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BAD DOG MAX! by Marina Windsor


by Marina Windsor & illustrated by Steve Haskamp

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8118-3700-9
Publisher: Chronicle

Max is a female Australian cattle dog who gets into constant mischief around the house, stealing clothing and food, digging holes in the yard, and scaring the mailman. The unnamed child narrator describes the dog’s naughty behavior and corresponding negative opinions of neighbors and family members. A helpful vet explains that Max doesn’t mean to get in trouble, but just needs more exercise and structured play, which does result in improved behavior by the boisterous pooch. Haskamp’s bright acrylic paintings bring Max and her antics to life with lots of motion, varied perspectives, and a palette of bright citrus shades. The simple, short text and double-page-spread format make this a logical choice for toddlers who are just moving into real stories. Although Max doesn’t really present any new tricks in the crowded pack of available stories about dogs, preschoolers will connect with the subtle theme of reassurance that even those who engage in wayward behavior are still loved by their families. (Picture book. 2-5)