Walker Books, 2021
40pp., hbk., RRP $A27.99
There are lots of babies being born in the neighbourhood, but now it is Max who is going to have a little brother or sister. And even before the ultrasound can tell if it is a boy or a girl, the traditional family mask is in place!
When she was born there was a hand-knitted Super cape from Grandma and soft leather boots from Grandpa and she grew up to be just like her mother Madam Thunderbolt, her dad Captain Lightning and of course, Max. She was so clever that she started school early, but there things began to change, because she just didn’t seem to fit in with the other children. First to go, much to the family’s chagrin, was the cape – jeans were so much more practical – but Maxine kept her mask.
But will she ever going to be able to break free of her family’s expectations and be herself?
To quote the publisher, this is a book about “a coming-of-age superhero story about growing up and discovering your identity, with the support of a loving family” and while that might be a popular theme in literature for young child, this one has the magic of Bob Graham’s craftmanship. And even though it is 20 years since we first met Max himself, this one is likely to be just as timeless and relevant in 2041.