Children’s Book Review: Max Spaniel, Dinosaur Hunt, by David Catrow

My nearly 2yo son Eli has become fascinated with books.  So much so that we rarely have a problem with naptime and bedtime anymore, because he knows both will be preceeded by several stories, usually read to him by his 11yo sister.  It’s so fun to watch him obssess over a certain page, poring over each detail and sometimes even pointing and telling his own version of the story in toddler-speak.

Max Spaniel:  Dinosaur HuntBecause of his newfound love of books, I was excited to get the chance to review the first in a new children’s book series about Max Spaniel, plucky dog extraordinaire.  In the book we reviewed, Max Spaniel:  Dinosaur Hunt (Orchard Books/Scholastic), Max sets out on an adventure seeking evidence of dinosaurs in his backyard.  The illustrations are fabulous, no doubt because that is author David Catrow’s specialty, having illustrated a number of the other children’s books, including the ALA Notable Children’s Book for Young Readers, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!.  The text in this book for beginning readers is also very clear and straightforward.  I can easily see my son being able to repeat the simple words on his own after several readings of this book.  And I love the whimsy of the story as Max looks at everyday objects in an imaginative new light.

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  • Jamie Z

    My dog used to be curious. Now he is just old, deaf, and tired. Poor thing!

  • Jamie Z

    My dog used to be curious. Now he is just old, deaf, and tired. Poor thing!

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  • Jess

    I have a dog that’s too curious for his own good. I hope one of these days he’ll stop being curious about the skunks that roam the neighborhood.

  • Jess

    I have a dog that’s too curious for his own good. I hope one of these days he’ll stop being curious about the skunks that roam the neighborhood.

  • pixie13

    My one dog is adventurous, he escapes all the time & thinks it’s the best game ever for us to chase him all over the neighborhood.

  • pixie13

    My one dog is adventurous, he escapes all the time & thinks it’s the best game ever for us to chase him all over the neighborhood.

  • Jennie

    My brothers dogs in Alaska chased after porcupines while we were camping in the middle-of-nowhere…we soon found ourselves in the middle-of-somewhere at a vet having needles taken out of their mouths! Ironically, the reason they came was because my brother didn’t want to pay for a kennel to watch them; instead he got to pay a vet! 🙂

  • Jennie

    My brothers dogs in Alaska chased after porcupines while we were camping in the middle-of-nowhere…we soon found ourselves in the middle-of-somewhere at a vet having needles taken out of their mouths! Ironically, the reason they came was because my brother didn’t want to pay for a kennel to watch them; instead he got to pay a vet! 🙂

  • sherry

    My mom’s dog Fraiser is quite curious. He is constantly gone from the yard exploring the neighborhood, while the other dog, Sassy, just sits around the yard waiting for him to get back

  • sherry

    My mom’s dog Fraiser is quite curious. He is constantly gone from the yard exploring the neighborhood, while the other dog, Sassy, just sits around the yard waiting for him to get back

  • Nichole

    No dog for our household… YET, but I am sure that when we do get one it’ll be just as curious as our 2 year old son. This looks like a really cute book and thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Nichole

    No dog for our household… YET, but I am sure that when we do get one it’ll be just as curious as our 2 year old son. This looks like a really cute book and thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Anna Smith

    One of our dogs is so adventurous that she will jump the 6′ privacy fence to see what is happening on the other side.

  • Anna Smith

    One of our dogs is so adventurous that she will jump the 6′ privacy fence to see what is happening on the other side.

  • K. C.

    I do not have a dog. I don’t really know any adventerous dogs either.

  • K. C.

    I do not have a dog. I don’t really know any adventerous dogs either.

  • Angela Winesburg

    Yes, our dog is very adventurous, lets just say she’s been brought back to our house twice by the police! Thanks for the chance!

  • Angela Winesburg

    Yes, our dog is very adventurous, lets just say she’s been brought back to our house twice by the police! Thanks for the chance!

  • Rachel

    I’m not sure that my pug is adventurous but he sure does eat everything. He’s eaten our garden (see our blog – July of this year), ant bait, knee-high stockings (twice!), hot charcoal, Comet, several yucky things out of bathroom trash cans, corn on the cob complete with pointy corn handle that made his mouth bleed and he still didn’t care, etc. What makes this even more crazy to me is that he’s had many unpleasant emergency vet visits as a result of his appetite, plus he’s had 13 teeth pulled, and he still doesn’t care. Crazy dog.

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  • Rachel

    I’m not sure that my pug is adventurous but he sure does eat everything. He’s eaten our garden (see our blog – July of this year), ant bait, knee-high stockings (twice!), hot charcoal, Comet, several yucky things out of bathroom trash cans, corn on the cob complete with pointy corn handle that made his mouth bleed and he still didn’t care, etc. What makes this even more crazy to me is that he’s had many unpleasant emergency vet visits as a result of his appetite, plus he’s had 13 teeth pulled, and he still doesn’t care. Crazy dog.

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  • Kenny

    I never had a dog, my childhood friends did though and it wasn’t very adventurous. She just played in the backyard.

  • Kenny

    I never had a dog, my childhood friends did though and it wasn’t very adventurous. She just played in the backyard.

  • Kris

    Neither my husband or I have ever had pets; however we see a lot of dogs on the streets here in NYC. The most adventurous dog I know from growing up is Clifford 🙂

  • Kris

    Neither my husband or I have ever had pets; however we see a lot of dogs on the streets here in NYC. The most adventurous dog I know from growing up is Clifford 🙂

  • Tami

    My Mom’s new dog is a riot! He is adorably cute but is ALWAYS getting into the toilet paper and pulls it all the way down the hall! We all laugh, but my Mom doesn’t think its so funny!!!!

  • Tami

    My Mom’s new dog is a riot! He is adorably cute but is ALWAYS getting into the toilet paper and pulls it all the way down the hall! We all laugh, but my Mom doesn’t think its so funny!!!!

  • Fran

    Our dog is called Toffee and he is as mad as a hatter!! He runs around the house from one room to the other bouncing off the love seat and couch (and it really doesn’t matter if your sitting there cos he will jump over you!)
    He also LOVES to chase his ‘dog tags’ (on his collar, still attached to his neck, I told you he was mad!) in circles (often falling over with a thud!) then when he catches one he will walk in circles with it in his mouth or he’ll find a place to sit, if he drops it he starts all over again!
    Mad as a hatter, but very cute! We love Toffee!

  • Fran

    Our dog is called Toffee and he is as mad as a hatter!! He runs around the house from one room to the other bouncing off the love seat and couch (and it really doesn’t matter if your sitting there cos he will jump over you!)
    He also LOVES to chase his ‘dog tags’ (on his collar, still attached to his neck, I told you he was mad!) in circles (often falling over with a thud!) then when he catches one he will walk in circles with it in his mouth or he’ll find a place to sit, if he drops it he starts all over again!
    Mad as a hatter, but very cute! We love Toffee!

  • Melissa Vaught

    We used to have a very curious dog. In fact, that is how we got her. My old boss just loved my son (who was 2 at the time), and she had a dog that kept running away. She would always have to take off work to go pick her up at the pound, etc. Well, since she loved my son so much, she decided to give him her dog, since she couldn’t keep it at home anymore. For about a year or so, she was great. Except for everytime the gate opened, she would try to crawl under your feet, almost knocking us down. When she did get loose, it would take forever to get her back. She would run around to all the neighbors’ and explore. Later, right when I brought my second baby home, she started digging under the fence. Everyday…We would repair the holes and do everything we could to keep her in. Eventually, she ran away and never came home, sadly. Hopefully, she’s somewhere free and running around!

  • Melissa Vaught

    We used to have a very curious dog. In fact, that is how we got her. My old boss just loved my son (who was 2 at the time), and she had a dog that kept running away. She would always have to take off work to go pick her up at the pound, etc. Well, since she loved my son so much, she decided to give him her dog, since she couldn’t keep it at home anymore. For about a year or so, she was great. Except for everytime the gate opened, she would try to crawl under your feet, almost knocking us down. When she did get loose, it would take forever to get her back. She would run around to all the neighbors’ and explore. Later, right when I brought my second baby home, she started digging under the fence. Everyday…We would repair the holes and do everything we could to keep her in. Eventually, she ran away and never came home, sadly. Hopefully, she’s somewhere free and running around!

  • Laurie L

    Our dog is such a blessing to our family. She’s a beautiful Lab who loves to explore. We live on a farm and NOTHING happens without her noticing. If something is going on with one of our horses, she’s the first to alert us. We love her!

  • Laurie L

    Our dog is such a blessing to our family. She’s a beautiful Lab who loves to explore. We live on a farm and NOTHING happens without her noticing. If something is going on with one of our horses, she’s the first to alert us. We love her!

  • Andrea

    Growing up I had a great adventerous dog. She would always bring me reptiles and then was so happy she found them and proceed to chase me around the yard with them. She was into so many things. She would share her house with the cat, chicken and anything else that may show up that night.

  • Andrea

    Growing up I had a great adventerous dog. She would always bring me reptiles and then was so happy she found them and proceed to chase me around the yard with them. She was into so many things. She would share her house with the cat, chicken and anything else that may show up that night.

  • Heather Sheahan

    My dog is extremely adventurous. His favorite thing to do when he is outside is to look for our neighborhood skunk and try to make friends! My dog does not realize that the skunk isn’t looking for a friend. Needless to say our house smells like a skunk often, but we love him!

  • Heather Sheahan

    My dog is extremely adventurous. His favorite thing to do when he is outside is to look for our neighborhood skunk and try to make friends! My dog does not realize that the skunk isn’t looking for a friend. Needless to say our house smells like a skunk often, but we love him!

  • We had a crazy dog, Groban, in Mozambique. Part Rottweiler, his job was to scare the neighborhood while being nice to our family. Often he would get out of the gate and tear after passers-by, causing them to scream and drop whatever they might be carrying. Never hurt them, though. He did bite a legitimate visitor once.

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  • Marie R

    I don’t have a dog but we are always at my uncle’s house and his dog is something else. We call him the backyard guard. He chases anything that moves and sometimes he walks around the fence and do a perimeter check out of nowhere. Its fun to see my son and my uncle grandson help Pebbles with his duties.

  • Marie R

    I don’t have a dog but we are always at my uncle’s house and his dog is something else. We call him the backyard guard. He chases anything that moves and sometimes he walks around the fence and do a perimeter check out of nowhere. Its fun to see my son and my uncle grandson help Pebbles with his duties.

  • Letessha

    I wish I did but I do not have one and I always wanted an adventurous dog for my kiddies. Hopefully we will get one sometime in the near future. I did have an adventurous cat when
    i was a teenager.

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  • Nancye Davis

    My dog Kayley was pretty adventurous when she would get out of our yard. She’d go flying down the street to visit all of the neighbors. She always had a grand time!!!

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  • Angie

    I have two dogs. My oldest dog is very adventurous. He attempts to steal food from my little boys hand occassionally but he gets pushed back and told off (in baby talk).

  • Angie

    I have two dogs. My oldest dog is very adventurous. He attempts to steal food from my little boys hand occassionally but he gets pushed back and told off (in baby talk).

  • Selinda McCumbers

    All I have to say is a new almost 3 month old puppy! That is enough adventure for anyone, but add in the fact that he is probably already 35 pounds and you have a handful!

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    All I have to say is a new almost 3 month old puppy! That is enough adventure for anyone, but add in the fact that he is probably already 35 pounds and you have a handful!

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    I’M DISABLED AND SOME DAYS CAN’T GET OT OF BED, MY DOG,CHARLIE, WOULD STAY RIGHT UP TO MY SIDE AND STAY THERE GUARDING ME ALL DAY, HE COULD FEEL IT WHEN I WAS MORE ILL.

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    I’M DISABLED AND SOME DAYS CAN’T GET OT OF BED, MY DOG,CHARLIE, WOULD STAY RIGHT UP TO MY SIDE AND STAY THERE GUARDING ME ALL DAY, HE COULD FEEL IT WHEN I WAS MORE ILL.

  • My grandfather has always owned adventurous dogs, mostly because he gives them the opportunity to roam free on his acres of farm land. Never know exactly where they will go or what they will come back with in their mouths!

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    My dogs aren’t adventurous at all. They have escaped from the house a few times & instead of running around exploring, they sit by the door and bark to be let in!

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  • Laura

    We have 4 big, adventurous dogs..but I know of another dog that is more adventurous than ours!! Several years ago, a dog showed up at our house and stayed for a few days…later we found his owner…he had wandered over 5 miles from his house!

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    We have 4 big, adventurous dogs..but I know of another dog that is more adventurous than ours!! Several years ago, a dog showed up at our house and stayed for a few days…later we found his owner…he had wandered over 5 miles from his house!

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    I have two dogs, both are adventurous dogs in that they are very, very nosy. They love to sniff everything!

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  • Christine W.

    The only adventurous dog would be the one next door. It looks like a small ball of fur. I came home from work and found him out in the street licking up water. He blended in so well with the street that I was surprised that no one had hit him. I ended up keeping him until the family next door came home.

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    The only adventurous dog would be the one next door. It looks like a small ball of fur. I came home from work and found him out in the street licking up water. He blended in so well with the street that I was surprised that no one had hit him. I ended up keeping him until the family next door came home.

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