Max the dog-poet is back, this time in Paris and falling in love, in Maira Kalman's delightful picture book.
It's happened. Before you can say "Pepe 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. Max has made his millions; when will he find romance?
About the Author
Maira Kalman is an illustrator, author, and designer. She has created many covers for The New Yorker, including the famous map of Newyorkistan (created with Rick Meyerowitz). Kalman is the author of twelve children's books, including five books about Max the dog, which will be reissued by The New York Review Children's Collection: Hey Willy, See the Pyramids and Max Makes a Million (September 2017); Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) and Max in Hollywood, Baby (February 2018); and Swami on Rye (September 2018).She also has designed fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, sets for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and, with her late husband Tibor Kalman under the M&Co. label, clocks, umbrellas, and other accessories for the Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Kalman's work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.
"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
"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
"Ooh-la-la, c'est formidable! Or maybe weird and wonderful would be a better way to describe Kalman's latest book about Max, the dog poet. Busy, surreal illustrations combine with a sophisticated, witty text to create a fast-moving, hip-hopping Parisian adventure of canine amour....Kalman's creativity and inventive use of language show as much in the page design as in the story itself...Brilliant, bold, funny and obscure, this is definitely one of Kalman's best efforts to date. Not every reader will be in tune with the jazzy style, but most large libraries will want this tour de force in their collections." --School Library Journal
"The work of Maira Kalman offers up a very modern freedom and zest." --USA Today