Reliving the History of the Max Booth Stamp Safari Blog Tour

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What an exciting quest to boggle the mind with infinite and unreal possibilities! The Max Booth Stamp Safari Blog Tour has been a marvellous expedition in and across the blogosphere and way, way into the future. Cameron Macintosh has most definitely ensnared our imaginations and given us some thought-provoking facets of the technological world we live in. You’re awesome!

You can travel back in time to relive the history of the entire Max Booth Stamp Safari tour by flying across to this archived page here.

Special thanks to Cameron for your creative, fascinating and eye-opening  contributions and support to Books On Tour! It’s been such a fun trip engaging with your futuristic world. You get our big stamp of approval!

ALSO! We’d like to thank our residents of the blog burbs for being valuable supporters of the tour… Michelle Worthington at Share Your Story, Melissa Gijsbers at Read For Fun, Megan Higginson, Teena Raffa-Mulligan at In Their Own Write, Boomerang Books, Kellie Byrnes and Julie Anne Grasso!


And finally, there is still time to enter the ‘Max Booth MASSIVE #BookGiveaway!‘ to WIN this amazing book pack – the whole Max Booth Future Sleuth series by Cameron Macintosh, courtesy of Big Sky Publishing!

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The Max Booth Stamp Safari Photo Gallery

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Max Booth Future Sleuth Stamp Safari has been preserved in time in this special gallery of book photography and internal images. Maybe these will turn up in the Musuem of Modern Art for some future sleuthers to find one day! Enjoy! 😉

*Photography by Books On Tour. Internal book illustrations by Dave Atze.


For another fun blog post, head over to Kellie Byrnes’ website to view a creative guest article by Cameron Macintosh!

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Character QandA with Max, Oscar and Jessie from Stamp Safari

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We’re so excited to visit Jessie, Max and Oscar in the year 2424 for this rad chat with the super sleuthing gang of the future! Thanks for this rare opportunity! 🤖👾🐶

Hello to all of you! Thank you for jumping back in time (or are we in the future?) to talk with us!

Max: Thanks for joining us in the year 2424!

Jessie: It’s very impressive that you could make it – especially considering that time travel won’t be invented until 2035!

Oscar: Woof!

Firstly, congratulations on solving the mystery of the little sticky paper! What were your initial thoughts upon finding it in the museum?

Max: At first, I thought it was some kind of collectible sticker – the kind that kids used to put in sticker books. They had some strange hobbies 400 years ago! I knew it was valuable whatever it was – paper is incredibly rare these days.

Jessie: Actually, I thought it was a sports-themed bandaid from the year 2025, but I didn’t tell that to Max and Oscar!

Why was it so important to each of you to find out the history of the stamp?

Max: Well, I knew that it was something special, and that other people would want to know about it – whatever it turned out to be! And, well, to be honest I was also a little bit interested in the Object Identification Bonus that Jessie pays me when I identify an unknown object for her!

Jessie: I’m really interested in anything from the old days, and sticky little bits of paper are no exception – especially when they feature incredible 21st-century tennis players like Neptune Williams! Tennis players were amazing back then – they actually used to run along the ground to hit the ball to each other. Thank heavens someone finally invented float-tennis!

How does the process of sending and receiving mail differ for you in the year 2424?

Max: Gosh, it’s much more efficient these days! We send parcels and packages through Parcel-Pop – flying delivery pods that zip through the sky, and (usually) avoid bumping into things.

Jessie: And we send most of our messages through Zee-Mail. All we have to do is speak them into our phone goggles and they appear instantaneously on the other person’s goggles – if they’re online!

Max, what do you make of Spike’s judgement of you when you visited his shop?

Let’s just say I wasn’t very happy about it! He certainly seemed to be judging us on our appearance. He didn’t believe a word we said, just because we’re from the Skyburbs and can’t afford flashy clothes. Not fair!

Max and Oscar, how did you feel when you got caught by Captain Selby and his meat-headed lieutenant cronies? How did this moment significantly change your mission?

Oscar: …

Max: I really thought we were about to be locked up on Skyburb 7 for a very long time. Up until our arrest, all we cared about was identifying that strange little piece of paper. Then, suddenly, we were fighting for our freedom, and from Oscar being reprogrammed into a walking zombie-bot.

Max, is there any doubt that living on the streets is better than the Home for Unclaimed Urchins? Why, or why not?

Well, the streets can be a dangerous place, especially when the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad seems to be lurking around every corner. But still, I wouldn’t go back to the Home any day. I’m free to be me down here, and I don’t have to spend my days in that so-called school up there, being trained to do jobs no one else would ever want to do. The food’s terrible up there too – unfortunately brussels sprouts are the only things that grow well up there!

Jessie, what’s the coolest artefact from the 20th century that you’ve ever come across?

That’s a good question – there are so many, but my favourite would have to be the typewriter. Back in the 20th century, to make a document, people actually had to tap on buttons that put ink on paper, letter by letter. Can you believe it?! It seems particularly incredible nowadays, with paper being so hard to come by.

What’s your favourite new invention of 2424?

Max: Definitely my back-scratching robo-caterpillar. If I didn’t have so much sleuthing to do, I’d be lying on my tummy all day, letting it roll up and down my spine.

Jessie: I’d have to say, my Flavour-Saver tongue scanner. Whenever I taste something new that I really like, I scan my tongue and it remembers the flavour. Then, it turns it into a powder I can sprinkle on everything I eat!

Oscar: …

Thank you all for revealing some interesting facts about yourselves! See you again in the future! 🙂

Max: Thanks for talking with us. Next time you’re in 2424, please pop by Skyburb 6 and say hello!


Find more on author Cameron Macintosh at his website.

And he also pops by Boomerang Books for a special interview. See you on the other side! 🙂

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Stamp Safari Activity: Digital Stamp

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Mixing the old with the new to create a technological piece of history! Using the latest digital software, and research into the history of stamps, your task is to produce a digital stamp! What famous icon or period will you choose to represent? Or maybe you’ll add your own personal touch? What kind of program will you use to create your own postage stamp?


To use a digital app or software to create your own postage stamp.

Use graphic design skills and creativity.

Research stamps of the past and present to acquire knowledge of their appearance and significance.

Ages: 6 – 12 years


What kinds of images might you see on a postage stamp?

Are there certain themes you might see on stamps at certain times of the year? Why might these be significant?

Who was the first famous person to be shown on the stamp? Are all famous people presented on stamps?

What do you notice about the features of the stamp? How it is cut? What other text is on there?

Think about what you would like represented on your stamp. How will you obtain this image? How will you utilise the digital program to create your stamp?


Digital app, program or software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Paint, PicsArt, Canva or online website.

Note: The following is a list of resources you could use to create your stamp:


  • Postage Stamp Template to upload into a graphic design program. Don’t forget to add the dollar amount, country and optional description of your image.

Here’s one we made in PicsArt…


You might like to know how stamps are actually made! Here’s a fascinating video on the process of making postage stamps…

For more fun and educational activities please head to the Max Booth Stamp Safari Pinterest Board, or review the comprehensive teaching notes at Big Sky Publishing. 

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Stamp Safari Activity: Skyburb Stamp City

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Max Booth Future Sleuth Stamp Safari presents endless possibilities in terms of teaching and learning potential. A couple of themes author Cameron Macintosh has focused on include history, changes in technology and environmental awareness. These are the themes we will focus on in this activity today, plus it will be super cute and fun to do!


Research and discuss the history of the postage stamp and how advancements over time have affected / will affect the way we use them.

Thinking about technology, its uses and changes from the past, present and future.

Utilise engineering and fine motor skills to cut, arrange and stick pieces of small paper together to form a structure.

Use language and imagination to create a world set both in the past and in the future.

Ages: 6 – 12 years


What do you know about the first ever stamp used? Where was its origin?

What is the purpose of the postage stamp?

Why does a stamp have perforated edges? How have stamps changed over time?

Do you think we will always need stamps? Why or why not?

Have a look at letters and parcels you receive at home. What sort of stamp or label does it have? Have you or someone you know collected any vintage stamps?

Read more about the history of stamps in Stamp Safari pgs.128 – 129.

Why do you think Max, Jessie and Oscar were so interested in finding out the history of the stamp they found? How is technology different for them in Cameron Macintosh’s imagined world in the year 2424? How might we send letters and parcels in 400 years?


5x small stamps and 2x larger stamps (helping the environment by repurposing used stamps!)

Sticky tape



1. Arrange your small stamps face down as shown in the picture. Carefully stick them like this together.

2. Start lifting the sides and place a piece of sticky tape across the edge to hold the ‘walls’ together. Continue going around until you have a cube (with no top).

3. Arrange your two larger stamps side by side, and stick them together.

4. Hold your ‘roof’ in the position you want, making sure there is a small overhang on each side of the walls. Once positioned, stick the roof and the wall together from the inside. Repeat on the other side.

5. Your little stamp house is ready!

6. Optional: roll up another stamp or bit of paper to make a chimney.

7. Now, make some more and create a little Skyburb Stamp City to get lost in!


Idea adapted from Heather Donohue Crafts.

Other ways you can re-cycle used stamps are unlimited – including decorating cards, tins, boxes, creating framed art, and this magnetic stamp bookmark we made earlier.


For more fun and educational activities please visit the Max Booth Stamp Safari Pinterest Board, or head to the comprehensive teaching notes at Big Sky Publishing.

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Cheeky Child Evades Arrest Once Again!

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6 February 2424

Booth and Beagle-bot, moments before Booth’s extremely inconsiderate re-escape

Bluggsville is on high alert this evening after the arrest and re-escape of notoriously cheeky street urchin and suspected thief, Max Booth.

Booth, 11, has been on the run since 2422, when he escaped the Skyburb 7 Home for Unclaimed Urchins on the exhaust pipe of a passing hover-hippo. Since then, he has been spotted several times on the streets of Bluggsville, rudely taunting the respected staff of the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad, who simply wish him to continue his much-needed education – and perhaps get a haircut too.

Booth and his accomplice, Oscar B Beagle-bot, were apprehended this afternoon in a sporting memorabilia store in Bluggsville South, where they were observed browsing suspiciously and wearing safari outfits for no apparent reason.

Stephen ‘Spike’ Santoro, owner of Spike’s Sporting Memorabilia, raised the alarm and detained the escapees until the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad arrived on the scene and arrested both scallywags.

Santoro was unsure what the escapees were hoping to find in his shop, but reported that they were in possession of a small, sticky photograph of 21st century tennis star Neptune Williams. The assailants confessed to having removed this item from the Bluggsville City Museum.

Mr Beagle-bot was successfully returned to the Skyburb 7 Home for Unclaimed Urchins, where he will be extensively reprogrammed to be a good little dog.

Booth, however, is thought to have escaped from the squad’s van-copter moments before take-off. He is not believed to be dangerous, but has a history of displaying very poor manners towards anyone who attempts to send him back to his loving Home on Skyburb 7, where his last homework assignment is now more than two years overdue.

Police urge anyone with information on Booth’s whereabouts to immediately contact Captain Selby of the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad. The streets of Bluggsville will not be safe from bad manners until this mouthy minnow is returned to his classroom!


For further information, please read Max Booth Future Sleuth: Stamp Safari, for an in-depth personal account, recounted by Max himself.

Article by Cameron Macintosh.


For even further information on the author of this article, please read the interview with Teena Raffa-Mulligan at In Their Own Write, recounted by Cameron Macintosh himself.

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Book Review: Max Booth Future Sleuth: Stamp Safari by Cameron Macintosh and Dave Atze

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Max Booth Future Sleuth: Stamp Safari, Cameron Macintosh (author), Dave Atze (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, August 2018.


A tiny piece of paper from the year 2019 might not sound very interesting to most people. But Max and Oscar – Bluggsville’s sharpest sleuths – aren’t most people! Max has a hunch that this ancient patch of paper might be valuable, and extremely rare.

Max is right – this isn’t just any old piece of paper. It’s a strange, sticky thing called a postage stamp, and it’s more than 400 years old! It’s an exciting discovery, but before long, it leads Max and Oscar into some very sticky situations…


It’s always a thrill to follow the success of a chapter book series that you enjoyed from day dot. Having had read and reviewed Cameron Macintosh’s first title, Tape Escape back in 2017 (see it here), and the second title, Selfie Search, reviewed on our blog by Kellie Byrnes (here), it’s fun to re-join Max Booth and his robo-dog Oscar on yet another wild quest in the future. Importantly, with each title being independent of one another means no missing out on major plot twists should you read them out of order.

And this would be especially so for the junior and middle grade market seeking an easy-to-follow storyline with carefully selected language for readers of any stage in their literacy development. Whilst Macintosh has an English and Technology focus in mind, it is evident that the main premise for these books is an entertaining, humorous and action-packed science fiction adventure – these aspects have certainly been delivered!

In Stamp Safari, when Jessie sends Max and Oscar on a mission to discover the history behind the tiny piece of sticky paper found in the museum, they actually find themselves…in sticky situations! Here, the reader is invited to reflect on their own knowledge of the present day’s systems; in this case, our current postal and delivery system. As well, the audience have a chance to conjure this creative, alter-reality of the year 2424 in their minds as Max and Oscar provide just enough of a snippet into our possible future. Robots, flying vehicles and buildings in the sky are just a few of the futuristic advancements to delight your imaginations. And Dave Atze once again adds an energetic flair with his amusing, clever black and white illustrations that perfectly anchor to the text.

So what was the stamp used for in 2019, and who is the famous tennis player presented upon it? As the dynamic sleuthing duo set their detective skills into motion, they are confronted by an old nemesis – Squad Captain Selby- trying to imprison Max for theft and wipe their memories at the Home for Unclaimed Urchins. Quick thinking, problem solving, friendship and teamwork help Max and Oscar out of trouble, as well as solving the mystery of the 400 year-old stamp.

With underlying themes of the importance of education, social class prejudice and having a place to belong, Stamp Safari is nevertheless a light-hearted, creative, witty and entertaining story with plenty of scope for discussion and learning potential. Tech-heads, adventure- and detective-lovers and Sci-Fi fans will certainly give this book their stamp of approval.

Review by Romi Sharp.

Time to inspect something else rare and wonderful with a fascinating conversation between Cameron Macintosh and Megan Higginson! You’ll be pleasantly surprised! 🙂

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Be a Future Sleuth and WIN!

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📼📱📮 C’mon Future Sleuthers! It’s a MASSIVE  #BookGiveaway 📼📱📮

Put your best sleuthing skills to work because we are giving you the chance to conceptualise the most amazing, technologically advanced gadgets of the future! And you could WIN not one, not two, but three – yes, THREE books in the Max Booth Future Sleuth series by Cameron Macintosh and Dave Atze. All courtesy of Big Sky Publishing. How cool is that?!

All you need to do is tell us, ‘What technological device, equipment or advancement would you like to see in the future?’

*Open to Australian residents only. To enter, comment on this post or on social media. Winner will be notified via email and/or Facebook and will be required to provide an Australian postal address. Prize courtesy of Cameron Macintosh and Big Sky Publishing.

Enter as many times as you like. Winner will be selected at random. No further correspondence will be entered into.

Closes midnight AEST Friday November 23, 2018.

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Discover Cameron Macintosh and Max Booth Stamp Safari

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It’s a real thrill to step into the future on this sci-fi adventure tour with the impressive author Cameron Macintosh – hugely passionate about engaging kids into reading with his wit, energy and oh-so-cool themes to explore. So, time to use your best super-sleuthing skills! Let’s fly…

Cameron Macintosh is an author and editor based in his home town of Melbourne. He studied Psychology and Italian at Melbourne University, and Professional Writing at RMIT. He has worked in educational publishing since 2001, editing hundreds of primary literacy books and teaching materials for teachers and students.

Cameron has now written more than 80 books for primary and early secondary students. In 2017 he crossed over into trade publishing with the release of the first book in his Max Booth Future Sleuth series – a humour-filled sci-fi series for 7 to 10-year-olds. Previous titles in the series include Tape Escape and Selfie Search (read our review), with the latest, Stamp Safari released in August 2018 (illustrated by Dave Atze, published by Big Sky Publishing).

In the few minutes per week that he isn’t wrestling with words on the laptop, Cameron loves playing the guitar, reading music biographies and drawing angry-looking owls.

We’ve been doing our own sleuthing and found out some juicy goss about Cameron! Check it here…

And a little teaser of Stamp Safari – with Max and his robo-dog Oscar – can be viewed right here…

Cameron Macintosh: website | facebook | instagram | twitter

Max Booth series: Big Sky Publishing | Boomerang Books


Now jump across to Michelle Worthington’s blog, Share Your Story, for an entertaining encounter with Cameron Macintosh!

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Book Review: Max Booth Future Sleuth, a Sci-Fi Adventure Series for Young Readers

Max Booth Future Sleuth: Selfie Search, Cameron Macintosh (author), Dave Atze (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, 2017

Synopsis: Max Booth Future Sleuth is back with more sci-fi adventure and another mystery to solve! Max has been handed an ancient mobile phone. It’s from the year 2017, which makes it more than 400 years old! What’s more, it’s full of photos – all of the same person. Max and his robo-dog sidekick Oscar learn that the photos hold a secret that could lead them to fame and fortune. But the secret gets out, and Max and Oscar face the fight of their lives to keep their discovery safe from some very greedy hands …

Selfie Search is the second book in the Max Booth Future Sleuth series released by Big Sky Publishing, but works well as a standalone story if the reader hasn’t checked out the first book, Tape Escape, already. This chapter book is perfect for early and reluctant readers who need plenty of action and an exciting premise to get into a story. While it’s suitable for boys and girls, the main character is male and I think the series is going to have particular appeal for boys who have been struggling to find books at this level that piques their interest.

Set in the future (2424 to be precise), the book introduces readers to sci-fi in a light way and is perfectly suited for both those interested in future-driven, tech stories and those who have never come across it before. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen many chapter books set in the future, and as such I think this series offers something fresh and fun.

In addition, since the story actually deals not just with a world and culture set hundreds of years from now, but also with historical discovery and what can be learnt from looking back at our past, it presents an interesting mix of both the old and new. I’m sure teachers, librarians and parents will enjoy the fact that this series can prompt discussions about what life might be like in the future, as well as examining how things were in the past.

Besides the interesting world-building, there is plenty of humour and action throughout the novel to keep readers engaged and giggling, plus a resident “baddie” who Max and his robo-pal have to thwart and evade. The book also deals with themes of family, friendship, resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, and doing the right thing.

Selfie Search also features regular black and while illustrations drawn by Dave Atze. These pictures have a comic-book kind of style, and add great additional humour to the story. They also break up the text nicely for early readers who are getting used to a higher word count, and complement the story and its themes really well.

Max Booth Future Sleuth is recommended for children aged around 7 years and up.

Please note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.