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  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9781681371702
  • Imprint: NY Review Childrens
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $45.00

Max Makes a Million



Back in print for the first time in two decades, Max Makes a Million is Maira Kalman's warm and zany tale about a New York City dog with big dreams about life as a poet in Paris.

Max’s dream is to live in Paris and be a poet. But do you think it is easy for a dog to pack a small brown suitcase, put on a beret, and hop on a plane? Ha! No one will buy Max’s poems, so without money he must stay put. But living in New York City isn’t so bad. Where else could he have friends like Bruno, with his invisible paintings, or Marcello, who builds upside down houses? And where else could he drop in at Baby Henry’s Candy Shop? It’s all possible in New York, a jumping jazzy city. And for Max, it’s a dog’s life that only Maira Kalman could invent.

  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9781681371702
  • Imprint: NY Review Childrens
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Maira Kalman

In her own words: 'born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one.'

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Praise for Max Makes a Million

"In this unique blend of reality and fantasy, intermingled words and images seem influenced by such strange sources as Mamie Eisenhower's wardrobe, the Jazz Age and the Theatre of the Absurd. Banter that rings with sophistication is well matched by the esoteric illustrative approach readers have come to expect from Kalman. Although there is much to glean from an unhurried single reading, this fanciful creation yields its greatest treasures through repeated visits." --Publishers Weekly

"It's clever, and it's silly and seems loony enough to attract children.. It was fun to read, and I also suspect a child familiar with Max's adventures in Paris would recognize the city, should she visit." --Linda Wertheimer, The New York Times

"This whimsical extravaganza-clever and urbane-celebrates New York's wildly varied cosmopolitans while recounting how the hero, who is a dog and a poet, finally gets a publisher and will be able to realize his dream of going to Paris. Accompanied by witty illustrations that make sly references to other artists." --Kirkus Reviews

"Maira Kalman's marvelously inventive gifts really shine in the picture-book format. I've long felt that her artwork, with its playful use of color and perspective, provides kids with a fantastic organic introduction to the manifold varieties of art." --Lisa Pliscou, author of Dude