Picture Book Review: Max and Xam

Max and Xam by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
Max and Xam
by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar

5 out of 5 stars

Max and Xam are the best of friends, until one day their friendship is ruined by a big fight. Max decides to make some new friends out of rocks and tree limbs and some paint for their faces. Xam makes some new friends out of old tires and umbrellas and milk cartoons with buttons for eyes. But the made-up friends just aren’t the same as a real friend. You can’t have a tea party with a rock, or say good night to a broom. Max and Xam decide to repair their friendship, and find a way to reconcile.

This picture book is hilarious and sweet! The two characters are so imaginative in the way they create various “friends” out of materials around their house and garden, painting faces onto old bottles, rocks, boxes, and even cardboard toilet paper rolls. The text is just right for little readers with a simple story told in a few vivid words.
The illustrations are adorable with funny expressions on the characters’ faces, and little details in the background that add depth to the story! I love the bright colors and soft lines in the artwork. The characters’ movements are vibrant and full of energy! The story and art combine in such a seamless way to make this book truly special.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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