Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Max's Words

Young readers will discover just how fun wordplay can be in this beloved series, Max’s Words. With the use of amusing text patterns and appealing illustrations, language and imagination collaborate in a celebration that is bound to be oodles of fun for everyone. Max is up for all kinds of adventures, filled with dragons, castles, pirates—and even math! “As with previous collaborations between Banks and the bold illustrator Boris Kulikov (‘Max’s Words’, ‘Max’s Dragon’), words become magical amulets that transmogrify the world around Max.” (The New York Times on Max’s Castle).

Books in this Series

Max's Math

Max's Math

Max's Words (Volume 4)
Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers

Max and his two brothers hop into a car and go looking for problems they can solve. They cruise down highway number 4 on their way to Shapeville, but they see an abandoned number along the way. Is...

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Max's Words (Volume 4)
Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers

Max and his two brothers hop into a car and go looking for problems they can solve. They cruise down highway number 4 on their way to Shapeville, but they see an abandoned number along the way. Is...

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Max's Castle
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Max's Castle

Max's Words (Volume 3)
Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers

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...

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Max's Castle

Max's Words (Volume 3)
Kate Banks, illustrationed by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers

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...

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Max's Dragon

Max's Words (Volume 2)
Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers

Max is looking for words that rhyme. His dragon is in his wagon – or was, for now its tail has left a trail, which Max follows. He finds an umbrella on the ground— "Found, ground," he says, while...

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Max's Words (Volume 1)
Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers

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...

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About the author

Kate Banks

Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, 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 grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. “I especially liked picture books,” she says, “and the way in which words and illustrations could create a whole new world in which sometimes real and other times magical and unexpected things could happen.” Banks attended Wellesley College and received her master's in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.

Boris Kulikov

Boris Kulikov is the critically acclaimed illustrator of many children's books. His work includes Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming; W is for Webster by Tracey Fern; and the Max's Math series, written by Kate Banks.He lives in Brooklyn, New York.