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Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3 Masters of Mischief

Written by Rachel Renee Russell

Part of the The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Series

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Crime / Mystery General Fiction Funny School Stories

LoveReading View on Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3 Masters of Mischief

Comic-style, comic adventures – reading doesn’t get any faster

If you love Tom Gates, the Wimpy Kid, or Nikki Maxwell of Dork Diaries fame, then you need to get to know Max Crumbly. Like these hapless anti-heroes, Max has a habit of getting into trouble – this episode opens with Max and his crush Erin Madison trapped in a dumpster full of smelly rubbish – mainly in an effort to escape school bullies or teachers.  He recounts his adventures in a breathless, as-it-happens mix of text and image, which is vivid, action-packed and guaranteed to keep the pages turning and readers laughing. It all works too because author Rachel Renée Russell understands her protagonist and her readers so well, ensuring that Max is always a credible and sympathetic character.

Andrea Reece

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Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3 Masters of Mischief Synopsis

When we last left our courageous hero, Max Crumbly, and his trusty sidekick Erin, they had just finished foiling the plans of some bumbling thieves. But Max and Erin were trapped in a smelly, dangerous dumpster of doom and about to be discovered by the last people they wanted to find them.

Now in this latest installment of Max's journals, Max and Erin face foes both new and old as their misadventures continue. Can the two friends avoid detection-and detention!-while keeping South Ridge Middle School safe from bullies and criminals?

Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3 Masters of Mischief Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review Book one in the series, Locker Hero. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A great book written in the style of a diary with fantastic illustrations. If you like Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid you will definitely like this too. Highly recommend.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book and it has to be one of the best books I’ve read for a while.' (and Alexander reads a lot!)
  • Lucy Stephenson, Year 8 - Millennium RIOT Readers, Thorpe Academy - 'This book made me laugh a lot as Max is so funny and the artwork is amazing. This was definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time as it kept me quickly turning the pages.'
  • Amina, age 10 - 'This is one of the best books I've ever read and the funniest...full of adventure, suspense, courage, teen worries and best of all laughs.'
  • Ross O'Gorman - 'an absolute rib tickler with fantastic illustrations and a really fun read.'
  • Evie, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book as it got straight into the action and it's funny all the way through.'
  • Harry, age 10 – Blenheim Primary School - 'This is a brilliant book with action all the way through, it also leaves you at the edge of your seat.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'The Misadventures of Max Crumbly is another hit from Rachel Renée Russell - absolutely hilarious...witty and I’m desperate to read more! A brilliant story, 10/10!'
  • Erica Motoc, age 10 - 'The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Locker Hero is a phenomenal book that is really quite extraordinary and unique.'
  • Lewis Briggs, age 10 - 'A book packed full of joy and laughter!  I can't wait to get the next book to see what happens. If you're a fan of Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries than this is your new favourite book!'
  • Emily Walklett, age 12 - 'A tense but fun book about Max's tricky situation when he is bullied in middle school. Easy to read, likely to appeal to boys aged 8+.'
  • Jessica Cobbin - 'I give this book 10/10.  It's just as good as Dork Diaries and I now want to read the rest of the series.'
  • Evie Aconley, age 10 - 'A book especially for those who love great adventure and have a vivid will make you laugh out loud, really loud!!!'
  • Enora Hauduc, age 8 - 'It was entertaining and the story pulled me in.'
  • Sam Harper, age 12 - 'A really, cool and funny book with brilliant raps and cartoons. A definite must-read for any Wimpy Kid fans out there.'
  • Jessica Bowkley, Yr 7,  Dormston Secondary School - 'This book is comical...perfect for boys who could probably understand and relate to many of Max’s thoughts and think of solutions to his problems. But of course this is a great read for girls too!'
  • Eddie Herbert age 10, Red Maid’s Junior School - 'You'll be laughing in seconds and won't stop until you've finished! This is an amazing book- a definite must-read!'
  • Dre Davies age 11, Blenheim Primary School - 'This book is an awesome book...This is a funny book with hilarious parts.'
  • Maya Lewis, age 9 - 'This book made me want to read more because it has lots of great things included (great vocabulary) that I can now use. Rachel is the best author!'
  • Scott Garrett age 11, Blenheim Primary School - 'I recommend this book to people who read diary based books'
  • Thomas Buck, age 11 - 'I recommend this book for people who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A great book written in the style of a diary with fantastic illustrations. If you like Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid you will definitely like this too. Highly recommend.'

Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3 Masters of Mischief Press Reviews

Praise for The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero;

‘If you like Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and, of course, Dork Diaries you’ll love this very funny new book series’ – The Sun

‘Written in journal format and peppered with humorous illustrations, Max’s (mis)adventures are sure to be a hit’ – Booktrust

‘It is very similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid but I like Max better’ – Mads, aged 8, Toppsta reviewer

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471184949
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Rachel Renee Russell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: Crime / Mystery, General Fiction, Funny, School Stories

About Rachel Renee Russell

Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing children's books to legal briefs (mainly because books are a lot more fun and pyjamas and bunny slippers aren't allowed in court). She has raised two daughters and lived to tell about it. Dork Diaries was her debut novel and there are now over ten books in the internationally bestselling series which has appeared on the NYT bestseller top ten non-stop for over a year, and which has over 19 million copies in print worldwide. Her new book The Misadventures of Max Crumbly was published in June 2016. Rachel lives ...

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