Max and the Talent Show

Reycraft Books. (Max and Friends: Bk. 2). Dec. 2019. 32p. pap. $8.95. ISBN 9781478868903.
K-Gr 2–In this second book featuring Max, a white transgender boy, the spotlight shines on his black male friend, Steven, who wears frilly dresses. Imaginative Steven is eager for the upcoming talent show and wants to find the perfect gown, shoes, cape, and tiara. Every encounter with a salesperson requires Steven to spin a fictional story about why he needs the feminine items. Max and Steven’s mom support Steven’s quest for stardom, but Max prefers to stay in the background as his assistant. As in the first book, the text is simple, with short sentences and episodic chapters. Despite its picture book format, this series title is an excellent choice as an early reader with an LGBTQIA+ theme.
VERDICT A worthy title for classrooms, libraries, and PFLAG and other support organizations’ collections.

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