Buddy is excited about his job as a therapy dog at school. When the fire alarm goes off on the first day of school, some of the students are convinced it is the ghost of Agatha Curry. Buddy is skeptical, but his superior detective skills tell him something is going on. That's not enough, Buddy needs clues. As if that's not enough, in the middle of the case, a young student goes missing! Buddy has the boy's scent but he's stuck in Mom's office. Two cases and no way to solve them. Now what?
Realistic situations, lots of action, and great visual descriptions make this fun to read aloud to a group or for transitional readers ready to read by themselves.
It took a few pages to get my daughter started with this book, but then she devoured it in a night. She immediately asked if we had any of the other titles featured on the back cover.
I was surprised that I had to coax my dog-crazed daughter into this one. It was great to see she "came around," though. This is fun, wholesome series with just the right amount of suspense for elementary readers. I'm looking forward to the next one, too.
This is a lightly illustrated detective story for transitional readers.
There are a variety of themes in this one. Not long into the story the author plays out a bullying/gang scenario. This would make a great way to step away from the book and talk about those issues. Mrs. Angus is a staff member at school opposed to Buddy. She makes a great character for having to look at an issue from both sides. Although the author doesn't provide information, the story introduces the idea of therapy dogs, which can be explored via other media. There are also other themes, such as intimidation and threats.
9 and Up
7 to 10
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Borrow, at least. This is an enjoyable series and offers the kind of "comfort story" elementary readers need to have. If they don't have a therapy dog, reading along with Buddy may be just the thing they need.