“In this fun story, Max helps readers see the work and joy that a puppy can be.”
Max is back again to share with young readers more of his expertise, this time about all things puppy. In a telling dedication, McAnulty dedicates the story to her own nieces with the encouragement, “Keep asking and it’ll happen someday,” foreshadowing Max’s secret to step one, “Get a puppy”: Ask a lot. He also flawlessly reasons that while dogs might be lots of work, so is “picking up your room. And washing behind your ears.” While he ultimately realizes—after midnight wake-up calls, indoor potty accidents, and more—that dogs are a lot of work, they’re also “A lot of cute. A lot of cuddle. A lot of love”—which gives him an idea for the perfect name for his own puppy: “Alotta.” With clever inclusions throughout, including witty observations from Max’s grandma, who dryly observes that Max’s dog will think her name is “NoNoNo” since that’s all Max tells her, McAnulty creates an endearing story, with a little instructive commentary, for puppy lovers, especially those, like apparently her own nieces, wishing for one of their own. Hocking’s gouache and colored pencil illustrations are bright and playful, skillfully emphasizing both the work and the delight that a beloved pet can bring.
In this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek guide, kid-expert Max reveals everything you need to know about getting a new puppy.
Max knows a lot about puppies. After all, he’s wanted one his whole life! So he’s pretty much an expert. Grown-ups will warn you: Puppies are a lot of work. And they’re right! Your puppy will need the perfect bed (which she’ll never sleep in), the perfect toys (though she prefers playing with shoes and socks), and the perfect treats (she likes those, but she’ll also have whatever you’re eating). Dogs aren’t good listeners like kids are, and they have a lot to learn. So you might have to take her to doggy school. (Her favorite part will probably be recess.) Yup, a puppy is a big responsiblity—but also a lot of fun, a lot of cute, a lot of cuddle, and a lot of love. Full of humor, energy, and warmth, Max Explains Everything: Puppy Expert is the perfect read aloud for animal lovers everywhere.
Deborah Hocking is an illustrator who lives in Portland, Oregon. For six years, she worked as a cook and gardener at a château in France, but now she has the incredible privilege of spending her days drawing for children, chasing magic. She is the illustrator of the nonfiction picture book Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver Dam. The Great Henry Hopendower is her second picture book.