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Max Brallier Author Visit Kit

Birthday
September 8, 1983

Grades

1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Max is funny, engaging, and truly a kid at heart. Max’s presentations focus on humor first, and he easily connects with children of all ages. He’s written for popular Cartoon Network properties including Adventure Time, Uncle Grandpa, Regular Show, and Steven Universe as well as the online game Poptropica — something that always gets kids excited. Max enjoys presenting to students and loves spending time after the presentations chatting about books and other topics (sports, video games — whatever the kids want to talk about!).

Max’s many books and series have been acclaimed by kid-lit favorites Lincoln Pierce and Jeff Kinney and have received rave, starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Eerie Elementary Presentation

Grades 1–4
30–45 minutes, including Q&A

Max Brallier offers an exciting and interactive PowerPoint presentation that focuses on his writing career and, specifically, on the Eerie Elementary series. This lively presentation uses images and video to keep children engaged. Max discusses his writing career, how his elementary school years still influence him today, the creative process, and the Eerie Elementary series – all in a fun and accessible way. When presenting to a smaller group, Max includes a special “Eerie Elementary storytelling” program, where he and the students collaborate and together create an Eerie Elementary scene.

The Last Kids on Earth Presentation

Grades 2–6
30–45 minutes, including Q&A

Max Brallier offers a highly entertaining PowerPoint presentation focusing on both the Last Kids on Earth series and on his children’s writing in general. This presentation includes video, audio, and a bevy of images to keep children interested and entertained. Max covers his writing career, his childhood and how that ties into his writing today, the creative process, and the development of the heavily illustrated The Last Kids on Earth series. When presenting to a smaller group, Max includes a special “post-apocalyptic zombie fun” program, where he and the students collaborate to write a zombie action-comedy sequence.

Galactic Hot Dogs Presentation

Grades 2–6
30–45 minutes, including Q&A

Max Brallier offers a very fun PowerPoint presentation focusing on the Galactic Hot Dogs series and the reasons that it is “the series he was destined to write.” This presentation includes movie clips, book interiors, and more – all resulting in a highly engaging appearance. Max covers his writing career, his early love of Star Wars and how that influences his writing today, and the unique, collaborative process that makes the Galactic Hot Dogs series possible. When presenting to a smaller group, Max includes a special “space-age storytelling” program, where Max and the students collaborate to create “spaceified” takes on everyday life.

Writing, Daydreaming, and Creativity

Grades 2–6 (can be tailored to any age, including adults)
30–45 minutes, including Q&A

Max Brallier offers an exciting and interactive PowerPoint presentation focusing on his writing career and, specifically, how he first discovered that he actually was a creative person. Video, audio, and images bring the presentation to life.  Max covers his writing career, his childhood, his earliest work, and the creative process —all in a fun, funny, self-deprecating way. This presentation has a special focus on daydreaming — something all children do — and how it was in-school daydreaming that first inspired Max to pursue storyteling. When presenting to a smaller group, Max helps the children create via writing prompts and games.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Max is available for a 30–45 minute interactive PowerPoint presentation. This fun, funny presentation is heavy on images and includes video and audio to keep children engaged. The presentation covers Max’s writing career, his childhood and how that ties into his writing today, the creative process, and the Eerie Elementary series (and his other work).

Max can tailor different presentations for different audiences.

Virtual Visits

Max loves dropping in for a 20–30 minute virtual visit and Q&A with book groups, library groups, and classrooms using Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

It depends on the visit. For a presentation to a large group, Max requires a screen for his PowerPoint presentation, a podium or table where he can access his computer during the presentation, and a microphone if it’s needed for the room. Max brings my own computer — it’s a MacBook and he has all the standard hookup cables for a projector.

For a smaller classroom visit, Max can simply sit with the kids, talk about the book and answer questions.

Honorarium

$500–$1,000, plus travel expenses and any necessary lodging. This is negotiable. For schools in low-income neighborhoods in the city, no honorarium necessary.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2
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