Max Todd’s Frantic Friend Countdown

by L. M. Nicodemo

illustrated by Graham Ross

Max tries to calm the Super Fidgets by giving himself only five chances to become friends with the new kid in his class.

Max is the only kid in class without a best friend. Lucky for him there’s a new kid in school, but after Max makes a bad first impression, he is going to need a second chance to befriend Shiv.

While Max’s games usually keep his Super Fidgets at bay, this one is all about showing Shiv what a great friend he would be. After the game leads to terrible second, third and fourth impressions, Max learns that making new friends is not about playing games, but about being yourself.

Full colour illustrations and fun typography bring Max to life and make this book accessible to readers of all levels.

About the Authors

L. M. Nicodemo
L. M. Nicodemo
Graham Ross
Graham Ross

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.


"Frantic Friend Countdown puts simple, comic-style illustrations together with a bold, blocky typeface and a day-in-the-life narrative to stir the interest of young readers, most especially those who find other early chapter books a little too difficult to read. The overall look is similar to the "Dork Diaries", "Diary of a Wimpy Kid", or "Alvin Ho" series titles but contains much fewer words than any of them and has very simple writing. The contents page shows 11 chapters, however, and each chapter is announced with a page break and special header, modeling the structure of most grownup novels. The page-by-page design is more open and clean than, say, "Geronimo Stilton" titles, with the illustrations showcasing the object or person of interest without being distractingly detailed. Max is a cheerful, good-natured boy who tries to enjoy his daily school life while being archenemies with his neighbour Mandy Beth - a dependable formula for school stories.


Sae Yong Kim, CM Magazine

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