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Nov 14 2019

Max Booth future sleuth: Film flip

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Illus. by Dave Atze. Max Booth future sleuth series. Big Sky, 2019. ISBN: 9781922265104.
Recommended for readers aged 7-11. Themes: Future, Photographic history. Max and his robo-dog, Oscar, find a 400 year-old film canister and try to discover its contents. Unfortunately their understanding of the photographic process is limited . . . the old Internet ceased to function in 2037 and it is now 2424! Unfortunately their exploration of this 'old historical item' causes others to be interested too, and they encounter some risky moments as they race to keep the film safe. This is a fun exploration of a piece of 'lost' history that children from the digital era will also be baffled by.
Cameron Macintosh has written a short, but appealing story set far into the future with a quirky mix of travel, technology, robotics and history as backdrops to the storyline. It is a fun and comedic adventure with some variations in pace and characterisation. Illustrated with engaging cartoons, this is a book for readers aged 7-11, and they will enjoy learning about other 'old' items discovered by Max Booth in the other books in the series.
Carolyn Hull

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