Hello, everyone. Paul here today. I’m pleased to bring you my review of Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle as part of the book review blitz hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. A big thank you to Renee for all the hard work she puts in coordinating these review blitzes. I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. My wife and I dressed up as Bert (me) & Mary Poppins (her). We had over 80 trick or treaters and the night was quite fun. Okay now let’s learn more about the book.
About the Book
Title: Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle (The Pet Shop Society, Book #1) | Author: Emlyn Chand |Publication Date: September 26, 2015 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 43 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 11
Mike Adams has always been a pretty average kid. He hates homework, love sports, and spends a lot of his day bugging his twin sister Maddie—because, after all, she deserves it.
But one day, everything changes. Nic Chang’s dog goes missing.
Mike, his sister and their two best friends join forces to search for the truth and, with it, the missing pet. Will Mike and Maddie find a way to put their differences aside and save the day? And just where did that dog-gone labradoodle go?
Put your thinking caps on and prepare to find the answers in the premier installment of The Pet Shop Society, a brand new mystery series for readers aged 7-11.
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About the Author: Emlyn Chand
The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. Maybe that’s why she loves writing her Bird Brain Book series for children so much!
Emlyn’s first novel, Farsighted, won the prestigious Writer’s Digest Self-Published Novel of the Year award in 2012 for the YA category. She now writes most of her fiction under her real name, Melissa Storm.
Now, for my review!
What I liked best: I loved the detective aspect of this story. Everyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Encyclopedia Brown. Anything that involves sleuthing and detecting is right up my alley. I truly enjoyed the way the crew (Mike, Maddie, Tyler, Bree, and Nic) worked together to look for the lost dog. The scene where Mike had to pretend to be a dog while they figured out potential escape routes was classic. I really enjoyed the fact that they decided to form The Pet Shop Society. A special note to the great logo (see the top of the book cover of above). An honorable mention is the fact that a dog was involved; I’m a dog lover!
What missed a bit: I only found one miss. I swear there were times when Nic was taking violin lessons and others where it was the piano. It wasn’t a big deal since it didn’t really impact the story, but I did find it a little confusing.
Overall: A great book! I thought it was perfect for young readers (and older ones like me). I am so happy to have read and found a great new mystery series. The fact that the book (and subsequent series) involves both boys and girls is genius. I believe this makes it perfect for both boy and girl readers alike. I feel like there is a shortage of good mystery books for young readers so this is really great to see. I recommend this book to young readers as well as school/library story time. I can’t wait for the next one!