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Max and Xam

Written & illustrated by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
Published by Child's Play
4.75 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.7 / 5.0
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May 15, 2020
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What's Max and Xam About

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Max and Xam are the very best of friends - until they fall out over who is more popular! Determined to prove the other wrong, their exploits bring new meaning to the phrase ‘making friends’. A hilarious and delightfully far-fetched story about the meaning and value of real friendship.

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Quotes from Max and Xam

  • “Max missed Xam. Xam missed Max.”
  • “My favorite flowers! My favorite cake! My favorite friend!”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Max and Xam are friends who end up having a disagreement. How did they make amends and stay friends? Have you ever had a similar experience? What did you do?

  • Since Max and Xam are such good friends, they know what will make the other happy. What are some things your best friend likes?

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.0 / 7.0

Unique character design with a simple, uplifting story.

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
4.5 / 7.0
B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.75 / 7.0

A cute and enjoyable story about friends who quarrel and make up, but I do wish the narrative included actually saying sorry—but their actions are thoughtful towards each other when they resolve the conflict and hug as “favorite friends” once again.

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

A situation friends find themself in all too often—a small disagreement that gets out of hand—is brought to life with this story. The illustrations are adorable and the message and resolution is sweet :)

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Who Wrote Max and Xam

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Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar

Ariane has been drawing all her life, but only caught the picture book bug while working as an Au Pair near Chicago. She fell in love with all the picture books in the libraries she frequented. Never did it occur to her that she could do such a thing herself. Fast forward and a Psychology Degree and Masters in Children’s Book Illustration later and now in London, UK, her dream came true and she got her first picture book—Ice in the Jungle—published. She often bases her stories on her own experience, anecdotes and even research. With her books, she hopes to show children and adults alike how we can all live and learn together, no matter who we are or where we are from.

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What Has Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar Said About Max and Xam

  • On her inspiration for the characters Max and Xam:

    Max and Xam is all about being right—but at what cost? Sometimes it is better to think about what is most important: being right, or a friendship. I do love the characters a lot. I think they are the best of buddies. Their faces are modelled on African masks. While visiting Geneva once, I went to an exhibition about masks. It wasn’t a big exhibition, but it was very diverse and made me feel like I travelled the world when I left. I did many sketches of the masks and months later when I created the story those masks were still influencing me and finally found their way onto the page. Max and Xam are both also a bit like sloths, that’s why they have such long claws. I wish they were real, I’d love to give them a big fluffy hug.

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Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar's Book Dedication

For Maya, Mahi and Mika

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Publication Date:
May 15, 2020

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