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Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Max wants to be just like his dad - fun, loud and strong. He loves their trips to the fair and Dad's no-nonsense attitude when Max gets in trouble at school. But everything changes when mysterious boxes and even more mysterious wads of cash start turning up at their house, and when Dad disappears it's up to Max to look after his three sisters until Dad comes home.

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Paperback, 225 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Puffin (first published January 10th 2019)
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I`ve been waiting on a new Susie Day book for what feels like ages now, and Max`s story definitely didn`t disappoint- I think it may be my new favourite of her books, in fact. It follows the titular character Max as his dad disappears under rather shady circumstances and he has to look after his younger sisters, which he chooses to do by running away to Wales, where he ends up trying to slay a dragon so he can acquire the riches legends claim it guards. I found Max to be an utterly lovable hero ...more
Hannah Shattock
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max was an amazing eleven-year-old with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Known for saying the wrong thing or getting in trouble, Max never shirked his responsibility in looking after his sisters. His actions took me on an emotional roller coaster and at times I couldn't believe how far Max had taken things, while at other times I was in awe at the decisions he'd made for his family.

It was easy to visualise this and see the world as Max sees it. His view was unique and full of innocence
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Robin Stevens
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely story about Max, a boy who's so desperate to keep his little sisters safe that he takes them on an adventure from his home beside the seaside in England all the way to the Welsh mountains. I loved what this book has to say about the unfair pressure that adults sometimes put on children to be responsible, and I love Susie's warm authorial voice. (8+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book
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Rebecca Rouillard
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Max Kowalski keeps making bad decisions and getting into trouble. But when Max's Dad disappears Max has to step up and look after his younger sisters until his Dad gets back. But when his Dad is away longer than expected, Max concocts a plan involving a trip to Wales, a mountain to scale and a dragon to slay. This is a moving, heartfelt story that addresses the fallibility of parents and the importance of asking for help when you need it. Max is a great, believable character - an 11-year-old in ...more
Mindy Cherry
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, heartfelt story. Made me laugh and cry. Stunning.
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