Max's Dragon

Max's Dragon

By Kate Banks; Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374399214, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 18, 2008


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 his older brothers mock him for believing in dragons and sitting under an umbrella when it isn't even raining. But Max believes in possibilities and when he can show his brothers not only a dragon in the stormy clouds but also a dinosaur, they begin to come round. When Max demonstrates the power of his rhyming words to tame the dinosaur and the dragon and make the rain come, he wins them over completely.

With amusing wordplay and beguiling illustrations, Kate Banks and Boris Kulikov celebrate language and imagination in a collaboration that is bound to be oodles of fun for everyone.

About the Author
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 illustrated "Morris the Artist" by Lore Segal. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Max's Dragon

Max’s Dragon may well intrigue a child just beginning to glimpse the possibility that words, like toys, if put together just so, can ignite a thrilling magic of their own.” —The New York Times Book Review
"Another winner from the pair that introduced Max in Max's Words. Amusing wordplay and impish illustrations play off each other in perfect syncopation." —Starred, Kirkus Reviews "Suffused with a golden light... a celebration of child imagination wherein words do indeed have power." —School Library Journal "The unusual perspectives in the bright, textured artwork greatly enhance the story’s drama and, in the active spreads of endearing dragons and goofy dinosaurs, the blurring of the real and imagined worlds." —Booklist "The playful couplets will keep early readers and listeners engaged and anticipating each new pair." —The Horn Book "This is a great book, combining two things children will love to do, rhyme and imagine." —Times Record News
“A wonderful introduction to poetry for young children.” —Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast