Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Max's Dragon by Kate Banks - ADVISABLE

Banks, Kate Max’s Dragon, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 PICTURE BOOK


Max is on a quest for rhyming words. These rhymes take on a life of their own as he imagines a dragon in his wagon. His imaginary dragon friend is soon chased by a dinosaur cloud that brings a storm of words and rain.

This could be used as a resource for teaching rhyming words to early elementary students but the wordplay, plot and logic are not as strong as in Max’s Words (Farrar, 2006) The book works best as a celebration of childhood imagination wherein words do indeed have power.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

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