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Max and the Midknights

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Join Max's quest to become a knight in this laugh-filled adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Nate series!

"Max is epic fun!" --JEFF KINNEY, New York Times bestselling author of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series

Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max's uncle Budrick is kidnapped by
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the Middle Ages, Max and his Uncle Budrick are wandering minstrels, barely surviving. It's a time when children follow their elders in their trade, but Max wants to be a knight. After being robbed, they make it to the town of Byjovia, where Budrick grew up, but things have changed. The kind King Conrad has been replaced by his nasty brother Ghastley, and the populace has followed suit. When Ghastley tries to arrest vagrant kids, Max steps in, resulting in Budrick being taken to the castle ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Max & the Midknights is a cute middle-grade novel that is part comic, part prose, and a ton of fun.

Max is an apprentice to their uncle, a traveling bard, but their heart yearns to be a knight. This is a story focused on breaking down barriers that were long built before the protagonists arrived, and about having the courage to stand up for what you think is right. On top of that, it’s also pretty hilarious at times, and the artwork is really engaging. The story is pretty quickly paced and
Ms. Yingling
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Max must be an apprentice to Uncle Budrick, who travels the country singing and telling tales. Max would rather be a knight, but the customs of Byjovia indicate that family traditions must be honored. When a highwayman attacks the two, they are left without their horse and cart,
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Interesting ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this book and can't say enough about how fun this story is! My son (who is 6) absolutely loved it (especially the 'twist' revolving around Max's character early in the narrative) and there were enough comic asides (particularly from the uncle-turned-goose) to keep him amused throughout the chapters. We also loved the artwork—it was whimsical and charming and perfectly fit the fun tone of the book!
Hilarious at first, then it got long. The target audience of elementary school readers will love this book!
So, I'm giving this two stars not because it is a bad book. it just isn't a good book for me. I can see lots of children' that would enjoy it. And I can definitely pass it along to some eager readers.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love Max and the Midknights! Part traditional prose, part graphic novel, and 100% laugh-out-loud fun, this wildly captivating and engaging book will have readers excitedly turning pages and snorting with every page. Lincoln Peirce crafts an epic tale full of adventure, clever twists, whimsical humor, and surprising heart. I cannot wait to Join Mak and the Midknights on their next adventure!
Ed Erwin
LOL. This book isn't really aimed at someone my age. (Nor should I be using words like LOL.) But when I saw an advanced reader copy in a little free library, I was intrigued by the format. It is about half-way between a novel with illustrations and a graphic novel. I've never seen that done before, and I love novelty.

Every page contains both regular text as well as comic panels. Regular comics with giant "walls of text" are normally off-putting. But this hybrid format worked really well in this
I thought this would be one of those middle grade titles that I read just enough of to be able to book talk... but I really liked this! The story was funny and interesting and irreverent and moved along at the perfect pace.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-hybrid
Inventive hybrid by the author of Big Nate. Will appeal to grades 3+ to 6. Features Max, who is "surprisingly" a girl.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: /B/Cool Book

Good book.

Good message.

Good twists.

Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this ARC from the publisher at NYCC*

This is a great book for the age group for which it was written. It should appeal to both girls and boys and I would encourage teachers to put this in their classroom libraries. The combination of comic and text is great for struggling and reluctant readers and the vocabulary used will keep strong readers engaged as well.
Typical Graphic Novel for 10 Year Olds
Note: I read it a second time and enjoyed it more. The humor wanes a bit after awhile but I liked it a lot more.
This book is cute and OK but I couldn't like it. I think that I've read to many books like it for this age group. The book is full of quips and jokes like a Disney sitcom. There is a fear of presenting the subject as serious as if there is a fear of being uncool and a need to explain everything as if nothing can be left unsaid. The book takes
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Big Nate
Max and the Midknights has an interesting format and is pretty fun, though the story logic is weak at times and the anachronistic setting tries to take itself too seriously to be funny.

Another thing was a little weird, too, and I'm putting it as a spoiler because it's supposed to be a surprise, even though most reviewers seem not to be covering it up:

(view spoiler)
Teresa Bateman
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC of this book that comes out in January, 2019. the same Lincoln Peirce who has brought us all the Big Nate books is now venturing into a sort of fantasy-realm middle ages setting. Max is the niece of a rather untalented troubadour. When she and her uncle discover an evil king has taken over a previously happy kingdom they are soon off on an adventure. This involves new friends, a wizard, dragons, and some magic. the writing is brisk and humorous and the format is a mixture of chapter ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max and the Midknights is a new series by Lincoln Peirce, the creator of the Big Nate series. I enjoyed Big Nate stories immensely with my children when they were in elementary school. I am so thrilled that this new series does not disappoint! As implied by the title, Max and the Midknights takes place in medieval times. Max is apprenticed to Uncle Budrick who is a troubadour--although not a very good one. Max, however, does not really want to be a minstrel; Max wants to be a knight. ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Becky B
Max is destined to be a troubadour since that's what Max's uncle does, but Max really wants to be a knight. When they foil an attempted robbery, Max and Uncle Budrick manage to make it to Uncle Budrick's hometown of Byjovia only to find it has changed greatly since Budrick left. It used to be a happy place with kind and thoughtful people, but King Conrad has died and King Gastley, his evil brother is now on the throne. Gastley has instituted all sorts of heinous new laws and something must be ...more
I'm sure I won't be the only reader who hopes that this book is just the start of several books featuring Max and the Midknights. In the same humorous style he uses in the Big Nate books, Lincoln Peirce serves us a funny graphic novel featuring knights, dragons, and a very wicked sorceress. Although Max desperately wants to be a knight, that's not likely to happen because children are supposed to follow the career paths of their elders, which means Max is destined to be a troubadour. When Uncle ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so much fun. Much like the Big Nate: In a Class by Himself series and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this is a mixed-media story that has a great ratio of prose to graphic content. There's enough reading to satisfy teachers and parents, and enough comic to satisfy even reluctant readers.

There are several things I loved about this one, including the historical aspects, the challenging of gender roles and expectations, and the humor (even this adult chuckled out loud). There are twists and turns,
In the land of Byjovia, kids have to grow up to be what their parents/guardians are. Max does NOT want to be a troubadour like her Uncle Budrick. For one thing, Uncle Budrick isn’t very good. Secondly, it’s a bit dangerous, wandering from town to town, dealing with unhappy audiences and bandits on the road. What Max really wants to be is a knight. Uncle Budrick assures Max that if they can just get to Byjovia, they will have a place to live. After all, the citizens of Byjovia act just like their ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max and the Midknights is a lively, humorous addition to the popular comic-style genre that includes books like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and The Dork Diaries. While it is similar to the author’s Big Nate series and includes a nod to that series at the beginning, you don’t have to read a single Big Nate book to understand this one.

Max is a very reluctant apprentice troubadour who really wants to be a knight. The twist that Max was actually a girl was perfect and unexpected and totally
Spenser Keel
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who like reading Big Nate
This is a great book as a transition from picture books or junior graphic novels into junior fiction chapter books. The main character is surprising and the themes are great for young children. The book is also great for new junior fiction readers because it follows a traditional hero's journey which they will discover more and more as their reading progresses. There is one character who uses big words and would be great if you could help your child or student in looking these words up to better ...more
Teresa Edmunds
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I picked this book up because it is by Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate books, which are very popular with students. I was laughing from the very first pages. Yes, it is slap-stick and groan worthy humor in places, but overall, all together delightful! Max is an apprentice troubadour to his Uncle Budrick. Max dreams of being something else...anything else. When the pair come to the large city, Byjovia (I said there were some groan moments =D), Max finds himself in an adventure. Along the ...more
Cindy Meadows
Graphic Novel
Max and the Midknights - 2019
Max lives in the Medieval times where knights and dragons roam and children must follow in their families . Max is supposed to be a Troubadour like Uncle Budrick but Max really wants to be a knight. When Uncle Budrick gets kidnapped by King Gastley, the evil king of Byjovia, Max must team up with Kevyn, Millie and Simon to to create the Midknights and with the help of Mumble the Magician they set out to rescue him. After they rescue Uncle Budrick Max and
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teal-trunk
I've never been a big fan of the "Big Nate" series, but while standing in the library looking at new books something about this intrigued me even though it was set up very similar to the "Big Nate" books. To be honest it was a pretty straight forward medieval coming of age book full of dragons, kings, wizards, evil and of course knights in shining armor. The comic aspect made the book more accessible to a younger audience, but the storyline was captivating enough that an upper elementary school ...more
Thomas Chung
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max and the Midknights is about an apprentice troubadour who stumbles into a city called Byjovia, a once prosperous and happy kingdom. The old king, Conrad the kind, had disappeared, and his brother, Gastley, had taken over the kingdom and it had turned into ruins. With a sudden change of events, Max and his new found friends find themselves on an adventure to restore Byjovia to its former heights. Will they survive and restore the has-been
The kids are I are doing a little book club this summer, and this was my fourth-grader's pick.

All of us really enjoyed Max and the Midknights. I especially enjoyed the medieval setting and the opportunity it gave us to talk about troubadours, inherited professions, and the medieval world in general.

A great book club pick, we were able to talk about our favorite characters, the parts of the story we found most surprising, which illustrations we liked best, and whether or not we would read a
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Lincoln Peirce is a cartoon artist from Portland, Maine. He lives with his wife and two children, and occasionally gives lectures to students about cartoon creating. Peirce writes the comic strip "Big Nate". Peirce's comic strip, Big Nate, is featured as an island on the famous children's website, Poptropica. Big Nate appears as the first cartoon on The Maine Sunday Telegram in the comics section. ...more