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Playtime Books: Max and the Magic Word- Colin Hawkins

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Colin Hawkins, Jacqui Hawkins / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 24 Pages / Book is published 1995-08-31 by Puffin Books

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      18.01.2012 11:13
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      A lovely book with a message

      My daughters latest school book has been Max and the magic Word by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins, the book can be purchased from Amazon for £4.59, the book was first published in 1986 by Viking Kestrel and then republished in 1988 by Puffin Books.

      The front cover of the book shows a dog who you find from the story is called Max and he is looking very confused then there is a speech bubble stating "ehat is the magic word?" The title of the book is written in dark blue and the main word is the biggest on the front and then there is a red section down the side which has little child like drawings on it. I don't think the cover is particularily attractive but it must have drawn my daughter in somehow as she choose to bring it home.

      The story follows a dog called max who sees his friends with different things on each page, on every page he wants what his friends have got but noone will give him anything as he doesn't say please. Max gets angrier and angrier throughout the book until the end when he finally asks "what is the magic word?" to which all his friends tell him together PLEASE.

      The pictures in this book are very basic and are the sort of drawings you would expect in an episode of Garfield, the pictures are in bold colours and makes then good for little eyes to concentrate on. On each page there is a little mouse who has something to say on each page and the writing on each page is very short sentences and all in speech bubbles. When we first read this book I asked my daughter after the first page what the magic word was to which she looked at me blankly then i asked what do you say when you want something to which she replied please and from that point she shouted please at the end of every page.

      This book wasn't one of my favourites that we have read but my daughter liked reading it and we have read it a couple of times since, my daughter seems to like books that she can interact with and she thought it was funny when all the dogs friends grouped together and shouted please at the end of the book. I think the little mouse is a nice touch on each page but you have to be careful to read the bubbles in the right order for them to make sense as on one Max says "it's my turn with the bubbles" to which the sheep says "don't you know the magic word Max?" to which the mouse says "I don't think he does" so if you read the mouse before the sheep it doesn't make sense. This book was an ok read but nothing special but I think this book would be suited to a child around 2 who is learning manners rather than 4-5 which is my childs school group who should already know their manners.

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