Eaton, Maxwell The Mystery. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. PICTURE BOOK. – Language G, Sexual Content G, Violence G Max and Pinky work all day to paint their barn red. The next morning it is pink. It again takes all day to repaint the barn and the next day it is orange plaid. Can they solve the mystery? Eaton (The Best Buds) once again elevates goofiness to fine art. When Pinky asks the gopher “What is your favorite color?” The gopher answers “Three!” And the visual jokes are also laugh out loud hilarious. This latest installment in the Adventures of Max and Pinky is another heart-warming story about the value of true friendship. EL - ESSENTIAL. Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.