard to figure out.

Illustrations are simple yet appealing, and add to the fun of the story. Good visibility for storytime even though the book is small.
Oct 29, 2008 Zack rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Book should work for a wide variety of ages depending on how it is presented. Enough little things to keep parents entertained while the kids follow a fun story.
Apr 26, 2009 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Cute story about a mystery of who keeps painting the barn. It gets funny and cute patterns and colors everyday. Fun mystery and great for a younger crowd. Ages 2+
Alethea A
Nov 24, 2010 Alethea A rated it really liked it
Not as brilliant as the first but I'll take anything with Max & Pinky as long as there are marshmallows.
Apr 04, 2013 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable story for young readers with some sly little adult humor added at surprsing places.
Tina Bartholoma
Dec 10, 2009 Tina Bartholoma rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"max and pinky sequel, friendship, sleepwalking, detective"
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