The first time Kevin and Max meet is at school. They are both in preschool and Max is called kicker by his classmates and Kevin is called robot kid by Max.
It is the summer Max and Kevin are going into 8th grade. Max sees Kevin moving in on his street and decides to go spy on him and Kevin sees him and say "Prepare to die, earthling!''
Chapter 3: Max sees Kevin trying to get a plastic thing out of a tree. He sees that Kevin cannot reach it so he goes over there to get it for him. He gets it off of the tree and finds out it is a bird that can fly. Kevin and Max play with it for hours until it breaks. Chapter 4: Kevin comes to Max's house and Kevin talks about King Arthur and Guinevere.