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 Millions of Maxes
 Author: Wolitzer, Meg

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 961492 ISBN: 9780593324110
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Personal names -- Fiction
 Parks -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Parent-child relationship -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

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. 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.

 Illustrator: Players, Micah

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/01/21)
   School Library Journal (09/01/21)
   Booklist (12/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 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 - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/01/2021 Max has his name on his wall, his blanket, his mug, and even his night-light. Every evening, his parents say good night to their one and only Max. One day at the park, however, when someone calls for Max, three different kids (and a dog!) coming running, and they discover they all share a name. Perhaps Max isn’t the one and only. Perhaps there are hundreds, even millions of Maxes! Wolitzer is a streamlined, effective storyteller in any format, and this sweet journey manages to pack a lot of messaging about friendship, uniqueness, and self-acceptance into its short pages. The palette is bright and happy with its warm pinks, bold oranges, and rich blues, and the deliberate inclusion of diverse races and body types within the artwork—not merely because Max is biracial, or because the other Maxes are a Black girl and a white boy, but on every page—is as thoughtful as it is lovely. Following the much-appreciated trend of picture books with overtly positive messaging, the reader cannot help but celebrate with the various Maxes as they discover that even with the same name, they’re still one in a million. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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