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Marc Martin

Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob’s shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.

Until one summer, when everything changes…

From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia’s best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.

And chips.


Max is the sweet story of a seagull, Max, who likes fish, but also likes chips. When his good friend Bob, who coincidentally owns a fish-and-chip shop, moves away, Max flies across the city to search for him.

Marc Martin is a Melbourne-based illustrator; his previous picture books include A Forest, which uses stunning illustrations to introduce kids to ideas about sustainability and the environment, and The Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A–Z, a bizarre and alluring collection of unusual creatures. Max, meanwhile, is a gently told story with a message about an unlikely friendship and change.

The rich and playful illustrations are what really shine here. Martin has a unique and colourful style; his illustration work is published widely. In Max, Martin uses bright colours and distinct texture to construct a fun world, full of detail for kids to discover. The pages where Max explores the city from the sky are particularly impressive. This is another charming picture book from a brilliant local illustrator.

Max Denton works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton.

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