Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Guest Post by author Maxwell Eaton

Today, I am super excited to present to you a guest post from author Maxwell Eaton of The Adventures of Max and Pinky fame. Maxwell's Max and Pinky books are delightful gems full of humor that I think make them the perfect books to attract reluctant readers. So, I asked Max if he'd be willing to write a guest post about reaching out to reluctant readers. Well, can I just say that when I received his responses, I was thrilled at the creativity, effort, and humor that Maxwell put into the post. Check it out!

Hey you!

In discussing reluctant readers I’ve decided to be a “wreluctant writer” and quickly sketch out a few tips for any parents out there with their own little Ricky at home. Of course, I’m not a child behavior or literacy expert, but I do remember what it was like to be at the age where getting me to read was like taking me to get a haircut (a long, drawn out, hopeless battle where fifteen bucks goes down the drain and somebody’s ear gets cut). Oh to be twenty-three again. Anyway, I hope these little suggestions help or, at the very least, don’t result in any lawsuits. Then I’d have to reluctantly read the fine print on the subpoena, and that isn’t fun at any age. Enjoy!

Your bud,

Thank you so much Maxwell for all of the fabulous tips and for taking the time to present them in such a unique and fun way! You're a rock star!

And seriously, everybody, if you haven't checked out The Adventures of Max and Pinky, I don't know what you're waiting for. Click on the links below for more information about each book.

The Adventures of Max and Pinky: The Mystery

The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds

The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Superheroes

And guess what else? Max is taking a tour of the kidlitosphere. Check out all of the stops below:

12/1 – Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

12/3 – The Well-Read Child

12/5 – A Patchwork of Books

12/8 – Mommy Mandy

12/10 – Becky’s Book Reviews


  1. Oh, what an AWESOME little cartoon -- I love it!! I don't have little 'uns of my own, but his books are so cute. Thanks for posting his tour.

  2. TadMack,
    I was so excited when I received Maxwell's cartoons for the tour; he's such a fun author, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.

  3. I love Maxwell's cartoons. His books are going on my list! Thanks, Jill!

  4. Hey, from one Max to another. I'm glad to see you targeting reluctant readers. I write action-adventures & mysteries especially for tween boys who may not like to read.

    Keep up your good work!

    Max Elliot Anderson

  5. Oh wow...this 10-tips comic should be distributed far and wide. Too cool.

  6. This is GREAT! I'm certainly going to link to it. Thanks, Jill and Max.

  7. Those comics are great! Awesome ideas that many parents should read.

  8. I love it, this is so great and worth sharing.

  9. Thanks for your feedback everyone...I loved the way Maxwell shared easy, doable tips through humor.

  10. I'm with Jeremy. This is great. I'm gonna go post a link to this post from my Facebook page. It needs to be seen.

    7-Imp (who interviewed him on Monday!)

  11. Wonderful presentation! Love it!

  12. I can't wait. I have an afternoon class filled with boys that will love these books. Maybe Santa will leave them under the tree for me. Question if leperchauns painted the barn green did a pink princess paint the big pink?

  13. Jules: Great interview with Maxwell on Monday! Thanks for posting it on FB!

    Z-Dad: Glad you liked the post!

    Kyle: I hope Santa fulfills your wish. Leprechauns freak me out but not as much as pink princesses.

  14. Awesome cartoon! Think I'll share it with parents who complain when their kids check out "hard" books from the library.

  15. Very fun and very true! Why do teachers and parents balk so at "let them read what they want"? My 5th grade daughter has decided that she loves problem novels, so I just try to find her ones that are age-appropriate. Great cartoons! I'll be sure to share them with some teachers!

  16. Ms. Yingling,
    I wish I knew the answer to your question. It's no wonder so many kids are turned off by reading since they don't get to make their own choices.

    Thanks for reading and sharing the cartoons!

  17. Library Supporter,
    Thanks for sharing the information with parents. It's funny because I often heard parents complain about kids picking out books that were not hard enough, not books that were too hard.

  18. Awesome.

    Not long ago a children's librarian disparaged my son's choice of cartoon books. She didn't know that he is a serious cartoonist (for a 9yo) and also a big reader of "regular" books (with an extensive library at home). But should could have, had she asked.

  19. There are lots of reading tips out there but Maxwell Eaton's shine with humor and understanding of kids. And his delivery is so fun. is website has the same kind of humor. Thanks.

  20. I loved this. Every parent needs to see this post. Thanks!

  21. That is too cute! We will definitely be checking out his books soon! :)