The Missing Boston Terriers of Smith Street: A Springer Spaniel Mystery Paperback – August 8, 2011
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Within the story itself, you meet a large variety of characters, from cats that live with cat ladies (who, according to Scout, do not count!), to wharf rats, a boa constrictor and a chatty, fat possum who wants nothing more than to eat his way through the tale. Let's not forget the dogs! Ms. Lucas introduces a variety of breeds (including, naturally, Boston Terriers and Springer Spaniels) with funny little personalities. Each dog is described in both appearance and personality, making you feel as if these were your own neighbor's dogs - including the annoying yappy dogs and the dog that always roams the streets without a leash or owner. Scout is cunning and uses everything he's got in his little Spaniel body to find his two friends when they go missing.
Children (and adults!) will not get bored with overly descriptive and pointless paragraphs, but instead will look forward to "just enough detail" at "just the right time." This is perfect for children that read at the first to fourth-grade level (depending on the individual child) because it introduces vocabulary that one may not be familiar with (e.g. Claustrophobic), and gives the definition shortly afterward. It's important to have a couple of the "larger" words defined within the story so that children do not have to stop and grab a dictionary at every page turn. Perfect execution!
This book is definitely worth reading to your children (or having them read by themselves if they are old enough). Very cute! I cannot wait until I read the rest of the series to my children. They loved the idea of the snarky little squirrel that taunted Scout.
I received this book in a giveaway provided by Goodreads.com. I was not paid or obligated to submit a review and did so only based on my personal experiences with this book.
This easy-to-read is a good transitional text for early readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books. Dog lovers will be especially happy to find this book; however, the humor may be a little to subtle for many early readers.
This book was received as a first-reads giveaway on Goodreads.