Kate Banks, illustrationed by Boris Kulikov
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
When Max finds a pile of forgotten toys under the bed, his brothers Benjamin and Karl wonder what’s so special about some old blocks. So Max shows them. With some clever twists of both blocks and imagination, he constructs not only a castle but an entire adventure, complete with pirates and knights, a dark dungeon and a dragon.
This ingenious sequel to Max’s Words and Max’s Dragons shows readers just how much fun wordplay can be.