"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, loveable boy and playful Max capture the reader’s heart. I applaud the authors for imbedding 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, 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

"This story was cute. Seeing Alex try and prove he deserved Max was the sweetest thing. I got emotional with the ending. Very cute story for kids asking for a pet. It shows you how hard it is to care for an animal and that if you want a pet you should always be prepared to take care of it."

 - Stephanie Mendoza, Librarian, NetGalley

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