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Sugar & Clive and the Bank Robbery (Dogwood Island Middle Grade Animal Adventure Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Sugar is a dog whose dear owner Marion (or human - as she calls her) understands how much she loathes to be cooped up anywhere. Therefore, our hero is allowed to roam happily around Dogwood Island.
As you can see in the author's description of the book, the story is about how Sugar and her best friend Clive, who is a barn swallow, team up like modern day Sherlock and Holmes. Of course, with the help of other animals, they get closer and closer to finding out who robbed the town's bank.
The premise of this book had the potential to develop into a timeless classic. Unfortunately, the first chapter creates confusion as to who are those first animal characters we meet and how they fit into the story. We don't hear from them until very much later in the story! Why, then, choose to wait to bring them back only when we've practically forgotten their existence?!
Because of this unfortunate choice, the next few chapters are confusing to the reader. I had to go back more than once to remember who was who, and it was not always clear who was speaking. This problem could have easily been solved by putting the names of all the characters in an index.
In all fairness, though, the book finds its stride and we are able to enjoy what is happening and how Sugar and the other assorted animals will solve the case. I wish the adults had been a little more developed as characters, that we would have seen a deep relationship between pets and owners
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
Note: Tony Etienne is a professional illustrator and visual effects artist. You may learn more about his career at the Internet Movie Database (iMDb) or on his website, Plongitudes.
Sugar is a dog and Clive is a bird. Together they are a fearless crime solving duo.
The bank on Dogwood island, where Sugar and Clive live, have been robbed. The police accuse the bank manager, but Sugar and Clive know that he couldn't have done it and they search for the real criminal. The story is told through the eyes of Sugar, Clive, and other animals. This point of view is refreshing and original and turns this book to be a fun read.
I feel that the simple cover isn't doing right for this fine book.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review
I would enjoy reading it to my kids but didn't have time for a book this long for a read aloud.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.