Funny Lunch (Max Spaniel Series)


Max Spaniel is not a dog ... he's a chef! Well, a short order cook to be more exact. When people come to his diner to eat, he takes the order and makes the food. Or at least that's the plan.

Young Readers (4, 6):
My kids loved the hilarity of the story. Max is just ridiculous, in an adorable way that makes kids laugh and parents chuckle. This is a story that has been made interesting so that kids will WANT to learn to read it. Kids will enjoy it and want to read more. They will learn that books are interesting (not dry or boring!) and that you can go on an adventure with interesting characters if you open up a book. 

Parent Perspective:
Max Spaniel is a wonderful read on so many levels. He's cute, his antics are hilarious, and he makes reading fun for kids. The illustrations have lots of visual humor and would allow for using this as a "wordless" book to make up your own story.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Funny, action-based illustrations and simple text make this a fun book to share with kids who are getting ready to read, as well as those who are developing their skills.

Content Awareness Factors:

Don't read before bedtime ... this is not a quiet book. I also wish the cat had a name - or at least got some credit. Max talks about "we" a lot, but he doesn't tell us who his partner is.

Type of Book:
This easy reader uses fun graphics and lots of humor to help kids learn to read.
Educational Themes:

This is a story meant to help new readers practice their skills. You can stretch it to pull out themes or ideas (like idioms) but it really is just a fun book to share and read aloud.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 6
Age of child:
Read with boys ages 4 and 6.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Be forewarned: it will tickle your kids' funny bone (and probably yours) and you'll be reading it a lot! It is short enough that your young reader will learn it quickly, and be ready to move on to another book. However, if you have young

Title Funny Lunch

Max Spaniel Series, Book 2

Author David Catrow
Publisher Orchard Books, Imprint Scholastic Inc. © 2010
Illustrators David Catrow
ISBN 9780545057479
Material Hard Cover
Cost $6.99
Genres Easy Reader, Humor
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