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Max and the Doglins : Child's Play Library - Amanda Montgomery-Higham

Max and the Doglins

By: Amanda Montgomery-Higham

Paperback | 1 October 2007

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When Max the dog steals an egg from his best friend Beryl, it leads to a midnight visit from the mysterious Doglins.

Only when Max stands up to their bullying does he come to realise what he has to do to put things right.
Industry Reviews
'Summary: One morning, while out in the barnyard, Max (a dog) heard Beryl (a hen) making lots of noise. When she left the hen house, he ran up to see what was going on. Beryl had laid an egg. Try as he might, he couldn't keep away, and gulp! he ate the egg. This went on for days. Then one night, the doglins arrived to take over. Not only were the going to take Max's things, they were going to start stealing Beryl's eggs. With that, Max realized his mistake and decided to do something about it. He ousted the doglins and asked Beryl for forgiveness. This is a picture book about recognizing right from wrong, accepting the consequences, and doing the right thing.

Little Kid Reaction: Our daughter loved this story. We had to read it two times 'right away' the first night, and it's been two readings per night for several days now. With the first reading she was quick to point out the 'bullies', but did not quite understand how the doglins were Max's conscience.

Big Kid Reaction: This is a well-crafted story. The story's lesson is an important one, and the way the author brought Max's thinking back around is very clever. It isn't until he decides to protect Beryl that he sees just how wrong he was. The illustrations are wonderful, and Max's face is very expressive.

Pros: Kids of all ages will enjoy this story about making good decisions. Kids will be sad for Beryl, and chastise then cheer for Max. Cons: None, really. When Max seeks forgiveness, you don't hear his apology or his motivation, only Beryl accepting the apology. The author wrote this very effectively without bogging down the story, but it would be nice to know what prompted Max to keep stealing eggs.

Educational Themes: Max and the Doglins offers a wonderful life lesson about temptation, choices, consequences, and forgiveness. The author has visually demonstrated how poor choices can haunt you, and this may be a topic to explore. Because the author is not specific about why Max took the eggs day after day, you might ask your kids what they think the motivation was. Would they have forgiven Max as quickly?

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