If I was only allowed one word to describe this book it would be cute with a capital C. I loved the idea that the authors chose to write it from their dog’s perspective; that is Max and Luther. Max and Luther are two buddies from a San Diego dog park who got together and decided to write a book about their adventures and experiences there.
It’s funny, puts a smile on your face…especially the pages with the ads for dogs with everything from looking for a new collar to help wanted.
It’s beautifully illustrated and yes, children will love it and learn a lot about dogs from reading it but I think it’s also the ideal book for adults too. Not only for its humor but the lessons learned within the pages about appropriate conduct when visiting a dog park. And yes, even some insight on what makes a dog tick.
If you own a dog or have ever been a dog parent you’ll recognize many of the traits, the running after anyone with food, the drooling, and the dog toys they love. Read it by yourself or read with it your child, but either way it’s sure to brighten up your day.
Hopefully Max and Luther will have more adventures because I’m looking forward to reading about them.
"True Tales From the Dog Park" is the first collaboration in a series of stories imagined about a real pair of canine pals, Max Sherman the puggle and Luther Laubenberg the English bulldog. Divided into chapters, with specially presented Dog Park Rules introducing the chapters, such as Dog Park Rules: Food Faux Paws or Dog Park Rules: Poop Realities. Another fun feature is the spotlight articles in the Dog Park Journal, subtitled Ask Luther, or Ask Max. Many helpful pet care tips and routines are incorporated into both sidebar features, which detail good canine care practices illustrated in the doggy anecdotes. Colored caricature illustrations capture each dog's special attributes and personality, enhancing the "tails." All are "True Tails" and all have a moral: along with the joy of caring for a canine companion comes the responsibility to become an enlightened, respectful owner. "True Tails from the Dog Park" is the first volume of a series that is sure to enchant dog-loving children age 8 and up.
True Tails From the Dog Park, a new book by Kari Sherman and Carey Laubenberg, shares tips and humorous "tails" for dog owners. The book, based on their experiences at the local dog park, is told through the eyes of their dogs, Max and Luther. The book was published by Max & Luther Publications and it was launched alongside a new website for dog owners at http://www.KariAndCarey.com.
"Our motto is that life isn't complete without a dog," said Kari Sherman, Partner in Max & Luther Publications and co-author of True Tails From the Dog Park. "Dogs bring laughter and love into the lives of their owners and they often bring people together. They also have much to teach us. We have learned so much from Max and Luther that we were driven to share their stories with other dog lovers. These are tales only a dog could tell."
The book offers practical advice such as not offering treats to other dogs at a dog park without checking with their owner. This should be done not only out of respect, but to protect dogs suffering from weight issues or allergies. It also features tips from the dogs' point of view such as "a dirty dog is likely to be a tired and happy dog."
True Tails From the Dog Park is the first of three planned books in the Max and Luther series, with the second and third books planned for release in 2015. Learn more about Max and Luther's adventures at http://www.KariAndCarey.com/blog. The new website also offers a photo gallery featuring Max, Luther, and their friends. Watch them on their dog park adventures at http://www.KariandCarey.com/gallery/.