Muddy Max The mystery of Marsh Creek

Elizabeth Rusch

Book - 2014

Follow Muddy Max and his friends as they dig through the dirt to solve the mystery of Marsh Creek.

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Genres
Graphic novels
Published
Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing ©2014.
Language
English
Item Description
"An epic tale full of secrets and superpowers"--Cover.
Physical Description
223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781449435615
1449435610
Main Author
Elizabeth Rusch (-)
Other Authors
Mike Lawrence (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In her first graphic novel, Rusch (Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World) introduces middle-school student Max Dredge, who discovers that coming into contact with mud gives him superstrength, invisibility, an enhanced intellect, and other abilities. But the more he indulges in this mucky miracle, the more the mud refuses to let him go. Max's "neat freak" parents, who have forbidden him from getting muddy for this very reason, begin to sense that something is wrong when his behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Meanwhile, Max grows suspicious of what his parents aren't telling him and traces various clues to a swamp outside town. Despite the potential for a superhero comic built around mud (as evidenced by Paul Grist's somewhat similar Mudman series), elements of the plot strain an already contrived premise (such as Max's friend's implausible technological capabilities, as well as the book's resolution). Colored in appropriately dull browns and grays, Lawrence's sequential art tries to play up the story's goofy sensibility and tone, though the mud itself can read more like watery chocolate than viscous muck. Ages 7–12. Agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Aug.)¦ [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–6—Despite living in a marsh, Max's parents are obsessed with cleanliness. Only when he is pushed into mud by a bully and discovers that mud gives him superpowers does he understand his soil scientist parents' reasoning. As he learns to use his new abilities, he has some predictable but fun adventures: saving a school bus full of his classmates, defeating a bully, and winning a soccer game. What shines in this engaging graphic novel is the relationships, especially the development of Max's family relationships. The full-color artwork is laid out in a traditional style with a variety of sized panels and page layouts. Similarly, the art itself is not groundbreaking, but very well done and appealing for an elementary school audience. An afterword further elaborates on some of the science of mud and encourages children to try their own experiments. The mix of adventure, humor, likable characters, and strong family dynamics will resonate with kids. Readers will be happy to see the obvious setup for a sequel.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK [Page 93]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

'Every kid dreams of having super powers--Max discovers he really has them! But will he be able to solve the mystery behind Marsh Creek?""Muddy Max takes that eternal struggle between kids and parents---whether to play in or stay out of mud puddles---and turns it into an epic tale full of secrets and superpowers and one very important lesson: Don't eat mud. It's earthworm poop.""--Matthew Holm, co-creator of Babymouse and Squish""What happens when genius-writer Elizabeth Rusch and super-artist Mike Lawrence get together? A book you won't be able to put down---or wash off! Not only does Muddy Max ooze adventure, it can also teach all of us something about bravery, science, and earthworm poop.""--Bart King, author of The Big Book of Superheroes and The Big Book of Gross Stuff'max may be the cleanest middle-school kid in the world--his neat-freak parents make certain of that. But what's behind their mysterious fear of mud? When Max finds himself face-down in a murky puddle, muddy from head to toe, he discovers something amazing: Mud gives him super powers. But there's more going on in Marsh Creek--and in his family--than he could ever imagine. Follow Muddy Max and his friends as they dig through the dirt to solve the mystery of Marsh Creek.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

'Every kid dreams of having super powers--Max discovers he really has them! But will he be able to solve the mystery behind Marsh Creek?""Muddy Max takes that eternal struggle between kids and parents---whether to play in or stay out of mud puddles---and turns it into an epic tale full of secrets and superpowers and one very important lesson: Don't eat mud. It's earthworm poop.""--Matthew Holm, co-creator of Babymouse and Squish""What happens when genius-writer Elizabeth Rusch and super-artist Mike Lawrence get together? A book you won't be able to put down---or wash off! Not only does Muddy Max ooze adventure, it can also teach all of us something about bravery, science, and earthworm poop.""--Bart King, author of The Big Book of Superheroes and The Big Book of Gross Stuff'max may be the cleanest middle-school kid in the world--his neat-freak parents make certain of that. But what's behind their mysterious fear of mud? When Max finds himself face-down in a murky puddle, muddy from head to toe, he discovers something amazing: Mud gives him super powers. But there's more going on in Marsh Creek--and in his family--than he could ever imagine. Follow Muddy Max and his friends as they dig through the dirt to solve the mystery of Marsh Creek.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Max, son to neat-freak parents, discovers that mud gives him super powers, and he uses them to discover the secret behind Marsh Creek--where Max's parents have forbidden him to go.