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Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max [NOOK Book]

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Max is an Airedale Terrier rescue who has a lot of wisdom to share about life. Told from his canine perspective with great optimism and humor, this inspirational tale follows Max and his family through the big decisions, simple pleasures and unpredictable emergencies of life. From his experiences come simple life lessons—his Maxims for a Great Life—that are sure to make the reader smile, reflect and embrace life’s inevitable transitions. Perfect for children, dog lovers and lovers of life, this hybrid ...
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Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max

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Overview

Max is an Airedale Terrier rescue who has a lot of wisdom to share about life. Told from his canine perspective with great optimism and humor, this inspirational tale follows Max and his family through the big decisions, simple pleasures and unpredictable emergencies of life. From his experiences come simple life lessons—his Maxims for a Great Life—that are sure to make the reader smile, reflect and embrace life’s inevitable transitions. Perfect for children, dog lovers and lovers of life, this hybrid chapter-picture book celebrates life with pets, encourages a positive attitude in the face of tough times, eases the pain of pet loss, celebrates teachers in all forms and helps parents talk with kids about pet responsibility and some of life’s biggest issues—abandonment, adoption, friendship, love, illness and loss. It is an unforgettable journey to be shared by the whole family.

2010 Winner of the PTPA Media Inc Seal of Approval for excellence in family products; 2008 Glyph Winner for Best Gift Book in the Arizona Book Awards; Award of Excellence from the Dog Writers Association of America 2007 Writing Competition.
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Editorial Reviews

Al Grossman

There are great moral lessons to be learned in life and we learn them here through the eyes of an Airedale Terrier named Max. His deep insights into the human condition and everyday life reflect those of some great philosophers–only Max barks them out in everyday terms that we can understand and integrate into our own value system...What we have here is a true winner and a worthwhile read for the whole family.
Cheryl Malandrinos
Inspiring, heartwarming, and filled with tidbits to help you appreciate and enjoy the world around you, Life to the Max by Robin Reynolds is a delightful read. Told by Max, an Airedale Terrier who was adopted from the Humane Society, this story shares all that Max taught his family about life. From abandonment to rescue, from friendship and love to aging and loss, this touching tale will bring you smiles and maybe a tear or two, but in the end, you’ll cherish every word.
F Kennedy
Loved this enchanting, award-winning book. Any reader, dog lover or not, is sure to fall under its heart-warming and life-affirming spell from the very first Maxim...What a joy this book is. I hope children as well as adults have the opportunity to read its positive message. Life to the Max is a gift book in the very real sense of the word “gift”; a blessing for anyone of any age to receive.
Kate Greenwood
Anyone who’s ever given their dog a voice, shared their bed with a dog or considered themselves “Mom” and “Dad” to their dog will thoroughly enjoy this...Max tells his story through his mom, Reynolds, and the reader can’t help but chuckle at the personification. We all wonder what our pets are thinking from time to time and Reynolds does an excellent job of putting those words down on paper...the highlighted lessons give the reader plenty to contemplate.
Susan Heim
...extremely well-written and filled with beautiful photos of Max with his canine and human companions...this book appeals to everyone, both children and adults. Not only is it inspirational, but it can be read to children to stimulate family conversations about caring for pets, illness, friendship, adoption, aging, and death. It’s not surprising that this book was named Best Gift Book in the 2008 AZ Book Awards and received an Award of Excellence from the Dog Writers Association...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013219588
  • Publisher: NICE Creative
  • Publication date: 9/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Reynolds is a 25-year writing professional whose credentials include award-winning advertising copywriting for broadcast, print and Web media; writing a series of stories for a line of stuffed animals she created and writing comedy monologues for Yakov Smirnoff. She has a deep affection for dogs, and especially Airedale Terriers, which have been a part of her life since she was a child. She is currently the Head Noodler of NICE Creative, a marketing and advertising creative services company and the publisher of this book.
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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    Seriously spiritual, surprisingly funny

    I loved this enchanting, award-winning book. Any reader, dog lover or not, is sure to fall under its heart-warming and life-affirming spell from the very first Maxim.

    Life to the Max is completely unique and for this alone it is laudable. At first glance it seems like a fun, entertaining read; a delightful picture book for adults. It certainly is all those marvellous things. But amazingly, it's also a powerful story about family, love and life.

    I intended to read Life to the Max quietly on my own as a special treat. But when my six-year old daughter caught sight of it she asked me to read it to her at bedtime. We read it over several nights and it turned out to be a sublime experience for both of us.

    My little girl would nod seriously and say "uh-huh, uh-huh" along with each spiritually enlightened Maxim in a curiously knowledgeable way! Sure enough, the Maxims really are truisms for a life well-lived. We laughed-out-loud together; giggled with delight - and yes, at one point I was moved to tears.

    What a joy this book is. I hope children as well as adults have the opportunity to read its positive message. Life to the Max is a gift book in the very real sense of the word "gift"; a blessing for anyone of any age to receive.

    The alchemy of beautiful story, gorgeous design and wise spiritual counsel make it an extraordinarily inspirational, magical book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    Max is Some Teacher!

    MAX is truly a great read. As the author says, ¿We are all sent to this earth to learn certain lessons and our teachers can come in surprising forms.¿ Max is some teacher! There are great moral lessons to be learned in life and we learn them here through the eyes of an Airedale Terrier named Max. His deep insights into the human condition and everyday life reflect those of some great philosophers ¿only Max barks them out in everyday terms that we can understand and integrate into our own value system. The book is enhanced by illustrations by Terry Rohrs that make Max come alive as a true personality. What we have here is a true winner and a worthwhile read for the whole family.

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