All Max wants is a friend who is just like him.

So, he’s excited when Jun and his family move in next door. But when Jun sneezes, he says ‘HAKUSHON!’ – a very different sound to the ‘AH CHOO!’ that Max makes.

So, Max picks up a fluffy feather and makes his way through the playground, looking for a friend who sounds just like him when they sneeze.

But Fleur from France says ATCHOUM! Misha from Russia says APCHKI! Laura from Norway says ATSJO! And so on!

After searching high and low, Max decides that sneezes must be like people – different, but the same. And that perhaps friends can be different but the same too.

Written by Angela Walker and illustrated by Ross Hamilton

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Meet the Kiwi author

Angela Walker specialises in writing creative non-fiction. Her first book, a true Second World War story, was published in the UK in 2017. An Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist herself, Angela’s next book was Ideals Are Like Stars: The Dame Yvette Williams Story, published by David Bateman, April 2022. Her writing has also appeared in Newsroom, Stuff, NZ Herald, and The Spinoff.  A runner-up in the Joy Cowley Awards in 2018, Angela went on to write AH-CHOO! – a children’s picture book illustrated by Ross Hamilton and published by David Bateman, June 2023.

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Dimensions25 × 25 cm
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Softcover edition



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Bateman Books

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