Weekends with Max and His Dad

2 CDs. 1:45 hrs. Recorded Books. Jul. 2016. $25.75. ISBN 9781501930560. digital download.
K-Gr 3—Max's parents are getting a divorce, and his dad has just moved into a new apartment. Third grader Max is starting to become aware of what it means to split time between the house he's always lived in—and where his mom still lives—and his dad's place, which doesn't even have a couch yet. Max's secret spy skills help him observe quite a bit about this new territory, and even though his father is a pretty hopeless spy helper, he manages to learn a few things, too. They explore Dad's building and neighborhood across three chapters, making good friends and self-discoveries along the way. The voice of narrator Chris Henry Coffey is amiable and warm. The characters' voices are minimally distinctive, but with well-paced reading and straightforward text, it is easy to understand who is speaking.
VERDICT Gentle story lines and understated narration make this a solid listen for elementary students.

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