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Marvelous Maxx Books Series

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About Marvelous Maxx

In the spirit of the popular children's picture book vocabulary building series, we’ve written the Marvelous Maxx books as a bridge for 4-8-year-olds. Marvelous Maxx offers a fresh twist: not only is it an adventure that builds vocabulary, but it teaches some basic medical facts and first aid, as well as helps allay the fear of doctors’ visits. 

Come along with Maxx and his friends - Arielle & Lucas - as they face many adventures and challenges, and overcome them!  

We hope you fall in love with Maxx and his friends.

Are you looking for a fun way to help you teach your child new words?

Then you are in the right place! Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and grade 1 & 2 Kids! Bonus they learn some first-aid too!

With all the fun of an amazing adventure, The Marvelous Maxx books are sure to capture the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. You won't just enjoy the story, you will feel a part of it and learn a lot!

Created by a Harvard-trained teacher to educate and inspire, children will love learning awesome new words and powerful first-aid, through the adventures of a group of children - Maxx, Arielle, Ethan, and Lucas - in a colorful journey.

Each new word is defined in simple language your child can understand, and listed in a glossary at the end e.g.

  • “Your mom’s egg rolls are exquisite!”

  • ‘Exquisite’ is a fancy word for very special.

  • Repeat after me: ek-skwi-zit.

  • Arielle and I look at each other, astonished.

  • ‘Astonished’ means surprised and amazed.

For all those asking "Are there any other 'Fancy Nancy' type books to teach new words and facts?"
The resounding answer is "YES!" Marvelous Maxx has stepped up to entertain and educate both boys and girls.

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The authors were Honorable Mention winners for Picture Books 6 & Older in the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.
Meet The Authors
Dr. John Higgins

John Higgins is a Harvard-trained cardiologist who is passionate about treating patients and engaging in community outreach to advocate for a heart-healthy lifestyle. He is frequently featured on various television and radio interviews and is an 8-time winner of the UT system Dean’s Teaching Award. In addition to writing Marvelous Maxx, John is the author of three books for those practicing or interested in the medical field, including Cardiology Clinical Questions published by McGraw Hill, and Smartphone Apps for Health and Wellness published by Elsevier. Reach him at

Catherine Higgins 

Catherine Higgins works in the area of energy trading risk management and structured products valuation. Her interests include painting, baking, and reading the popular “Fancy Nancy” series with Arielle, her daughter, which inspired her to write Marvelous Maxx.

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Meet The Authors
Their favorite quote is:

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

(A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh)

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What Our Readers Say

"Absolutely Marvelous Reading! I like this book because it increased my child’s vocabulary and taught her a life-saving technique! This book should be on every child’s school reading list! The lesson in this book is necessary for survival in a possible desperate situation. I definitely recommend this book for all ages."

-Gigi S

Links To Web Stories

Cardiologist and family writing books to reach kids about medical conditions
Dr. John Higgins and his wife, Catherine, are releasing their first of 13 books about Marvelous Maxx, meant to bring medical knowledge and big words to children.

Posted April 28, 2021

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