Adventure · Board and Picture Books · Books · Children's Fiction · Reviews

Max The Flying Sausage Dog: Tom’s Birthday Tail ~ Picture Book Review

Max The Flying Sausage Dog: Tom’s Birthday Tail by John O’Driscoll & Richard Kelly img_4647

Illustrated by: Arthur Robins

Series: Max the Flying Sausage Dog (For Younger Readers, #1)

Published: Words In The Works LLC, 2015

Edition: Paperback

Print Length: 32 pages

Narrated By: N/A

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book, Early Reader Books

Where Did I Get It? I kindly received a copy from the authors in return for this review.

Max is a Dachshund – a sausage dog. He lives in London with his young owner Tom, and Tom’s mum and dad. Max had an unusual tail that spins instead of wagging. When Max hears the name of his favourite food – sausages – it spins so fast he can actually fly. Then it’s up, up and away, and he’s suddenly Max The Flying Sausage Dog!

Website: Max The Flying Sausage Dog

Opening Line(s):

Today is Tom’s birthday.

My Review: Max is getting to be a familiar face on Carole Finds Her Wings – this time he is back in a book aimed at younger readers than the previous two chapter books.

A fun introduction to Max and Tom’s story, Tom’s Birthday Tail is a fun read for little ones who aren’t quite ready for sharing or reading chapter books just yet. With big, clear text and full page illustrations, there is plenty to look at and talk about as you read. Yet again, Arthur Robins has brought the book to life with his illustrative magic that is just perfect for this style of book.


Each page of the story has a couple of lines of story followed by a question for the reader either about themselves or the story. I love how interactive this makes the book – it’s not just me reading to Tori and Arthur, they get to join in and have a say without having to do any reading themselves.

That said, the chunky, simple text is perfect for Arthur at the moment. He is just learning to read and being able to read a Max book all by himself has made him a very happy boy indeed. Plus he LOVES making me answer all the questions as he reads it aloud!


This little book is great for introducing the world of Max The Flying Sausage Dog to younger readers and is a wonderful addition to the collection for those of us who are already fans.

My Rating: 4/5*




6 thoughts on “Max The Flying Sausage Dog: Tom’s Birthday Tail ~ Picture Book Review

  1. It sounds great! I always like to find out about new books for younger kids for my niece and nephew.


Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear what you think :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.