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From the mind of Max Klump come fanciful figures, amazing facts and fun

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Left, Max Klump speaks to his classmates in Gina Halpin’s fourth-grade class about “loss aversion.” Above, at home, he displays some of his designs for his family’s rubber stamp company that have worldwide distribution.

He has a following in Japan. A master of design and comedy, a disseminator of facts, Max Klump is not your typical Siuslaw Elementary School student.

His fans are many, and include his fourth-grade teacher, Gina Halpin, who points out her student’s work as someone might an errant sketch by Picasso that somehow ended up casually taped to a classroom wall. A funny Picasso, however, with dialogue that one might expect from a 40-year-old seasoned cartoonist instead of a 10-year-old boy.

After his classmates see his work, Halpin preserves it. By the way she looks at each one, it is obvious his work will never end up in the trash bin.

“He is such a fun student. Look at this one,” she says as she pulls out examples from throughout the year.

Max is the originator of “Max’s Tuesday Fact,” a tradition in Halpin’s class this year, when every Tuesday he presents a fact and an illustration, such as the one presented yesterday, “that a bird in the hand is actually worth 2.48 in the bush.”

For the complete article see the 05-15-2013 issue.

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