Picture Book Review: Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic

My Magic Breath
Title: Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic
Author: Alexandra Boiger
Release Date: March 27th, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Age Group: Children - any ages
Genre: Picture book

Best friends Max and Marla are back in this charming spring tale of friendship and forgiveness. . .

Max and Marla know how to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. So when the first sunny day of spring comes along, they've got the perfect plan--a picnic! They pack up their favorite dishes and their comfiest blanket and then they're off to the lake. Once they settle in, Max realizes the picnic needs one more thing to be just right: a bouquet for Marla. But while he's gone, Marla falls asleep, leaving their picnic prey to some thieving squirrels. Max returns to find their spread ruined and says it's all Marla's fault. But best friends can't stay mad for long . . . Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic is another adorable ode to friendship from fan favorite Alexandra Boiger.

What a perfect spring and summer (and any season) read! This sweet story shows such a great message of forgiveness and fun. 


This story tells the tale of Max and his owl friend, Marla, going on a picnic adventure together. This dynamic of a boy and his owl friend is so endearing. My littles and I both loved the illustrations throughout the story as we go on a picnic adventure with Max and Marla. But we also loved the story too. 

I love the gentle way that conflict is displayed in this book. There's a conflict between Max and Marla  that I felt was handled gently and thoroughly in a healthy way. It was such a good example for kids to see a conflict between friends that is resolved with love. 
There was so much to enjoy with this story. We loved the illustrations and the story was full of friendship, love, warmth and a little bit of humor as well. A wonderful story to pick up and read this spring/summer/whenever!


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