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The Case of the Purple Diamonds (Barkley, Secret Service Dog 1) Paperback – May 23, 2011
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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)
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone loves a good mystery and you will find it in THE CASE OF THE PURPLE DIAMONDS. It is a page-turner. Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by W. Terry Whalin
"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,... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Shadra B
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. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Debbie
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... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Michelle Vecchio
One of the hardest things to do as a parent of an 8-12 year old is to make your child like reading. Some kids love it, some kids completely rebel against it. Creator H.K. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by Lisa W.
I read this book to my girls. They really liked it! They got all into the cases that Barkley was trying to solve. It is a fun and cute series! Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Jennifer Clay
My soon to be 9 year old son was excited about reading this book. He loved the idea of a crime fighting hero that was a dog. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Danetta
Barkley Secret Service Dog: The Case of the Purple Diamonds, it's a wonderful book for kids! This book is about Barkley, Secret Service Dog in the White House. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Tattletails