Max's Words, Volume 1

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Aug 8, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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. Max's Words is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Banks illustrations are fabulous! - Goodreads
A great book to teach word choice in writing. - Goodreads
The story and illustrations are well done. - Goodreads
The fun fonts and illustrations hold the book together. - Goodreads
The illustrations in this book... - Goodreads
Max gives each some words and the story has no ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - ghelmus - LibraryThing

This is a beautiful story in both concept and execution. The book follows a boy who wants to start a collection like his older brothers, so he chooses to collect words. He starts of small and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - KelseyDavison - LibraryThing

Max wants to be a collector like his brother, so he collects words! He cuts words from all texts and styles to start his collection. Soon his pile is so big and he realizes the worth of what a pile of ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

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.

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