© 1974 by Adelaide Holl, Illustrations copyright ©1974 by Hilary Knight
I tend to gravitate toward books that feature children using their imagination and being creative: Cromwell Dixon's Sky-cycle by John Abbott Nez, The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Brian Pinkney, Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn, If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen. I guess in this hi-tech world, I want my brood to appreciate the simplicity but endless power of their imagination. Most-of-the-Time Maxie helps them do just that.
Maxie was Maxie, most of the time -
Maxie MacDougal McCoy.
He was not very big, and not very small,
Not very short, and not very tall,
Just an everyday kind of a boy.
But he had the most marvelous, magical powers.
He could do the most wonderful stunts.
At the drop of a hat - maybe quicker than that -
He could stop being Maxie, at once,
The story, told in a very lively rhyme, shows all of the exciting people Maxie can become with his imagination:
In all of his imagined occupations, Maxie is accompanied by his trusty canine companion. The pup is engaging in some comical action at all times. In the astronaut illustration, he is clutching an air sickness bag. In the firefighter illustration, he is painting spots on himself to resemble a dalmatian etc.
The Chicago Public Library doesn't own Most-of-the-Time Maxie, but it is available in used condition on Amazon. I discovered this gem at a thrift shop, and I cannot tell you how many requests for a reading I have received over the years. Best $.50, I have ever spent!