A perfect gift

August 12th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Max, the Airedale terrier, tells his life story through his mom, Robin Reynolds in the beautifully illustrated book Life to the MAX: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max.

Max tells his life story through short, one-page snippets of adventures, calamities and changes that occur from the day he arrives at his new home from the Humane Society. Photographs of Max and his Airedale sisters appear throughout the book. Max’s mug shot appears by the 20 Maxims that accompany each short story in the book. These Maxims offer positive words of wisdom and inspiration from Max to make everyone’s journey through life a little easier.

On a glossy, blue page illustrated with waves and life preservers, Maxim #11 states, “People who really love you will be there when you need them most.” On the prior page, Max recalls falling into the family pool and almost drowning. Fortunately, Max’s mom shows up to rescue him, and Max’s parents erect a pool fence to protect the family from further calamities.

Ideal for pet owners or those contemplating pet ownership as well as animal lovers in general, Max’s book shows every aspect of a pet’s life from adjusting to a new home and the addition of children and pets to the health and grooming issues involved with his everyday care. Max also shows how to live a happy life despite adversities. A perfect gift, the book contains a glossy green page covered with paw prints and a section to include the gift recipient’s name “with doggone good wishes from:” the gift giver.

Max teaches people of all ages about life throughout the book and makes his most important statement in Maxim #20, “Live life to the Max!”

Reviewed by Janice L. Semmel

You’ll cherish every word

July 21st, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

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.

Maxim #1: When bad things happen, worrying won’t change anything. Trust you’ll get through it. (Page 13)
Maxim #5: Get the most out of life by doing things you enjoy! (Page 27)
Maxim #14: Never miss a chance to tell those closest to you that you love them. (Page 39)

Life to the Max is sure to be a hit with dog lovers and anyone who seeks to be reminded of the joys of life.

Reviewed by Cheryl, The Book Connection thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com

Written by a dog lover for dog lovers

July 11th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Written by a dog lover for dog lovers, Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max by Robin Reynolds is a great addition to the canine book library. 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 hybrid picture chapter book.

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. This book is appropriate for adults and children and the highlighted lessons give the reader plenty to contemplate. Life to the Max celebrates the life of a special pet reminding the reader to cherish their time with their own furry friend.

Reviewed by Kate Greenwood, TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/2472.html

A collection of insights and wisdom drawn from the life of a family’s beloved terrier

June 15th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Presented in the style of a children’s picturebook, Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog Named Max is a collection of insights and wisdom drawn from the life of a family’s beloved terrier, Max. Each two-page spread features a valuable nugget of wisdom on one page, such as “Treasure the people who can see you for who you really are,” and “Get the most out of life by doing things you enjoy!”, and vignettes from Max’s life on the other page. Max tells his story, from his adoption at an animal shelter to the natural end of his lifespan, in first-person perspective. Full-color photographs of this hardy terrier enhance this gentle picturebook perfect for young dog lovers.

The Midwest Book Review
 Children’s Bookwatch 
Reader’s Choice, June 2008 http://www.midwestbookreview.com

The best family books that I have ever seen on owning a dog

April 16th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

I have just read one of the best family books that I have ever seen on owning a dog–the joys, the issues, the responsibilities, the obligations, the emergencies, and the decisions involved. It covers the entire life of Max, an Airedale Terrier who was adopted by Robin and her husband, from the time he was surrendered to a shelter when he was seven months old to the time he was helped to pass at the end of his life. And the story is told in the most down-to-earth, sensitive, loving writing you can imagine. Children and adults will love this storybook.

All 20 of the maxims and stories are as well thought out as the first. Through these maxims, you learn about Max, but more importantly, every reader of every age learns important life lessons in the context of caring for a dog and relating to a dog.

I heartily recommend this book to everyone, and especially to families with children and grandchildren. The story is well written and charmingly illustrated. Max comes alive through the words and pictures, and the lessons learned are unforgettable.

Joyce Miller
Dog issue researcher, writer & teacher, former Airedale Terrier breeder
 AKC Canine Ambassador and an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluator http://dearjubilee.com

Truly a Great Read

April 15th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

I don’t often respond to requests for review. However, when I received a copy of Life to the MAX, I knew I had to contribute my two cents worth.
 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.

Alvin Grossman, Ph.D, 
Breeder 25 years. Bred 25 champions in 24 litters; Dog Book Publisher 17 years 
AKC Judge 32 years. Judged in 14 foreign countries and most of the major shows in the US, 
Former President of the Arizona Book Publishers Association & Northwest Association of Book Publishers

Buy this Book!

April 3rd, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Each time I read Life to the Max, I find myself smiling, nodding, tearing up, laughing and feeling grateful. You’ll love the pictures, bright colors, and Max’s 20 Maxims (#3 and #14 really got to me). Max’s enthusiastic nature and how he raises his family through the travails of life will stay in your heart forever.

A great book for families dealing with life-threatening illnesses, adoption, aging, sibling rivalry, and end of life issues. For your children, grandchildren and the child in you, buy this book!

Mary Marcdante, 
Author, Living with Enthusiasm
 Contributing author, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul