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The Case of the Purple Diamonds (Barkley, Secret Service Dog 1) Paperback – May 23, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: TAG Publishing LLC (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934606073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934606070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 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: #5,533,084 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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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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Barkley is an adorable, no-nonsense Basset Hound whose owner is Agent Knox. Barkley secretly helps his owner protect the White House from intruders. He has some great gadgets kept in his collar that provides him with whatever he needs to help him solve a case--and to help prevent fleas. He even has a computer tucked smartly inside of his collar. It is very high-tec.

As Barkley makes his rounds surveying the White House grounds, he spots a possible intruder hiding in some bushes. As he sniffs closer, he learns the man's name is Smedley Von Smellerhausen, who is pretending to have a press pass from the country of Pajoon. Something was definitely amiss as he overheard Smedley talk about purple diamonds from Pajoon being hidden in the White House. Barkley Secret Service Dog was on the case.

Still early in the case Barkley meets Gabby, Tessa's (the head housekeepers) granddaughter, who now lives in the White House. Not wanting to associate with her, and tired of her childish banter, he reveals to her that he can speak and that he is after Smedley. Gabby and Barkley become fast friends and agree to join forces to help stop Smedley from getting the purple diamonds that were hidden somewhere in the White House.

Between interesting disguises, and awesome gadgets, will Barkley and Gabby stop Smedley from finding the diamonds before he can use them for his evil plan?

This was a delightfully funny 88-page chapter book that children from the ages of 9-12 will enjoy. The text is simple and interesting enough for younger children to begin reading as well, though they will run across some challenging words here and there. Older children will love the adventure and the interesting facts provided in the text.
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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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The Case of the Purple Diamonds is the first in the series and it introduces the reader to Barkley. The story is told from his point of view and it's pretty funny to hear Barkley's take on things (including saying "Ruff, ruff" as part of his "dumb dog" persona when he's throwing people off his trail!). Barkley's Gizmo Gear Collar is so handy and inventive, and it helps him keep the White House safe. His relationship with Josette, the chef's cat, and the people in the White House is so amusing, and the different levels of awareness of Barkley's tech savvy and protective role make for some funny situations and revelations. The mystery man Smedley Von Smellerhausen is everything I'd want in a bad guy, with all of the cartoontastic villainy of the baddies from familiar children's mystery tales!

As a teacher, I think that this book has a lot of high interest in its plot line. It also balanced some very clever language with some very straightforward storytelling. More advanced readers will pick up on every funny detail, as will any adult who is reading this with a reader of any level. For those with lower reading levels, this makes an excellent read aloud or oral reading, but is definitely also accessible and fun for independent reading, too. With rereads, the story will become richer and funnier as familiarity with story, characters and Barkley's narration builds. The journal style pictures, headings and special texts will also be great visuals for all readers to enjoy.
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