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The Case of the Purple Diamonds (Barkley, Secret Service Dog 1) Paperback


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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: TAG Publishing LLC (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934606073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934606070
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,463,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H.K. Gilbert-Creator of Barkley, Secret Service Dog, has always dreamed of writing children's books. This children's book was inspired by her beautiful daughter. Watching her face filled with excitement as they read bedtime stories together inspired her to not only write books for children but to share the importance of parent and child interaction. Gilbert believes that when parents take an extra five to ten minutes a day to sit down with their child and read to them will not only teach them valuable skills but create a strong bond between parent and child. Gilbert had the amazing opportunity to also volunteer and work with organizations such as Project R.E.A.D. which is a program that tutors adults who have never had the opportunity to learn to read. Volunteers attend workshops that teach them to help adult non-readers learn the basic skills they need to function in day-to-day activities. It's a very rewarding program and is supported by numerous volunteers. Gilbert has also been involved in her community through organizations such as youth basketball, The Hillman House which is a foundation that not only helps children with Cystic Fibrosis but also houses their families during treatments, and helping raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. Within all these experiences, the common thread is that Gilbert is involved with activities that always give back! It's her hope that she will inspire someone to be a volunteer in their community and for a parent to spend quality time by reading to their child. Gilbert believes that there is nothing more precious than our children, for they are the future of our world! www.hkgilbert.com

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The story is engaging, well-written, and funny.
Jennifer Bright Reich
This book is listed as a 9-12 year old reading level, I think it is more suited for 7-9 year olds.
Amber
Children will eagerly await the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bright Reich on July 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Barkley Secret Service Dog: The Case of the Purple Diamonds is an absolutely delightful book! The story is engaging, well-written, and funny. The illustrations are perfect--so complementing the book, light-hearted, and fun. I enjoyed the book's many clever touches, such as including an icon along with the chapter title at the top of each page.

My sons, ages six and four, loved the book too. Kids being read to and kids reading chapter books by themselves all will love this book! It's funny, smart, and quick-moving. I highly recommend Barkley Secret Service Dog: The Case of the Purple Diamonds, and I look forward to reading more books in the Barkley Secret Service Dog series!

--Jennifer Bright Reich, coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth: More than 900 tips that 60 doctors who are also mothers use during their own pregnancies and births (The Mommy MD Guides)
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Everyone loves a good mystery and you will find it in THE CASE OF THE PURPLE DIAMONDS. It is a page-turner. In the opening pages you will meet Barkley, the Secret Service Dog, who works with Agent Knox in the White House. A suspicious character Smedley Von Shellerhausen is sneaking around acting like he's going to the Press Room when really he's trying to steal the Purple Diamonds. Barkley and his assistant, Gabby, are on the case.

Reader will love the quick chapters and the endless action in this adventure. They will reach the final page and be ready for the next book. I highly recommend this book to seven to ten year old readers.
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The first book in this new series is fun and fast-paced. Follow the quirky canine Secret Service Dog as he solves the case.

What I liked: There is a good interplay between writing and illustration that makes this chapter book an easy and engaging read for kiddos. Advanced readers of ages 7 & 8 might also enjoy Barkley; it certainly is a book that will encourage early reading because of its simplicity, colorful characters (both in word and illustration) and mystery to be solved.

What I didn't like: This first book was a little long to be so light on character development, but it does a good job building suspense and that will definitely hold interest.

My 8 yr old son's reaction: Loved the dog, hated the girl. He wants more stories with dogs and boys...so he can, presumably, relate.

Overall, Barkley Secret Service Dog: The Case of the Purple Diamonds has an old school Saturday morning cartoon feel to it much like Scooby Doo or Hong Kong Phooey and that makes it very unique and will draw parents to the book as well.

I look forward to reading more about Barkley and the cases he must solve! - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
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"Plenty of adventure will keep students glued to the pages, encouraging reading and literacy. Teachers can get lesson plans from the website to use in conjunction with the book, and there are coloring pages available on the site for parents to download for their kids, who will most certainly fall in love with these fabulous characters created by H.K. Gilbert and Misty Taggert and brought to life by the illustrations of Tim Davis." Full review on IGotMomPower.
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Barkley, Secret Service Dog: The Case of the Purple Diamonds is the first title in a series of books that follow the adventures of Barkley, a very special secret service dog. He spends his days protecting the White House and engaging in adventures with various staff personnel at the White House. This looks like it is going to be a very entertaining series that kids in the 7 - 11 age group will enjoy! This first story in the Barkley series takes the reader through a fun journey of adventures and misadventures following Barkley on a typical day! They are written in a fun and upbeat manner that should appeal to children in this age group. You will enjoy reading this book!
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By Amber on August 11, 2011
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I was given Barkley-Secret Service Dog: The Case of the Purple Diamonds by Creator - HK Gilbert and Co-creator Misty Taggart to review. As soon as I opened the package my 8-year-old daughter immediately grabbed the book and wanted to read it. The cover is bright and catches your eye right away. The graphics throughout the book are bright and keep your attention.
After she read the book she said "it was good". When I asked her favorite part her only reply was, "I liked it all, but it was funny when she fell on her butt." She is a slow reader, but was able to get through a third of it in one evening and by the following evening was done with the entire thing. I think the spacing makes it a little easier to read quicker to get through.
I then asked my 10 year old son to read it. He had been reading Harry Potter all summer, so I figured this would be much easier for him to get through. He got through the first 30 pages in less than half an hour. He was done with the book in one evening. He said that it was a little slow for him, but it was still good. He was used to a little more action and faster paced book since we had been pushing him to read higher leveled reading books all summer long.
This book is listed as a 9-12 year old reading level, I think it is more suited for 7-9 year olds. My daughter really enjoyed it, and my son, not so much. That could possibly be due to the fact that he's a boy and boys are well, boyish. What do I know though, it's been a long time since I was in the 9-12 year old range, and have never been a boy to know how they think.
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