Meet Flynn Bingham, the little kid with the big, fidgety, wiggly problems! When Flynn invents a game to keep the super fidgets at bay for the day, he needs to rhyme every reply he gives. But with Mandy Beth trying her best to trip him up, it isn't easy!
Kids will love Flynn because he shows them that while it's not always easy being a kid — especially a kid who's a bit different — there is always humour, kindness and love in the most unexpected places. Adult readers will enjoy these early reader chapter books and the authors inventive presentation of a boy who has to keep the fidgets at bay with one game or another!
L. M. NICODEMO is a school teacher who hopes that this series will mark the beginning of a long and joyful career in writing. She lives with her family in southwestern Ontario
GRAHAM ROSS is an illustrator and designer who has illustrated many books for a wide range of Canadian childrens book publishers. He lives in a log home in the woods with his family just outside of Merrickville, Ontario.
"The book is a great beginning chapter book for young readers, and the use of large, bold fonts to exaggerate certain words and phrases ... makes it appealing to an elementary-age audience. ... the ratio of text to Graham Ross's illustrations is approximately 50:50 making Hyper to the Max a less intimidating read than many other chapter books. A fabulous addition to school and classroom libraries."
"The target audience will surely have no trouble relating to the storylines. The blend of fun graphics by Graham Ross, with varying sizes and designs of text in the quickly paced 96 pages, will be appealing to both beginning and reluctant readers.
The series is written by a teacher who clearly has insight into the mind of a child who feels the type of anxiety that Max does, presumably because she has encountered some throughout her career. While it may be rare to have a child as young as Max display the self-awareness and strength of will that he does, perhaps these books will serve as inspiration to children facing the same difficulties with their own Super Fidgets.
The four books were published concurrently for Formac's First Novels Series, in a format that should prove to be attractive to young readers. Rated good, even great at times, generally useful!"