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'Max Meets the Mayor'

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A new local children's book features Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the book was inspired by a 7-year-old boy.

The new book is titled 'Max Meets the Mayor' is a true story written by long-time Buffalo businessman and historian Mark Goldman.  It features the real-life story of Goldman's grandson Max meeting the mayor.

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Inside the book Max Meets the Mayor.

"Because they were out driving and Max told his grandfather that he wanted to be Mayor of Buffalo someday," said Mayor Brown.  So grandpa Goldman set up the meeting.

"But there are very, very few people, particular mayors -- who will make themselves available they way Mayor Brown has to us," stated Goldman. "It's very, very touching to me."

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Mayor Brown with Max and his grandfather, Mark Goldman.
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Max holds up the book.

Max said he would someday like to be he mayor of Buffalo.  "Because I think it would be nice to also meet new people in Buffalo." said Max.

The book was illustrated by Elizabeth Leader.  WBFO News asked Mayor Brown how he felt about seeing himself in illustration. "The illustration is just marvelous throughout the entire book," said Brown.  "It's an amazing book."Both Max and Mayor Brown hopes this new book will inspire children to read. "I like all books, so I guess there's no really best book in books," noted Max.

"I like all books, so I guess there's no really best book in books," noted Max.