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Ooh-la-la: Max in Love (Max #3)

4.49 of 5 stars 4.49  ·  rating details  ·  299 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Max, a millionaire dog poet, has come to Paris from New York to see the sights and find his heart's desire. As he basks in the glitter and glow of Paris, Max finds himself in the midst of cosmopolitan expatriates and eccentric Parisiennes. Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) quivers with surreal and funny language, and idiosyncratic, luminous art.

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Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Puffin (first published 1991)
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Mar 29, 2008 Kat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: silly loving people
Recommended to Kat by: the cover!
Ah, Maira Kalman - we discovered the clever wit of Max early on in my child's adventures in bookland and didn't stop. The pictures are a treasure in themselves with happy color, eccentric details and hooty little visual puns or twists. My son even had the little Max dog doll with removable clothing and hat and even little writings in the inner pockets. He was so loved and still has all his sartorial details which is impressive since he traveled everywhere. (not unlike the well-traveled Max.) Suc ...more
Apr 07, 2009 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I can't even count how many times I've read this book. By far one of my favourite picture books. It's a charming, whimsical story. The rhyming and flow of the words made it such a delight to read aloud. Even though some of the puns went over my head as a child, the play on words made it fun to read later on as an adult. And the PICTURES! I can't say enough about the pictures. The details are incredible, and every time I read this book, I find something new or rediscover something I'd forgotten. ...more
Emilia P
This is the best book of my childhood. I went and read Max makes a Million and Swami on Rye, a precursor and a follow-up, and while they were both very good, no book is as good as this book. Max sees poems written on Paris trees and streets and cars, the greater plot of the story communicated through some weirdo lady's phone call, his feelings of love swelling before he even finds the girl he must love. It is exuberant, eccentric, puzzling, and oddly adult. All of which is lovely for a
Melanie Coughlin
This book makes me feel happy! I admit I owned it before having a child. It's just that great. Yes, the pictures are fabulous, and the story is fun. What I really love is the cadence of the prose that, when read aloud, can't help but give you a shot of vim. "I am Fritz from the Ritz, which I quit in a snit, when the chef in a fit, threw escargot on my chapeau, and hit my head, with a stale French bread. Now I am here, in this little hotel, run by the aromatic Madame Camembert." Picture reading t ...more
This is my favorite book of all time, hands-down.
It is probably what inspired me to study French literature, the most utilitarian academic specialization ever.
Too bad it wasn't called Ooh-la-la (Max in the IT Industry), I guess.
Jan Henry
Just fun - the illustrations, the playing with words. Maira Kalman has such a distinct style that I notice her work immediately. She did a recent Inauguration piece in the NYTimes ... she bounces from one thing to another more than I do.
Awesome. I have alot of fun making the voices. My son (3yrs) showed no interest as I read it normally but when I switched the voices he wouldnt let me stop. I didnt know i'd like this book so much. Its fresh to def dooods!
Tellulah Darling
One of the absolute best kids books ever in my opinion. Witty, beautiful and something for both kids and parents who have to read it a million times. Can't recommend it enough.
Tracy O
This woman is the coolest illustrator & kid's author ever. Again, though, Charlie, my son, is not digging her to the extent that I am. He gives this book two stars.
Dec 16, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Heather
We loved this book as a family - and my French improved. The illustrations are really rich and creative, and the language is so much fun.
Max takes on Paris (never been there) and eventually finds love. The verse needs to be read aloud...
I was awakened by a k-k-k-k-knocking at the door. In entered a long mustache followed by a man...
...and the imagery is equally energized.
This book came out the year I spent in Bordeaux. I loved the franglais and the illustrations so much I gave it to my best friend from my year abroad for Christmas. And the best part was she gave it to me too that Christmas!
Marvelous. Fantastico. Brilliant. Excellent. WHY have I never read Maira Kalman in my life? I will now proceed looking and reading everything this woman has ever created.
Taylor Darst
It's such a fun book to read out loud because even though it is predicting it has a rhyming about it that is fun.
So silly and a with a flavor of dadaism to it. Madam and I enjoyed this.
Max, the coolest dog ever!!!!!!
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Feb 24, 2008 Fenixbird SandS marked it as to-read
Recommended to Fenixbird by: Michael
"...Moodily meandering, he wanders through the Parisian parks and boulevards with a hangdog expression on his face. After all, c'est Paris in the spring..."
if you have kids and you don't get them this book, you're bad. if you're a reader and you don't think this is hilarious, you're creepy.
Gary Christensen
I was a little disappointed to find that other people knew of Ms. Kalman and that she wasn't just my secret, best friend.
To me, the best kids books create a whimsical world in which you want to live. I would give anything to live in Max's world.
May 10, 2008 Christine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids and kids at heart
Shelves: children-s-books
Quirky art, cute picture/story book - I enjoy reading it as much as my kids love it! All the "Max" books are great kids books.
Mrs Bond
The illustrations are magnificent, the text is humorous. Max (dog) visits Paris and falls in love, of course.
Love the layout and placement of type! Such a touching love story too....awwwweeee!
Again, very cute book. Great for a gift. Great visual appeal!
We loved this book as a family. And my French improved!
Maira Kalman's kids books are amongst my favorites.
this is the most enchanting and creative children's book.
Tiah Keever
Oh la la, cette livre est tres mignon!
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Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She has worked as a designer, author, illustrator and artist for more than thirty years without formal training. Her work is a narrative journal of her life and all its absurdities. She has written and illustrated twelve children's books including Ooh-la-la- Max in Love, What Pete Ate, and Swami on Rye . Sh ...more
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