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Max's Words

Max's Words (Volume 1)

Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Max’s brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. He’s going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. All the while, his brothers are watching. Benjamin brags that he has one thousand stamps. Karl is just a few coins short of five hundred. But a thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. A pile of words, however, can make a story.
 
Bright, bold pictures incorporating clever wordplay accompany this highly original tale about a younger brother’s ingenuity.
 
Max's Words is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for Max's Words

"Brims with wit.  Readers and writers alike will enjoy the linguistic fun in this nearly word-perfect book."  --Starred, Publishers Weekly
 
"Fine examples of concrete poetry.  This tale pays homage to the written word."  --Starred, School Library Journal
 
"Kids are naturally inclined to collect things, and the idea of accumulating something intangible in this delightful homage to storytelling will intrigue them.  In a word:  captivating."  --Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov

  • In addition to Max's Words, Kate Banks and Boris Kulikov have collaborated on The Eraserheads and the sequel to Max's Words, Max's Dragon. Ms. Banks has written many other books for young readers, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She lives in the South of France. Mr. Kulikov has illustrated a number of books for children and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Kate Banks
  • Boris Kulikov
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Max's Words

Max's Words

Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov

Book Sense Children's Pick, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Maine Lupine Award Master List, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Alabama Children's Choice Book Award Master List, Delaware Blue Hen Book Master List, North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award Master List (Wyoming Library Ass, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Master Lis, Illinois Monarch Award: K-3 Children's Choice Award Master L, GA Picture Storybook Award ML
  • Hardcover

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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