Max's Castle by Kate Banks & Boris Kulikov

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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.

 

About Kate Banks & Boris Kulikov

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Kate Banks and Boris Kulikov have also collaborated on Max’s Words, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and its sequel, Max’s Dragon, as well as The Eraserheads. Kate Banks lives in the South of France and Boris Kulikov lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Max, disheveled and oddly dressed next to his neatly groomed siblings, is the picture of a creative type, and contemplating the drifts of words (in a wide variety of typefaces) that he’s clipped from newspapers and magazines, he begins to lay out a story that soon has his brothers leaving their s...

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With whimsical textures and perspectives, the artwork makes the story pop and expands the text with almost palpable visuals, such as his knit sweaters or the cover title, which is filled with orange scales and claws on the bottom of the letters “M” and “X.” Offering wonderful opportunities for us...

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His two older brothers get into the act, and, lo and behold, WALLS become HALLS, a MOAT becomes a BOAT, PIRATES become RAT PIES, and BATTLE becomes BABBLE as the boys move the blocks, rearrange letters and transform words into a full-blown castle scenario.

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(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.

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Imaginative Max, who first appeared in Max’s Words, discovers that a whole new world can unfold from one simple discovery—in this case, a wooden letter block.

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