Checkouts: Coming soon to the library
Typical reader: Middle-grade elementary students who like dogs
Source: Personally purchased from the Scholastic Book Fair
Synopsis: Buddy is a therapy dog at a school library. One day he hears a noise in the bookshelves and finds himself face to face with a strange monster. What is it? Where did it come from?
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars
This is actually book 5 in the series, but the story stands alone very well without prior knowledge of Buddy's adventures. It's episodic, and I like that quality in a kid's book, especially in a library with a tiny book budget. I don't have to track down the first four to make it worthwhile.
Buddy is the narrator of the story. On the one hand, this should really appeal to many kids. I know that I liked that sort of book when I was young and related better to animals than to people. But on the other hand, it's a really annoying voice. My sympathies to parents that read this to/with their young ones. Imagine Dug from the movie Up narrating an entire story. It's not pretty.
|My name is Dug. I have just met you, and I love you.|