Millions of Maxes

by Meg Wolitzer (Author) Micah Player (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Max discovers that uniqueness is more than just a name, in this funny, lively picture book debut by the bestselling author of The Interestings. Max's room has his name all over it--on his blanket and night light and wall. His parents call him The One and Only Max. And so, he is in for a big surprise at the playground one day, when he hears Max, time to go home! and two other kids come running. He's not the one and only after all! How many Maxes are in the world?! Millions of Maxes? But when he decides to help one of the other Maxes find her missing toy, he discovers that there are other ways to be special, and that he can appreciate the specialness of his new Max friends just as much as his own. That night he dreams of the future adventures he'll have with all of the Maxes he has yet to meet.

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Publishers Weekly

The direct prose style of Wolitzer (To Night Owl from Dogfish) makes a seamless transition to the picture book in this volume. No one has told Max, a boy with brown skin, that names go in and out of fashion--his parents call him "the one and only Max," so why shouldn't that be so? His sense of uniqueness evaporates one day at the playground, though, when his name is called out and two other Maxes--a Black child on skates and a white child on a scooter--also come running. "I am NOT the one and only Max," he mourns internally. "And I never, ever was." But playing with the other Maxes proves so much fun--the three bond over a playground-wide search for a lost object and even meet a fourth Max--that the protagonist ends the day embracing his membership in a club in which "we all have the same name, but we're completely different." The cheery aesthetic of Player (Paletero Man)--colors that pop, crisply rendered characters who wear their hearts on their sleeves as they run hither and yon--matches Wolitzer's warm, knowing voice page for page, and Player's varied digital compositions capture the visceral excitement of an action-packed day outside. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--The one and only Max is used to being the one and only. His name is all over his room; he has "Max" cup and a "Max" night light. On a trip to the playground, however, he meets two other kids named Max. This surprises him; if there are two more Maxes, there might be millions of them. When one of the other Maxes loses a pink pine cone, the three of them work together to find it. Max doesn't mind that he is no longer the one and only; they have the same name, but are still each unique. This picture book is an excellent portrayal of a kid with a certain world view having it very much shaken. It models a helpful reaction for processing new information, reminding readers that they can believe one thing one day and learn something that alters that the next. VERDICT With the added draw of cartoon-like art, this is a one-of-a-kind and entertaining picture book for all kinds of readers.--Myiesha Speight, formerly at Towson Univ., Baltimore

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Review quotes

The cheery aesthetic of Player (Paletero Man)—colors that pop, crisply rendered characters who wear their hearts on their sleeves as they run hither and yon—matches Wolitzer's warm, knowing voice page for page, and Player's varied digital compositions capture the visceral excitement of an action-packed day outside. —Publishers Weekly

An excellent portrayal of a kid with a certain world view having it very much shaken. It models a helpful reaction for processing new information, reminding readers that they can believe one thing one day and learn something that alters that the next . . . With the added draw of cartoon-like art, this is a one-of-a-kind and entertaining picture book for all kinds of readers. —School Library Journal

Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in the town of Syosset, on Long Island, and sold her first novel, Sleepwalking, while a senior in college. She is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, including The Interestings, The Ten-Year Nap, The Wife, and The Female Persuasion; the young adult novel Belzhar; and the middle-grade novels The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman and To Night Owl from Dogfish.

Micah Player studied Graphic Design at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City before moving to Southern California to work in the apparel industry. A former creative director of Paul Frank Industries, he now works as an illustrator of books and games. He lives with his family in a little house beneath a big tree in the mountains of Utah.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780593324110
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
January 20, 2022
Series
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