Max Attacks is a 2019 Children’s picture book written by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan. It is about a distractible young cat called Max who is obsessed with some fish in a bowl but continually leaves them to pounce on things including socks, shoelaces, and a lizard on a flyscreen but always returns to the bowl. He eventually “pounces” on his food bowl, eats lots, then has a cat nap.
In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews wrote “Rollicking rhymes and playful language create an admiring third-person narrative that perfectly captures Max’s energy and charm.”, commended the text typeface (“The typeface .. adds personality and enhances the humor.”) and illustrations (“Textured brush strokes add to the sense of movement, while simply drawn features convey a wealth of emotion …”).
- “Max Attacks”. Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. April 1, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
- “Max Attacks”. Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. March 27, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
Appelt (Angel Thieves) writes with catlike flexibility and bounce, …
- Maryann Owen. “Max Attacks”. Booklist. American Library Association. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
A large format, engaging pictures, and enjoyable rhymes create a perfect read-aloud for story time or one-on-one sharing
- Laken Hottle. “Max Attacks”. School Library Journal. Media Source Inc. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
The narrative is written in swinging, rhyming, catty prose with accompanying bright and often zoomed-in illustrations.