Reader Reviewed Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle by Clara Vulliamy

Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle

Written by Clara Vulliamy
Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

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Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Dot loves a good mystery! So, when she hears noises in the night she just has to find out what is causing them. Dot is sure there must be a ghost but she also knows the first rule of solving a mystery is to get proof. But how can she do that when the culprit is invisible? Luckily she has Top Dog McClusky and her best-friend Beans on hand to help her. What will they uncover? An engagingly bouncy story wittily told in words and pictures.~ Julia Eccleshare

Publisher, Ruth Alltimes says: “Dot is destined to be the new ‘book-best-friend’ of young girls everywhere; she is impishly funny, aspirational and so full of curiosity that girl readers will be drawn into her world of mini mysteries! Clara Vulliamy's signature stylish, witty artwork creates an irresistible young fiction package.”

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Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first Dotty Detective story. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Serena Mazin, age 8 - 'It is a super book about solving mysteries. It is a quick read with fun sketches of Dot and of course her faithful friend a dog called McCluskey.'
  • Evie Meredith, age 6 - 'I would give this 10/10! The book is about a girl called Dotty and she moves house and find things are missing.'
  • Bethany McNeil, age 8 - 'Dotty Detective was a great book. I liked how the words were written in different styles and how the pictures were created...It's an amazing book to read!'
  • Aminah Kauser, age 10 - 'A quick and easy read that I enjoyed so much.'
  • Mia Schader, age 9 - 'If you like solving crimes and being a detective you will love this book, it’s funny too!'
  • Cassandra Butler, age 6 - 'This book was amazing and I really enjoyed it. Dotty has just moved and has to start at a new school as the new kid, but makes friends with Ben (Beans) and they become detectives!'
  • Sophie Bridges, age 13 - 'I think Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy is a good book, with a good story line. However, being 13 years old I think the book is a bit young for my age.'
  • Aarav Mehta, age 7 - 'It's funny, it's mysterious and you will be puzzled for a long time.'
  • Ruby Laverty, age 6 - 'It was good!!  I liked how Dot solved the mystery.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 8 - 'I recommend it to 6-7+ good readers who like to solve mysteries!'
  • Martha Cox, age 7 - 'A fun story about being a detective!'
  • Abi Zinkin, age 6 - 'This was a really lovely story about a girl who thinks she can be a detective, but she's also starting a new school after moving house, and she's making new friends, but it's not sad at all, just fun.'
  • Lauren Evans, age 10 - 'it is a quick and easy book which I would recommend to ages 5+...I loved it!'
  • Elliot Bateman, age 8 - 'The book is good for boys and girls...Dotty is fun, friendly and funny and I really liked her.'


Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle by Clara Vulliamy

Dot, her best pal Beans and TOP DOG McClusky are back on the case in a brand-new story! When Dot starts hearing strange noises at night she's convinced there must be something SPOOKY afoot. But before they can prove there's a ghost on the loose, Dot and Beans have to follow Ace Detective Fred Fantastic's golden rule: GET PROOF. Easier said than done when the suspect appears to be invisible! It's time to FOLLOW THAT HUNCH!

About the Author

Clara Vulliamy

Clara Vulliamy was born in London, the daughter of author and illustrator Shirley Hughes and her husband, John Vulliamy. She studied at Chelsea School of Art, The Ruskin and the Royal Academy. Clara started concentrating on writing and illustrating children's books when she had children of her own and has now written and illustrated many stories for children and babies. She lives in Twickenham, with her husband and their children Jack and Martha and three guinea pigs.

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Book Info


192 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

28th July 2016




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