Max Talks to Me

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Pub Date: 04/01/2007

Pages: 24

Trim: 9 x 10

Publisher: The Gryphon Press

Imprint: The Gryphon Press

ISBN 13: 9780940719033

ISBN 10: 0940719037

Price: $16.95 / $18.50 CAN

Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs

Max Talks to Me

By Claire Buchwald, Karen Ritz

Price: $16.95



About the Book

Alex and his dog Max are true friends—the kind that share each other’s excitement, comfort each other when they are sad, wait together when parents are away, and have fun wherever they are. Alex is learning that every good relationship is a two-way street. By observing and listening to his dog, by sharing good times and bad, he and Max are earning each other’s love and devotion. Parents will appreciate the information about animal communication and the dog-child bond that they will find at the end of Max Talks to Me. Children will want to share Max and Alex’s adventures and friendship over and over as they read the gentle, engaging story and look at the beautiful illustrations.

Author Claire Buchwald lives with her husband, three children, dog, and cat in Bloomington, Minnesota. The author of The Great Mitzvah-Go-Round (ArtScroll, 2002), co-written with her husband Larry Bogoslaw, and The Puppet Book (Plays Inc., 1990), Buchwald is currently completing a nonfiction book on the power of imagination, reading, and pretend play in children’s lives. Buchwald, who has a PhD in communication from the University of California, San Diego, believes that children deserve the finest of writing because they are complicated, intelligent, full of questions, and strongly connected to the powerful capacities of imagination and awe.

Artist Karen Ritz is the illustrator of Daddy’s Song by Leslea Newman (Henry Holt and Company, spring 2007) and forty other award-winning children’s titles. She has been a full-time illustrator of books and magazines since 1989 and teaches classes for teachers and librarians about visual language and the art of children’s books. Her art for Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express appears as an animated feature on public television’s Reading Rainbow.

About the Book

A boy learns from his dog that friendship is based on mutual understanding and trust.


Rebecca Evans, the illustrator of nine previous children's picture book's, is an illustrator and author living in Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from Messiah College with a concentration in Drawing and Illustration. She worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to her first love: children’s book illustration and writing. Her experience includes illustrating and authoring children’s books, teaching art at the local Art Center, and publishing artwork with magazines and multiple publishing houses. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, and working from her home studio. You can view her work at

Claire Buchwald, the author of four children's picture books, including "Max Talks to Me" (The Gryphon Press, 2007) and "Are You Ready for Me" (The Gryphon Press, 2009), has a Ph.D. in communication and works to promote and study the power of imagination in people's lives. Find out more about her work at and Claire is also the Director of FOCUS Interactive Research and a Program Planner for GTS Educational Events.

Sarah Buchlaw will graduate from The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2016. Sarah has performed in theater in the Twin Cities, is a committed writer who is passionate about using her arts background to make the world a more just place.

Claire, Sarah, and the rest of their family live with a rescued dog and two rescued cats in Bloomington, Minnesota.