Travel the World with Maira Kalman’s Max the Dog
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Maira Kalman’s trademark wit and whimsy are on full display in these five wondrously wacky picture books about Max the Dog, a poet and a New Yorker who wants to see the world. This collection will delight readers of all ages, starting from Max’s first appearance in Hey Willy, See the Pyramids, a book of bedtime stories told by a sister to a brother that are about everything from restaurant-going dogs and flying fish to women made of noodles.
In Max Makes a Million, he’s determined to raise the cash to visit Paris, with the help of his only-in-New-York artist friends, who paint invisible pictures and build upside-down houses. Armed with a book deal, in Ooh-La-La (Max in Love) the millionaire poet dog finally lands in the city of his dreams—and meets the Dalmatian of his dreams, too. It’s literal puppy love on the streets of Montmartre. Soon enough Max and his Dalmatian wife, Crêpes, are heading to L.A. to direct a movie in Max in Hollywood, Baby. (Is it a romance, a comedy, a musical? Yes.) In the latest Max installment, Swami on Rye, he’s confused and overwhelmed by his impending fatherhood—setting him on a mission for the meaning of life that takes him all the way to India and back. There’s no better canine companion for a trip around the globe.