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Max and Marla

Written & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
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Two fearless Olympians sled to victory in this delightful new picture book

Max and Marla are best friends. And aspiring Olympians! With their eyes on the prize, they know exactly what it’ll take to reach sledding success: preparation, practice and perseverance. So when rusty blades, strong winds and difficult slopes get in their way, Max and Marla realize true joy lies not in winning but in friendship. Obstacles turn into victories!

With delightful illustrations and charming text, Alexandra Boiger brings to life the story of two unstoppable pals—true Olympians who never give up!

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  • Obstacles are turned into victories.
  • True Olympians never give up.

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.75 / 7.0

The watercolor illustrations in this book are gorgeous and beautifully convey this story of two friends who brave a winter wonderland to show exactly what it takes to become true Olympians. Friendship, perseverance and preparation prevail in this humorously and child-friendly portrayal of overcoming failure and pushing through obstacles to achieve your goals.

Lemony Snickers
Reading contracts all day long. Not bad, but not quite as fun as reading about hobbits.
5.5 / 7.0
Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.5 / 7.0

This is a cute little story of one who doesn’t give up. He takes his little bird friend along with him and keeps trying to reach his goal of the Olympics. I love his enthusiasm and ability solve problems when one thing doesn’t work. He tries many different approaches without discouragement.

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Who Wrote Max and Marla

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Alexandra Boiger
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Alexandra Boiger is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>She Persisted </i>by Chelsea Clinton and <i>The Little Bit Scary People</i> by Emily Jenkins. Ms. Boiger lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter. Visit her at

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What Do Critics Say About Max and Marla

  • “Boiger’s story is graceful, and her limited-palette watercolor illustrations in well-designed combinations…effectively keep readers’ attention on the story. …A fun-filled story that delivers the true nature of the Olympian spirit.”

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  • “A humorous addition to winter tales and a good story about persistence in pursuing goals.”

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  • “Boiger excels at closely observed, affectionate details, like Max carrying a snoozing Marla to bed, or the friends stringing donuts on ribbons to serve as Olympic medals.”

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  • “Boiger’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations carry a sweetness of expression and make use of an icy palette…Many little lessons are imparted in Boiger’s debut, but its mantra remains, ‘True Olympians never give up.’”

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