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Max and the doglins - Amanda Montgomery-Higham

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Title
Max and the doglins
Author
Amanda Montgomery-Higham
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Child's Play
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20071001

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.

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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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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Theft - Pictorial works - Juvenile fiction.|Empathy - Pictorial works - Juvenile fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
32

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