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Donaldson, Julia and Ogilvie, Sara: The Detective Dog.

Donaldson, Julia and Ogilvie, Sara

The Detective Dog

Macmillan, 2016, pp32, 11.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 5098 01 59 6

Detective Dog Nell is one of kind, she can sniff out all sorts from every hiding place, and when books go missing from the school she is the only dog for the job.

Dynamic and fast-paced Detective Dog Nell races through the book with a rhyme to follow. With bright and bold illustrations, and expressive characters, there is a lot to engage the reader. Nell is a delightful dog and her energy bounces off the page, you can feel her eagerness and enthusiasm. The book uses rhyming couplets to tell the story and many of the lines will quickly get stuck in your head, and this could easily be something for children to learn by heart. The story evokes the sights and smells of school--'plasticine, custard and newly washed hair'--as the reader follows Nell's quest to find the missing books.

There are many themes to the story such as companionship and a love of reading but, most notably, the importance of libraries and how necessary it is for everyone to have access to books. The story is lots of fun while gently conveying how great books are; I am sure it will be one that is asked for again and again.

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Author:Dunn, Emma
Publication:School Librarian
Article Type:Book review
Date:Sep 22, 2016
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