Max's Castle (Max's Words #3) (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374399191, 40pp.
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
When Max finds a pile of forgotten toys under the bed, his brothers Benjamin and Karl wonder what's so special about some old blocks. So Max shows them. With some clever twists of both blocks and imagination, he constructs not only a castle but an entire adventure, complete with pirates and knights, a dark dungeon and a dragon.
This ingenious sequel to Max's Words and Max's Dragons shows readers just how much fun wordplay can be. This title has Common Core connections.
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 is the critically acclaimed illustrator of many children's books. His work includes Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming; W is for Webster by Tracey Fern; and the Max's Math series, written by Kate Banks.He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Praise For Max's Castle (Max's Words #3)…
“In 'Max's Castle,' by Kate Banks, the letters are simply letters, yet become ingenious tools for sparking a child's imagination….As with previous collaborations between Banks and the bold illustrator Boris Kulikov ('Max's Words', 'Max's Dragon'), words become magical amulets that transmogrify the world around Max.” —The New York Times
“Kulikov's chalky, boldly lit illustrations have a bright energy that feels almost improvisational, working in seamless harmony with Banks's nimble wordplay.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Brimming with clever wordplay, humor, and mixed-media scenes worthy of any child's dreams-come-true, the full impact is clearly the result of seasoned collaboration and experience…” —School Library Journal
“Playful perspectives, vivid colors and animated action are brilliantly executed with details that require a second look, then a third.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred