"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.