Mister Max, The Book of Lost Things, by Cynthia Voigt, is a quaint and quirky trip into a world where parents make dramatic exits, and a smart young boy must use his wits and puzzle solving skills to survive.
Max is left alone when his theatrical parents take a long journey, initiated by a mysterious letter. Max spends the story trying to find his parents, but also discovers he has a talent for finding lost things. Things other than his parents, that is. The end of the story has a wondrous clue that leads directly into the next book, which I hope will be coming out soon.
Cynthia Voigt has written a tale that will delight children who love funny, mysterious books such as those by Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. This is a cute book I will be recommending to students in my class.
Disclaimer: I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.