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Scratch and Sniff: A Bloomsbury Reader

Written by Margaret Ryan

Illustrated by Nathan Reed

Part of the Bloomsbury Readers Series

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Scratch and Sniff: A Bloomsbury Reader Review

Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 7+ readers Funny Reading Scheme

This is such a fun detective story, written from the point of view of the two heroes, the dogs, Scratch and Sniff

Book Band: Lime (Ideal for ages 7+)

Using clever barks and actions, the two dogs are able to help their owner Constable Penrose solve a burglary, using cunning and ingenuity. The book is amusingly illustrated by Nathan Reed.

The characters are all rather typecast but in an amusing way; the dim sergeant, the burglars, Bernie and Sam, and Mrs Pudding the baker. There is lots of humour throughout and a great use of alliteration and rhyme – Inspector Hector and dodging dirty dustbins, being two examples.

I love how this story, even though it is written for young emerging readers, is set out in chapters. Such a plus for older readers who are struggling as it doesn’t feel as if they are reading stories beneath their understanding and chronological age.

The reading zone at the end is packed with good ideas for discussion, a little quiz and ideas for creative writing.

I am sure this will prove to be a popular read.

Rosie Watch

Other Info

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence covering a wide range of genres and topics.

With charming illustrations, ideas for discussion points and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home.

Find more information on the Bloomsbury Readers Scheme.

Scratch and Sniff: A Bloomsbury Reader Synopsis

A cops and robbers adventure with a twist by children's writer Margaret Ryan. PC Penny Penrose is always given the rotten jobs to do by Sergeant Snide. She never gets to see any of the real police action. When there's a robbery at Doogood's department store, Penny is left behind to count traffic cones. Until, that is, her pet dog duo Scratch and Sniff decide to help out!

This humorous story from Margaret Ryan has fun black-and-white illustrations by Nathan Reed and is perfect for children who are developing as readers.

Scratch and Sniff: A Bloomsbury Reader Press Reviews

'Patrice Lawrence, Tony Bradman, Margaret Mahy [...] any list that brings together such a quality line up of authors is going to be welcomed.' - Books for Keeps on the series Book Band: Lime (Ideal for ages 7+)

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ISBN: 9781472989673
Publication date: 05/08/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472989673
Publication date: 5th August 2021
Author: Margaret Ryan
Illustrator: Nathan Reed
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Funny, Reading Scheme

About Margaret Ryan

A former teacher, Margaret Ryan (1944-2019) was one of Scotland’s most prolific and imaginative writers for young people. She wrote the Fat Alfie and Airy Fairy series for Scholastic, the Operation Boyfriend and Little Blue series for Hodder, and two Littlest Dragon titles for HarperCollins. In 2000, she won the Scottish Arts Council Award for The Queen’s Birthday Hat.

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