Max the Flying Sausage Dog: Tom’s Birthday Tail Review

toms_birthday_tailMax the Flying Sausage Dog: Tom’s Birthday Tail by John O’Driscoll and Richard Kelley, illustrated by Arthur Robins

Words in the Works, LLC, 2015. 978-0991036493

Synopsis: It’s Tom’s birthday and Mom has a special surprise for him: they are going to the pound to pick out a dog! Which one will he pick to be his new friend?

Why I picked it up: I really enjoyed the chapter books and I was excited to know that it was being adapted into a picture book.

Why I finished it: All of the characters we loved from the chapter books are now going to entertain children of all ages. The picture book is a delightful way for readers not ready for chapter books to enjoy Max and Tom’s adventures. The full page illustrations and condensed text make it easy for children to read by themselves or read out loud. Robins’ illustrations are fun and whimsical, taking us into the pages and helping us to experience the story on another level. It’s a fun story about making new friends and experiencing everyday magic, if only we are willing to see it.

Other related materials: Max the Flying Sausage Dog: A Tail from London by John O’Driscoll and Richard Kelley, illustrated by Arthur Robins; Max the Flying Sausage Dog: Tails from the Pound by John O’Driscoll and Richard Kelley, illustrated by Arthur Robins; Macavity!: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Arthur Robins; Mr. Mistoffelees: The Conjuring Cat by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Arthur Robins; Gumwrappers and Goggles written and illustrated by Winifred Barnum-Newman; That Day in September and Other Rhymes for the Times by Liz Lime; Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail by James Horvath; Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath; Work, Dogs, Work: A Highway Tail by James Horvath; Sausages by Jessica Souhami; Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder

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