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Reader Reviewed Dog Diaries by James Patterson

Dog Diaries

Written by James Patterson
Illustrated by Richard Watson
Part of the Dog Diaries Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: It’s a (very funny, very readable) dog’s life

Narrated at breathless speed by super-excited puppy Junior, this new series is spot-on for newly confident readers. Junior’s honest, direct, puppy’s-eye-view account of his life with new owner Ruff Catch-a-bone (aka much-loved Patterson character Rafe Khatchadorian) is one of non-stop domestic drama. Junior’s enthusiasm for life is catching, and it’s impossible not to be completely caught up in his descriptions of his daily activities. Excitement comes in the form of puppy-obedience training, and reaches a climax at a local dog show. Junior’s future depends on him winning a prize, which he does, but in a typically funny and unexpected way. Great fun, and super-readable too, helped by well-spaced, large type and Richard Watson’s comic illustrations. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Belle, age 9 - This is a funny story about Junior the dog and his life with his new family, the catch-a-doggy-bone family. He is funny, a little bit crazy, and gets excited about racoons!
  • Ollie Hopwood, age 8 and Toby Hopwood age 6 - Dog Diaries had our boys hooked from the first page with its cheeky humour. 
  • Amatullah Khatun, age 8 - With funny scenes and terrific illustrations my daughter enjoyed reading this book.
  • Katie Macauley, age 6 - Very funny. The pictures in the book are fun and there is something on every page.
    As I have my own dog I now understand him so much better. A great book for dog owners or anyone that wants a giggle.
  • Sam Briggs, age 8 - This book is epic! It is so funny and an insight into life as a dog.
  • Ethan Watkin, age 10 - Really hilarious. Would appeal to younger readers as well as 8-10 year olds as it's so funny. Really makes you think what it's like to be a dog!!
  • Rob Anderson age 8 - A very silly, but funny story.
  • James McNichol, age 8 - Dog diaries is a very good book.
  • Matthew, age 9 - This book is about a dog and his owners.
  • Prisha Yadav, age 8 - Brilliant book with lot of fun and amazing illustrations.
  • Cody Wakefield, age 10 - A hilarious story narrated by Junior the dog! Perfect for anyone age 7+
  • Huxely Glen, age 7 - A very funny book full of fun adventures. We couldn't stop laughing all the way through as the dog got up to some fun things. I hope there are more books like this as it was a great book to read.
  • Iulia Motoc, age 10 - Dog Diaries is full of excitement and definitely brought me to tears of laughter! I really enjoyed reading it because of the amazing illustrations and fantastic characters.


Dog Diaries by James Patterson

Introducing Junior, the newest member of the Khatchadorian family! After being adopted by Rafe and his family Junior settles into life at the Khatchadorian house, finding all the best nap spots and taking on his nemesis, the vacuum cleaner. But, like his new owner, trouble seems to follow Junior and his friends from the dog shelter wherever they go. Not even the local park is safe!

About the Author

James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here.

Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2014 he donated £250,000 to help independent bookshops with a children’s section in the UK. Rafe from the Middle School series also features on the first ever children’s ‘Books are my Bag’ rucksack.

If you are a teacher CLICK HERE to download a free Middle School resource to help get kids reading.

James Patterson's top tips to get your kids - even the most reluctant ones - reading!

* Find books your kids love.

Talk with your child about their interests. Kids read more if they read what they like. E-reader, paperbacks, hard covers, comic books are all fine. Reading is the goal!

* Get a Library Card in your child's name.

Visit your library…the resources they have for the summer are usually terrific. And the Children's Librarian will usually bend over backwards to help your child find fun stuff to read.

* "Buddy Read" together.

Model reading with your child. Read the same books together, and talk about them.

* Create a Reading Club with friends.

It's always more fun if you can share the experience.

* Reward progress.

Set goals with your child, and track their achievements. Give them little "awards" for progress.

* Travel with your books wherever you go.

Take them to the beach, in the car, on vacations, and to the pool. Make the "in between" moments count. Put books everywhere your kids might be bored and want to turn on the TV, such as the breakfast table, the bedside table—wherever.

* Remember: it's up to you to make it fun.

Reading is fun! If it isn't, keep at it till they find books they can't put down. Then reward yourself, Mom and Dad, because you have just given your child the best present you could ever have imagined: the gift of reading—for life.

Visit to find out more about this fantastic campaign.

Find lots of news and fun activities on the Middle School books here.

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208 pages
Interest Age: From 6 to 8 years


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Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone

Publication date

31st May 2018




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