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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681372457
Pages: 48
Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Ooh-la-la (Max in Love)

by Maira Kalman

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It’s happened. Before you can say “Pepé le Pew,” Max the millionaire poet dog has landed in Paris, the city of lights. The city of dreams.

Everyone is in a froufrou of delight over Max. There’s Fritz from the Ritz, Madame Camembert, Charlotte Russe, and Pierre Potpurri, who wants Max to perform in his Crazy Wolf Nightclub.

Amidst the enchantment and beauty that is Paris in the spring, something is missing for Max. That je ne sais quoi. That quelque chose. Max has made his millions; when will he find romance?

This adorable tale of love will charm and delight children and parents.

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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

Ooh-la-la, c’est formidable! Busy, surreal illustrations combine with a sophisticated, witty text to create a fast-moving, hip-hopping Parisian adventure of canine amour...Brilliant, bold, funny and obscure, this is definitely one of Kalman’s best efforts to date.
School Library Journal

Visual and literary jokes abound...while lighthearted digressions offer amusing first lessons in art appreciation...sophisticated fare indeed, but children and the uninitiated alike will find plenty of amusement nonetheless. Painstaking design integrates text and pictures, turns type upside-down or sideways, shrinks or expands type size—whimsical touches in perfect keeping with this fluid work.
Publishers Weekly

With a palette as subtle as the light on Montmartre and a notably free, sophisticated style, Kalman incorporates witty references to artists and their work in her own delightfully lively paintings...marvelously rich language.
Kirkus Reviews

The work of Maira Kalman offers up a very modern freedom and zest.
USA Today