Puppies to the rescue!
From animal expert Gill Lewis, Puppy Academy is a fun new series introducing young readers to a team of plucky, irresistible puppies, learning their jobs as working dogs. A must for animal-loving boys and girls aged six to eight years.
Scout is excited about the day ahead at the Sausage Dreams Puppy Academy – because today she’s taking her Care in the Community test, an important step on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a police dog. But a good deed goes wrong and suddenly Scout is left on her own while her friends take the tests to get their badges. Can Scout put things right and make up for her mistakes? And then there’s the mysterious sausage thief who’s at large in Little Barking – if only Scout could find a way of catching him. . .
Source: ARC from Oxford University Press via Amazon Vine
This is a cute little tale about a plucky pup who is terribly misunderstood and the way she goes about solving things. Fully illustrated throughout, it will appeal to animal loving children everywhere, whether they’re confident readers enjoying it alone or reading along with an adult, there’s plenty here to keep everyone entertained.
I’m a huge fan of Gill Lewis’ books for middle grade/teen readers and this book maintains much of the same spirit, putting animals at the heart of the adventure – though this time without pesky humans getting in the way. It’s a fun and charming tale, though it did take a while to get going and I thought Scout’s behaviour at the paws of her friends was highly unjust.
The illustrations are okay, but I wouldn’t know that Scout was a German Shepherd if not for the cast list page at the beginning. My review copy only had finished illustrations up to chapter three and I have to say I liked the sketchier draft images more than the finished ones. However, they break up the text nicely and will likely keep less enthusiastic readers engaged.
Overall this is a great, easy, fun reader for kids that adults can also enjoy. Scout is a brave, well-behaved pup whose adventure I really enjoyed. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer.
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