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Max's Words


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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.


K-Gr 2-Max becomes upset when his older brothers Benjamin and Carl won't share their stamp and coin collections with him. After a bit of thinking, Max decides that he is going to collect words. The boy gathers piles of words that he cut out of magazines. Max quickly learns that with a little imagination these words can be the most valuable collection of all. T.R. Knight's youthful voice brings spirit and energy to this tale by Kate Banks. (Farrar, 2006), perfectly complementing the Boris Kulikov's illustrations, which have been animated. Music by Jerry Hunt is a perfect accompaniment to the story. In a read-along version of the story, the text appears in white puffy letters on the screen with the word being spoken turning yellow. The pacing is just right whether listening to the story or reading along. A wonderful addition to all collections. -Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"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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