Made by Maxine

Ruth Spiro, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
Maxine loves making new things from old things. She loves tinkering until she has solved a problem. She also loves her pet goldfish, Milton. So when it's time for her school's pet parade, she's determined to create something that will allow Milton to march with the other animals. Finally, after trying, trying, and trying again, she discovers just the right combination of recycled odds and ends to create a fun, functional--and absolutely fabulous--solution to her predicament.

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Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Have you ever wanted your pet to go to an event, but can’t seem to find a way to make it happen? Maxine is an inventor. When she hears about a pet parade at school, she wants to take her goldfish, Milton. Maxine wants a better home for her goldfish, and says, “If I can dream it, I can make it!” She tries multiple times to create a machine to take Milton to the pet parade. Will Maxine succeed, or will she take a class pet to school in defeat? The story uses emphasis via text and speech bubbles. The background vividly shows the reader how Maxine is problem-solving, and her family’s relationship with her. The illustrations are made using eye-catching, bright oil paint and collage. Made by Maxine is a fun book for children who love creating contraptions in their free time, or for those who want to get better at persevering. But you don’t have to take my word for it! Pick up Made by Maxine at your local library or bookstore! Submitted by: Thomas D.

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