Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert (Hardcover)

Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert By Stacy McAnulty, Deborah Hocking (Illustrator) Cover Image

Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert (Hardcover)


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This hilarious, tongue-in-cheek guide from kid-expert Max reveals everything you need to know about the game of soccer.

Max knows a lot about soccer. After all, he's been playing it for almost three weeks! So he's pretty much an expert. Here Max shares his one-of-a-kind helpful tips including how to warm up (stretch, twirl, somersault), who's who on the field (the ref is in yellow and wears a whistle--you should not bring your own whistle), and what to do with your hands since you can't touch the ball (wave at fans, hide them in your shirt, play itsy-bitsy spider). But could Max possibly be forgetting something very important? Full of humor, energy, and warmth, Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert is the perfect read aloud for novice players as well as for fellow "kid experts" on the game.

Want more fun with Max? Don't miss Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert.
Stacy McAnulty is the author of many children's books, including Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, Beautiful, Excellent Ed (an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book), and 101 Reasons Why I'm Not Taking a Bath. She also writes chapter books and middle-grade novels. She lives in North Carolina with three kids, three dogs, and one husband. You can visit her at or on Twitter @stacymcanulty.

Deborah Hocking is the illustrator of The Great Henry Hopendower and the nonfiction picture book Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver Dam. She lives in Portland, Oregon, in a hundred-year-old cottage that she fixed up with her husband, Jay. Learn more at
Product Details ISBN: 9781101996409
ISBN-10: 1101996404
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 19th, 2019
Pages: 32
Language: English
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book of the Year

"A simple, funny, and exciting story. McAnulty and Hocking score again." —Kirkus Reviews

"Very funny. Kids who remember—and parents who are new to experience—that first season . . . will laugh and slap their foreheads over Max’s misplaced enthusiasm, cleverly chronicled by Hocking’s mixed-media artwork and McAnulty’s wry text in the speech bubbles." —BCCB

"Sports fans and lovers of a good silly picture book will have much to cheer for here." —School Library Journal

"Max is a relatable hero for readers who like being on the field but whose minds might not be entirely in the game." —Publishers Weekly