Superhero Max by Lawrence David

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Wiffle Biffle! These words turn Max into a superhero. But can a regular boy ever learn to be himself? It’s almost Halloween, and Max still doesn’t have any friends at his new school. So when the teacher invites all the kids to come in costume for the big day, Max knows just what he’ll be. He becomes Captain Crusader, Superhero. It’s a game he loved playing with his old friends, and now his classmates all want to play with him too.
Captain Crusader fights all sorts of villains. He’s liked and needed by everyone. But when Max persists in being a superhero–costume and all–after October 31st, the kids start to lose interest. Max pouts and acts out. His family begins to worry that he isn’t himself anymore. Can Max leave his superhero games behind long enough to see whether the kids like him for who he really is?

About Lawrence David

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Lawrence David has written numerous picture books , including Beetle Boy and Peter Claus and the Naughty List.
Published September 10, 2002 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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King’s (Enemy Pie, 2000, etc.) vibrant illustrations—which depict Max and his classmates with oversized heads, skinny necks, and wide-set reptilian eyes—are appropriately offbeat, perfect for portraying Max as he makes his transformation into Captain Crusader for the Halloween costume contest at ...

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David's (Beetle Boy) premise stretches credibility: Max keeps wearing his tattered costume in order to fit in with his peers, yet he rejects their offers to play games that don't require a superhero persona.

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