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!


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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.