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Pipper's Secret Ingredient Hardcover – March 30, 2012
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In this fast-paced, engaging kids book, a dog scours the world for the ingredients to the perfect biscuit, while an evil biscuit company is hot on her heels. The first book of the Snoutz Adventure series tells the story of Pipper, a puppy and food blogger seeking her next great adventure and scoop. While hanging out with her pals Sophie, a librarian; Sidney, a mail carrier and aspiring rock star; firefighter Hilda; designer inventor Archibald and personal trainer Chance the dogs help her realize that she should track down the secret ingredient for a perfect dog biscuit. Meanwhile, the leading dog biscuit manufacturer, Bogus Biscuits, has been cutting costs and producing biscuits that are making everyone sick. When Bull Bogus catches wind of Pipper s quest, he sends Bumbles Brug to tail her and determine the secret to the perfect biscuit so he can steal it and use the recipe to save his failing company. Pipper travels around the world, visiting the pyramids in Egypt for inspiration on the perfect design, trailing a vivacious dog in France who teaches her about the beauty of ginger and other ingredients, and venturing into other countries where she picks up tips from locals. Pipper s friends at home discover that she s being tailed, so they alert her and then infiltrate Bogus Biscuits in a plan to get their products off the market. Murphy and Fingerhuth do an excellent job creating tension, which keeps the reader wondering whether Bumbles will derail the investigation. The book effectively presents the world of contemporary technology: Each chapter includes a blog posting by Pipper, including comments that readers have left, and the characters use cellphones to message each other. In addition to Sharp s rich, colorful illustrations, the authors offer a glimpse of foreign cultures Pipper learns phrases from each country, she eats local dishes, sees iconic buildings and mentions major cultural attractions which amount to a great overview of countries most kids have never visited. There s also a crash course in healthy nutrition, featuring recipes for salads and other foods (including dog treats). An educational tool that s well-disguised as a compelling, fun read, excellent for kids interested in dogs, food and travel. --Kirkus Reviews
This is the perfect book for children to learn more about places all over the world, blogging and using the Internet for research, and what is truly important to an individual. I m telling you that kids will LOVE THIS BOOK! I love holding it and looking at it. It is so shiny. You definitely don t want to miss this! --Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them!
The teacher in me loved the book because of all the learning. I recommend Pipper's Secret Ingredient for ages 8 and up. The layout is perfect for reluctant readers (especially of chapter books). The exciting adventures and loyal friendships are sure to appeal to many. --Books4Learning
About the Author
Jane Murphy is author of a variety of food, parenting, and business books. As a partner in KIDVIDZ special interest videos for children, she wrote and produced a line of award-winning videos for school age children. Jane is a professionally trained chef and was previously a partner in CHOW, a company that created food-related programming for kids and families. Jane's been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Rockefeller Foundation National Video Resources. She has served on the Tufts Children and Media Advisory Board, Grolier Publishing Advisory Board, and Harvard-Radcliffe Childcare Council.
Allison Fingerhuth is a product development, marketing and licensing professional who has worked in a variety of business sectors, including educational publishing, children's television, and food/entertainment. Among her many creative and strategic accomplishments, Allison managed the creation and development of several Nickelodeon award-winning consumer product lines. Allison is real life mom of Old English Sheepdog, Lu, the inspiration for Pipper and the BowWOW Bakery.
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Authors: Jane Murphy & Allison Fingerhuth
Illustrator: Neal Sharp
Publisher: Mutt Media
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity" is from I Corinthians 13:13. Even in the canine story-telling world, charity or love is what bonds and holds us all together in Jane Murphy and Allison Fingerhuth's book, "Pipper's Secret Ingredient."
This one hundred and forty five page hardbound book has a colorful jacket cover of a painted world with a white dog looking through a magnifying glass. Both inside covers have a map of the world, showing paw-printed journey lines. There are several full-page, colorful detailed drawings along with smaller artworks by illustrator Neal Sharp spread throughout the book. Each chapter starts in a blog format with simple sidebars and has its own special icon next to its page number. Included at the end of the book are three treat recipes for dog and human consumption. There is no profanity or scary situations so this book could be for any age group and could be read in portions. The only misspellings are in the intentional text messages.
In this cute tome, canine Pipper is a stuck-in-a-rut blogger who loves to cook but cannot come up with something super innovative to discuss online. While cooking with her friends from all different walks of life, she tells them her dilemma. They also talk about Bull Bogus, a mean bull dog who owns a business that makes unhealthy dog treats only to make more profit. Pipper brightens when she decides on trying to find the special ingredient that makes the perfect treat. Her friends suggest several travel ideas and particular people to search for the distinctive component.
From Egypt and Paris, to Istanbul, New York and Peru, Pipper is sent across the globe via camel, bike, train, and plane, meeting a plethora of diversified experts as she contemplates the design, healthiness, thrill and award-winning taste, searching for that true element. With Bogus's minion spy Bumbles Brug tailing her every move to find the ingredient first to save the company, Pipper goes back home to find the real source. She and her helpful friends band together to learn that love is the only ingredient really needed for not only making great treats, but great friendships.
This is a keeper on the night stand to read out loud to young children or have them read alone, especially at bedtime. With the fun canine friendships, unique places visited, the occasional foreign words, and clever blogging, any child will learn and enjoy its story of love being the most important ingredient.
Pipper's Secret Ingredient
Jane Murphy & Allison Fingerhuth
145 Pages Ages: 8+
Meet Pipper's loyal friends and the characters she encounters as she gallops across desert dunes in a camel race, pedals her way through the streets of Paris, chases through the cars of the Orient-Express, joins rock-and-roll fans at Katz's New York deli, and climbs the Inca Trail--all with Bumbles Brug on her tail. Contemptible Bull Bogus, who is determined to find the secret ingredient first, hired the clumsy flunky Bumbles to do his dirty work.
Will Pipper succeed and keep the secret ingredient from the paws of Bumbles and Bogus? And what surprise awaits when she returns home from her travels? This Snoutz adventure is better than a T-bone on a desert island after a romp in the waves.
Pipper is a lovable canine who writes a cooking blog. Lately, she is stumped for ideas.Pipper's friends--Hilda, a firefighter who loves five-alarm chili, Sophie, a librarian whose favorite food is alphabet soup, Archibald, an inventor who loves to chase squirrels, Sydey, a mail carrier (mail canine), who loves blueberry ice cream, and Chance, a personal trainer with a penchant for cucumber sandwiches--help Pipper come up with ideas for her food blog.
Across town, Bull Bogus runs a factory churning out horrible dog biscuits full of chemicals and other nasty ingredients. He told the world, on a dog bark show, that his company would be rolling out the best biscuits ever, even though he had nothing new to sell. Bogus needs to figure out a new formula quick or he'll be a fraud.
Pipper's friends saw Bogus on TV and began talking about what makes the best biscuit. Chance said it must have vitamins and minerals, Archibald wants a cool design, Hilda wants to feel like a bad dog eating something fun and decadent, while Sidney thinks a good biscuit should be a delicious reward. Pipper took all those ideas in and decided she would write about the perfect treat, but first she needed the perfect ingredient. This starts her on a whirlwind trip to New York and Paris, to Gaza, Machu Picchu, and Egypt. She rode the Orient Express, planes, bikes and camels in search of the elusive ingredient.
Bogus Bulllearns of Pipper's quest and sends his flunky side-kick Bumbles Brug after Pipper. Bumbles is to return with the secret ingredient before Pipper, so Bogus can use it to make the new biscuits he doesn't have but claimed he did. Bumbles is always one-step behind Pipper from the pyramids to Katz Deli in New York. Will he find the best ingredient before Pipper? Will Pipper write one of her best blog posts ever? Will cats ever become part of the story (sorry, please ignore this comment).
Even though there are no cats in the story, I liked it very much. The adventure takes Pipper to many interesting places around the globe. Bumbles reminds me of Barney Fife, the bumbling side-kick for Sheriff Taylor. Kids will enjoy the race through the Orient Express, the jeep ride up and down the desert dunes, and all the other slap-stick, hilarious moments Pipper endures on her search for the secret ingredient to make the best dog biscuits canines will ever taste. I also like the ingredient Pipper found, but I can't tell you what it is.
The illustrations are fantastic. The characters are as lifelike as dog-people can look. The pictures are bright, cheery, and put extra personality into each dog. Numerous illustrations take up a whole page or even a spread. The overall quality of the book is superior to any other author-produced book I have seen all year. I think it is even better than many traditionally published books. I would even go so far as to say this is a picture book-novel for the middle grade kid who loves adventure and illustrations. A love of dogs doesn't hurt either, but as a cat lover, I can tell you we love this book and other cat people will too.
Pipper and her friends are a diverse bunch with all sorts of personalities and jobs. Pipper takes kids on a learning spree of new and diverse cultures, customs, and history. The side-story of Bogus Bulland Bumbles Brug helps move the story along, and adds wonderful chase scenes and other humor to the story. The manner in which Pipper and her varied group of friends get along, and the respect they have for each other is a great model for kids.
Pipper may be a girl, but that won't stop boys from loving this adventure as much as girls. If you have a canine in your family, this is a must read. Your dog will enjoy having their kid read this story to him chapter by chapter. With relatively short chapters and illustrations breaking up the rather simple text, reluctant readers will enjoy reading Pipper's Secret Ingredient. Several new stories have been planned, making this series a much anticipated read for several years to come.