Max Magic: the Sunday Times bestselling debut from Stephen Mulhern!
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That said, the illustrations are fun and I particularly liked the blue page edges and the magic top hat images with the stars as you flick the pages. Like his character Max, Stephen grew up in East London on his family's market stall and didn't have the easiest of starts at school.
Stephen Mulhern is one of the most in-demand television presenters today, with a string of smash-hit television shows including Catchphrase, In For a Penny and Rolling In It. A chase through the market ensues and he falls foul of the Crayfish twins and their suit gets ruined. As a child she loved to draw , so when she grew up she knew that she wanted to get a degree in Fine Arts.
Max's character was fun to learn about, and seeing him carry on the family tradition of being a magician. Unfortunately he does not apply the same determination to his school work much to the frustration of his friend Sophie.
Although there is a lot of fun interwoven into the story, there are also themes and references which are dark and disturbing (bullying, intimidation, extortion, the use of knives and guns) and for this reason I’d be concerned about a young child reading it on their own. However Stephen Mulhern is ably assisted by Tom Easton who is an author, and the result is a hugely enjoyable romp. I think most children will enjoy reading about Max and his adventures with magic and his group of friends. Along with his co-author Tom Easton, Stephen has written a book that is easy to read, engaging, and funny. Love the magic trick at the end when Stephen reads your mind and says “you don’t see many grey elephants in denmark do you?This children’s book tells the tale of Max Mullers, an East End boy with a quirky family and supportive group of friends who can’t wait to be the best magician in the world! A zany, fast pace tale that is sure to grab kids attention and also subtly deals with issues like bullying and being different and embracing it. It also shows how teamwork can help you achieve challenges easier, and it was great to see the friends come up with different ideas. Inspired by Stephen Mulhern's incredible story of his journey to becoming a magician, performer and TV star.
He's not going to use his mysterious new magical abilities to do it, either - Max will compete fair and square. I think that the excellent illustrations very evocatively capture the scenes being described and I’m sure children will enjoy discovering the ‘magic’ of seeing the images of the top-hat change as they flip through the lower right-hand corners of the pages!I think any younger would need it to be read to them and enjoyment would be dependent on their level of understanding. So, to conclude, if you are looking for a children’s book filled with magic, and relatable characters, do give this book a go and I hope you will like it. Stephen Mulhern is a well known TV presenter and I think he should be proud of his first childrens novel.
OK so clearly im not the target audience for this book as i am an adult, but i actually really enjoyed it, and got caught up in the story, the book tells the story of max the wannabe magician who practice hard at his magic but still have a way to go until one day his life chances forever, the book also covers morals you would expect in a kids book like standing up to bullies without becoming one, in many ways its the kind of book you would expect from Stephen Mulhern its full magic and cheesy jokes, i actually would be happy to read future books, im excited to see what he does with his magic, i love the random use of cockney rhyming slang, max's gran uses.As well as his TV career, Stephen is an experienced all-round entertainer, having performed his very own magic and one-man variety shows up and down the country for the past 12 years. I thought it was also a nice touch that instructions on how to perform certain magic tricks are included at the end of the book.