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Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Swami on Rye
by Maira Kalman
The hero of Max Makes a Million goes off on a wild search for the meaning of life that takes him to India, where he visits the Temple of Doubletalk, meets a chatty guru named Vivek Shabaza-zaza-za, and has other adventures.
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Kalman's tale is meant for tykes, but full-grown readers will love her lush drawings and whimsical wordplay, too.
—Zoe Donaldson, O, The Oprah Magazine
In his best venture so far, Max the dog searches for the Meaning of Life and finds several possibilities...[Kalman’s] writing is as funny and furiously paced as ever and her seemingly slapdash illustrations still sophisticated and childlike at once. She observes people, religions, and customs in witty but respectful ways, and as in Chicken Soup, Boots (1993), beneath all the silliness lurk important ideas, thoughtfully expressed.
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
[Kalman’s] witty, free-association writing style is enhanced to maximum effect by the varied, cleverly employed typography. A perfect union of place and palette, of dharma, (dog)ma and unsurpassed cosmological kookiness.
—Publishers Weekly, starred review