What I loved: This is a simple but lovely book. The text is limited/focused, and a lot of the story is conveyed through the pictures. The illustrations are whimsical, with Max and Xam not being specific animals. The friends that they make are really cute, and the story leads through conflict, fallout, and repair. These are common situations for young children, where they may argue with a close friend and need to resolve the conflict. The book can spark discussions over how to approach these situations in a cute and light way.
Final verdict: Overall, this a cute book about friendship and conflict that will resonate with a young audience. Whimsical illustrations add some fun to the simple and sweet story.