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The House That Max Built

Folk artist Maxwell Newhouse worked in construction for many years and in his newest book, he takes young readers through the steps of building a house. It begins in the early summer with the site selection and architect’s drawings and ends with laying sod in the garden beside the blossoming pink fruit trees.

Concrete pouring, framing, shingling, plumbing, insulation, tiling — each page shows a step in the process — explained in clear and succinct sentences and illustrated in detail in Newhouse’s bright and lively style. In clear language, the author explains each step and even Max’s choices. “‘The frame of the house needs to be covered with brick or siding or stone or stucco. ‘It’s brick for me,’ says Max. He watches the bricklayers spread the mortar.”

For youngsters who find construction fascinating and who are instantly attracted by the roar of a backhoe or the sight of a hammer, this book offers plenty to intrigue. But The House That Max Built offers any child an easy informationpacked trip through the process of homebuilding, one which will be fun to read at home or at school.

Newhouse’s vibrant colours and engaging style show the development of the house (and the passing of the seasons outside). Children will also enjoy finding white-haired Max himself in every picture — and his black Scottie dog who appears in most pictures, occasionally making trouble for everyone on the site!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

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