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Max's Words

Max's Words

Max's Words (Volume 1)

Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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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. This title has Common Core connections.

Max's Words is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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

Reviews

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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