Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Review: Around the World Adventures of Max and Jack: France by Emily Overton

Around the World Adventures of Max & Jack, France (Around the World Adventure of Max and Jack Book 1)
By Emily F. Overton
Publisher: Emily F. Overton
Published: Dec. 5, 2011

Amazon Synopsis:

From author Emily F. Overton comes an engaging tale that will fuel children’s imagination. Around the World Adventures of Max and Jack will take them on an exciting journey they have never been on and explore places they have never visited, like France. 

A boy named Max and his dog, Jack, live in Lemi Castle on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Each day, they travel to a different country around the world. In each country, they meet other boys and girls and their pets that tell them about their country and show them fun places to visit. Their first stop is France where they learn a little bit about the country like what the French people eat, their religion, history, climate, and more. Max and Jack also visit some of France’s most famous sights. At the end of each day, they rate the fun factor of their trip and look over their photo album.

With charming illustrations done by the author herself and a fun story, Around the World Adventures of Max and Jack is an entertaining and educational read that will engross young readers from beginning to end. They will surely look forward to more exciting adventures with Max and Jack. 

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 My Thoughts:

Around the World Adventures of Max and Jack created for young children to understand more about other countries and children from around the world. It is less of a story book and more of a fact book. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting.

Max and his pet dog take you on a trip to a new country in each book where they meet new boys and girls and their animal friends who take them on a guided tour where they see some of the wonderful things of their country and learn some of  the interesting things of that country.

The whole purpose of these books is to increase tolerance between children of different nations. But I think it is also a great resource for young school children to get facts for early school reports too. There are excellent pictures to look at if families will be traveling to these countries that could be used to help spark the interest of the child in preparation before the trip.

The pictures are clear and crisp. The only thing I didn’t like about the pictures was the one page where the world map was oriented 90 degrees to the rest of the book. I would have like to have seen the page oriented the same way as the rest of the book.

The text is simple with the letters like “g” being written as we do when we print which is helpful for young children learning to read.

Max talked like a child which was very appropriate. The book is a very good book for reading with a parent. I think parents and children will enjoy it. I gave it 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

I am a 28-year-old mother of my little princess Rachel, I have done a variety of different jobs only to realise that writing and illustrating are my passion.

My vision since I was a young girl was that if people knew more about other people from different countries, cultures, religions and races, the world would be a better place through better understanding of one another. That is where I got the idea of creating the series “Around the World Adventures of Max and Jack” back in year 11 of high school. 

A little boy and his dog travel to many different countries around the world meeting other boys and girls and learning about their way of life.

Children are the future of the world and values they will carry for life are usually imbedded in their minds during childhood. If children of the world read Max and Jack and follow their adventures hopefully acceptance of other people will be imbedded in their minds for life. And hopefully the world will be a better place for all in the future.

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