Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Recurring Stomachaches

Pages: 48, Color
Size: 6" x 9"
Age Range: 6-1
Item #: 441B091
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1130-2
List Price: $14.95
Copyright: 2012
Format: Hardcover
Other Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Meet Max. Max Archer, Kid Detective. Max helps kids solve problems.

Max's friend Emily has stomachaches. A lot of them! So, Max and Emily investigate the big three causes of stomachaches — lactose intolerance, constipation, and stress — and determine what causes Emily's stomach to hurt. Without even realizing it, Emily has been under stress, so much that her tummy feels it! Using kid-friendly stress-busting strategies, Emily learns how to get back on track and feel better.

Come on! You too can join Max and learn to bust your stress and get rid of your stomachaches. Be sure to check out the extra fun activities at the end of the book, and show your parents the Q&A written just for them.

About the Author
Howard J. Bennett, MD practices pediatrics in Washington, DC and lives in Maryland with his wife, two children, and three dogs. In addition to his books, Dr. B writes articles for the KidsPost section of the Washington Post and has a column in Jack and Jill magazine called "Life is Gross." He is also the author of several Magination Press books!
About the Illustrator
Spike Gerrell lives in North London with his partner Kaz, their son Ethan, daughter Stevie Jasmine, Freddie the cat, and a big load of stick insects. He likes cycling, running, making stuff and, of course, drawing. Most of all, though, he likes spending time with his kids.
Reviews & Awards

With a casual question-and-answer format and colorful cartoon illustrations, the title follows Max's explanations to Emily — and the reader — about how digestion takes place and the three main causes of a stomachache: lactose intolerance, stress, and constipation…kids will enjoy learning about basic body functions, which are references in a diagram that traces the route of the digestive tract "from start to rather gross finish." A final section "just for parents" adds more.

The book handles clinical information with a dose of humor, and includes related activities and a Q&A. Bennett doesn't shy away from talking about "farts, poop and other icky stuff," topics that some kids — and plenty of adults — just aren't comfortable talking about. It's not hard to imagine parents using the kid detective's tips to explain their own recurring stomachaches.
The Washington Post