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Big Shaggy Max

Alex is a friendly third grader who forgets his homework, loses his jacket, and often runs late. He doesn't mean to get into trouble. It's like trouble finds him. He dreams of one day having a dog, but his parents refuse. Dogs are a lot of work, and Alex is way too irresponsible to take care of a pet or so they think. Alex is determined to prove them wrong.

A portion of sales will be donated to the Delta Rescue Sanctuary - loving home to more than 1,500 abandoned cats and dogs rescued from the wilderness.​

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Cheers to BIG SHAGGY MAX for receiving the Mom's Choice Gold Award honoring excellence in family friendly media, products and services. 

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Watch Patti and Carol read Big Shaggy Max!


See what our youngest endorser, 3 year old Benjamin, had to say about Big Shaggy Max!

"The best children's stories captivate the imagination while capturing the soul, and that is why your children will adore Big Shaggy Max. Tanenbaum and Zaslow have created a story that is sure to stimulate plenty of meaningful classroom and bedroom discussions about the importance of community and how even little kids can do BIG things!"


- Danny Brassell, Ph.D., internationally-acclaimed speaker, bestselling author of 16 books and creator of



"This is a wonderful book for all children. I love the intelligent, wonderful happy ending of Big Shaggy Max. As Alex struggles to find an answer, he is empowered to go in the right direction. When he suffers a setback, there is no acting out, just responsible, positive solutions. I love it."


- Nancy Krasne, the Former Mayor City of Beverly Hills and school teacher for over 25 years



"Big Shaggy Max is a wonderful heart-warming story engraved with themes of personal growth, community and responsibility. Tanenbaum and Zaslow brilliantly illustrate the commitment of pet ownership. It is a must read for any parent and child considering the adoption of a dog or any pet."


- Isabel Hacker, Beverly Hills school board member



"Let Big Shaggy Max come home with your children and they will delight in this charming story that does more than entertain. Children will learn a valuable lesson in taking responsibility, and the satisfaction that comes when "Little Kids do BIG Things." I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will be sharing it with my young clients who often struggle with becoming responsible. Parents will welcome the opportunity to teach without preaching."


- Edith Buie, MFT, child therapist and parenting consultant



"Tanenbaum and Zaslow have weaved the concepts of love, responsibility for self and others, care for animals and fun into a delightful story. Alex, a very believable, lovable boy and playful Max captures the reader's heart. I applaud the authors for embedding several life lessons in such an engaging story!"


- Dr. Beth Perak, Ph.D. (USC), early literacy, associate professor, and published author. 



"Wow! The students in my second-grade class loved Big Shaggy Max. They were captivated by the story as well as how Alex solves his problem. Many were inspired to write new stories as a continuation to Big Shaggy Max, a teacher's dream!"


- Linda Gregorczyk, a 2nd-grade teacher for over 30 years



"Parents all want to better instill the values of responsibility, compassion, and sense of community. This wonderful little book does this in a way that is thoroughly engaging, the type of book I find irresistible. It is a little gem."


- Lily Lee Fugier, Olympic figure skater



"I loved reading Big Shaggy Max! Not only is this book fun to read, it shows kids they can make their big ideas come true with a little hard work and determination. I value the confidence this builds. This book will be a staple in our household."


- Rocio Lugo Bonsall, Philanthropy Leader

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