- by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
- published by Frances Foster Books (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- 698 words (took me about 40 minutes to copy by hand)
- Summary: When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.
Sparkle Element: As with all good books, I like this one on several levels. I like it because as a child, I collected both stamps and coins. Oh, and words too. Now, I only collect words (and 4-leaf clovers). I like how Max has all the power in the story, even though he doesn't know it at first. He works hard to find a way to get what he wants.
The fact that storytelling has been done and continues to be done as a group effort resonated with me. It's a great way to brainstorm ideas and to make the mind work. It's a good writing exercise. For plot, character, suspense, action, and even setting. In fact, I have something up my sleeve for the future. Stay tuned to find out soon.
A list of picture books about writing and words:
- Max's Words by Kate Banks
- The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane Auch
- Patches Lost and Found by Steven Kroll
- The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
- A Weave of Words by Robert D. San Souci
- Words Are Like Faces by Edith Baer
- Frederick by Leo Lionni
- Jeffrey and Sloth by Kari-Lynn Winters
- The Desperate Dog Writes Again by Eileen Christelow
- You Can Write a Story! by Lisa Ballard
- The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli
- Snow Day by Moira Fain
- Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
This list is by no means comprehensive. I even own three of them. Do any of you know more fictional picture books that are about writing and/or the love of words? Enjoy! And keep on keepin' on...