Max has two brothers who have collections (stamps and coins) which they won't share with him. Max doesn't collect anything and feels left out. He decides to start collecting words. Max gathers so many words that he creates a story. His brothers get curious and join in, creating a story together. They agree to trade their collections with Max which makes him very happy. This hard cover children's book is a charmer. The illustrations have a distinctive style and whimsical flair. Authored by Kate Banks and illustrated by Boris Kulikov. 31pp, hc ~ Sara
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.