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Alien Eraser to the Rescue (Max Disaster #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Welcome to Max’s secret collection of inventions, comic strips, and random thoughts about school, family breakups, and the power of Alien Eraser.

Pimply older brothers. Good parents who get into bad fi ghts. Lucky for Max, he has a place to jot down his mixed-up thoughts and brilliant ideas. In a quirky mix of comics, concoctions, and contraptions, Max tells the
story of his
Paperback, 56 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published 2009)
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My favorite food may be the Oreo Blizzard. The crushed chocolate cookies are a perfect match to vanilla ice cream. Turn that vanilla into coffee ice cream? Even better. Add some peanut butter and you may not eat another dessert again. The only thing that gets in the way of Oreo Blizzard perfection is a poor mixing job. Blizzard connoisseurs can feel me. Every now and then, for some reason, the cookies are not mixed throughout the ice cream. They penetrate only an inch or two, leaving the bottom ...more
Colorful science journal meets diary in this cute and thoughtful novel about Max's outlook on cool science experiments, family, and his parents' arguments. Good book to recommend to a kid whose parents are not getting along, or are divorcing. Simple, fun science experiments are sprinkled throughout the novel, alongside cute illustrations of just about everything in Max's world. This three book series was copyrighted 2003, but it looks like they were all published simultaneously after Diary of a ...more
This book is kind of a cute, quirky, silly type of book. It's in the form of a journal or notebook that the main character carries around with him at school, and he writes in it when he and his friend have free time either at school or home. I enjoyed the different parts. There are pretty basic experiments that the boy tries written on some of the pages and they can be done at home, too. His parents are both scientists and he wants to be a scientist someday also, so he writes down experiments he ...more
Barb Middleton
Meet Max. He's a disaster who likes scientific experiments. When his marshmallow experiment in the microwave explodes into "Godzilla Puffs," mom is not pleased with the gooey mess. (The godzilla puffs illustrations are pretty funny.) As Max moves on to other experiments such as a mud volcano, getting into his brother's room by serving irresistible treats, and mixing water with food coloring, we discover that family life is not so hunky-dory. Mom and dad are fighting. Lots. Max deals with it by e ...more
Addison Children
Part super easy chapter book, part graphic novel, I knocked this slight, unpaged offering out in 30 minutes. It may appeal to the Captain Underpants set, but I didn't find it very funny. (Not even boy type humor.) It isn't as sophisticated as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Max deals with everything, from school minor troubles to his parents impending divorce, by creating comics and fantasizing with eraser people. Odd.
Marissa Moss is a California author and her Amelia's Notebook series was one of my daughter's favorite when she was younger. This series for younger boys is equally visually appealing. Moss mixes a lot of content with boy appeal - comics, science experiments, illustrations together with serious realistic fiction. Max is upset because his parents are fighting and Max would like them to work through their differences more constructively. Instead his parents end up separating. Max supports his pare ...more
A simpler version of Amelia's Notebook, but for boys. Includes experiments that young boys will love, like putting marshmallows in the microwave for 40 seconds. Max's parents have separated, and he uses his experiments and drawing comics to help him work through his feelings. The whole Alien Eraser thing felt really tacked on, but I really liked how Max drew faces on his erasers to make characters. Easy realistic fiction, and very visual for those who don't like pages full of just words.
Paula Griffith
This book really was not what I expected. Max was busy creating eraser people with Omar and writing the Alien eraser comics while trying to figure out what to do about his parents who are fighting way too much. Max is an inventor, and when the worry overtakes his big heart, he thinks of possible inventions he could create to save his parents' marriage. I found Max to be brave and endearing. Recommended for grades 3-6.
This is a fair choice for kids who aren't yet ready for Brandon Buckley, but who like comics and science. The two plotlines of the novel - the alien eraser's visit to Earth and Max's parents' impending divorce - felt disjointed though, and makes me think the appeal might be fairly narrow.
Sara Drazkowski
easy read, for a younger (elementary) reader. Found I was looking for more closure after the book ended, which is goo as it gets the reader into a series. I am not a huge fan of the randomness/comics in this book, but they could be interesting for the more reluctant reader.
Lots of cartoony illustrations to go along with what's important in Max's life..his family, (and his parents who separate), school, and friends. Not as nutty as wimpy kid or Captain Underpants but still enjoyable.
Victoria Whipple
Max Disaster has problems. His friends and brother aren't too much help. But the characters he makes out of pencil erasers offer some perspective. A mix of text and drawings make it a quick, fun read.
Written in a journal/ comic book format this book does a good job of keeping a humorous tone while introducing the concept of divorce.
Kate Hastings
Dec 21, 2013 Kate Hastings marked it as to-read
RL 630. Looks like a fun diary/scratch book kind of read.
Jul 25, 2010 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I’ve been making children’s books for a looooong time. I sent my first picture book to publishers when I was nine, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try again until I was a grown-up and then it took five years of sending out stories, getting them rejected, revising them and sending them back over and over until I got my first book. Now I’ve pub
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