Synopses & Reviews
Maxs 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. Hes 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 brothers ingenuity. Max's Words is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
"Both clever and funny, Banks's (And if the Moon Could Talk) inventive picture book features literal and rambunctious word play. Max's brothers, Benjamin and Karl, each have impressive collections (stamps and coins, respectively). They laugh at Max when he decides to collect words. Kulikov's (Morris the Artist) clever illustrations feature Max's hundreds of words in different colors and fonts, sprinkled across the pages like confetti (at one point the boy is literally knee-deep in them). When Max's collection grows too large for his desk, he begins separating words into piles and realizes that, 'when [he] puts his words in different orders, it made a big difference.' (Writing 'A blue crocodile ate the green iguana,' he discovers, is very different from writing 'The blue iguana ate a green crocodile.') When Max, with his hedgehog hair and thoughtful expressions, starts to write a story of his own about a worm and a crocodile, the real fun begins. Benjamin and Karl, always pictured as stuffy banker types with slicked-down hair and wearing vests, add sentences so the crocodile will eat Max's worm hero, and Max must race to find a sentence that will save his invented character. Banks's economically told tale brims with wit, and Kulikov's splashy illustrations easily keep the story Max writes from being confused with the overall plot. Readers and writers alike will enjoy the linguistic fun in this nearly word-perfect book. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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
"The story includes more than 20 fun words like 'shenanigans' and 'defenestration' set in bold type; their definitions are on the endpapers."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Here's hoping that there are more kerfuffles and shenanigans in the future for this undeniably delightful duo."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"This is the perfect way to introduce bigger words to your littlest kids, which is great if you're feeling tricksy."
and#8212;The Huffington Post
Mischief and mayhem abound in this exuberantly illustrated ode to friendship.
Petey is enjoying a peaceful afternoon of gardening when his good friend Pru starts to cause trouble. Petey reacts in turn, and before long, things have escalated from a scuffle to a tussle to a true hullabaloo!
This beautifully illustrated story about the true meaning of friendship is packed with excitement and near disaster as well as vocabulary-expanding words that are fun to say and thrilling to master. Glossary.
About the Author
Ammi-Joan Paquette's previous books includeand#160;The Tiptoe Guide to Trackingand#160;Fairies
and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids,and#160;
as well asand#160;the middle-grade novel Nowhere Girl.
She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, and can be found atand#160;www.ajpaquette.com.
Joy Ang is the illustrator of I Will Not Read This Book by Cece Meng and Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos. She lives in Edmonton, Canada. Please visit her website at www.joyang.ca.