From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–Children familiar with Jill and Gwen from the Something Queer series by Elizabeth Levy will love the author's beginning chapter mystery (Aladdin, pap. 2002), illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein, featuring Fletcher, Jill's basset hound, who tells the story. Fletcher is unique—the markings on his fur resemble a map of the world, and his best friend is a flea named Jasper. Jill and Gwen adopt Fletcher from the pound. The girls decide to bring Fletcher to school on show and tell day because of his markings. When the class pet rabbit goes missing, Fletcher is blamed. The brave dog leads the girls to the real rabbit-napper. A brief interlude of opening music sets the stage, preparing listeners for a mystery. Actor William Dufris does a marvelous job of infusing life into Fletcher with his intonation and pitch-perfect voice, and creates individual voices for each male character. Female characters are given unique voices by actress Christine Marshall, who jumps in without missing a beat. A perfect package.–Stephanie Bange, Wilmington-Stroop Branch, Dayton Metro Library, OH
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Gr. 2-5. Fletcher, the sleepy-eyed basset hound from Levy's Something Queer series, becomes lead protagonist and detective in this new Ready-for-Chapters book. When eight-year-old Jill adopts Fletcher the stray dog, he and his best flea friend, Jasper, are happy to get a home. Things are looking up until Jill takes Fletcher, with his unique markings, to show-and-tell. Fletcher is initially a hit; but when the class rabbit mysteriously disappears, he's targeted as a potential bunny-eater. However, Fletcher reveals that slow-moving doesn't mean slow-witted, and with Jasper's aid, Fletcher finds and reveals the real culprit. Well paced for a beginning chapter book, this features familiar classroom personalities and activities, as well as plenty of goofy humor, from Jasper's tongue twisters to Fletcher's first-person, descriptive narrative, which includes amusing commentary on human and animal behavior. Readers will enjoy the unlikely but likable dog detective, who discovers the joys of family, has a nose for sleuthing, and enjoys an occasional salami treat. A solid addition to the Ready-for-Chapters series. Illustrations not available for review. Shelle RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved