Fittingly over the top with gold-digging glee, this Midas retelling uses every one of Shannon’s magnificent gifts of style, zest and bling to wondrous heights. Sure, we spot the prepubescence of a particular politico, but readers will be pouring over the comic details in the larger-than-life paintings and be rewarded with an ending that satisfies.
(Picture Book, ages 3+) — Find more Staff Picks by Maureen— Maureen
Maximilian Midas was a peculiar little boy.
He didn’t much like chocolate and he didn’t play with toys.
The first word that he uttered when he was one year old
Wasn’t Mama, wasn’t Papa; what Maxie said was, “Gold!”
Max Midas isn’t like the other kids. Instead of trying to make friends, he decides to make millions and spends it all on what he loves best: GOLD. Gold statues. Gold fountains. Piles and piles of gold, and atop them all, a golden castle. But one day, things get lonely inside his shiny castle and Max finally learns that gold isn’t worth anything without friends and family by your side.
David Shannon, the Caldecott Honor—winning and New York Times bestselling author of No, David!, is back with a riotous romp that’s sure to be a beloved classic.