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Posted March 25, 2012
It seems B&N should ensure delivery. Of the 4 books I ordered, only 1 has shown up. Prior to this, I would have said B&N was one of the better websites for book purchases. No longer.
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Posted August 22, 2011
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Library Monster by Dori Hillestad Butler
One of Buddy's jobs as a therapy dog is to read books with the kids in the school library. One day he hears a noise in the bookshelves. He tries to get closer and comes face to face wtih a creature that has a blue tongue! What is it? And how did it get in the school?
This is the 5th book in The Buddy Files series. I have not read the other books, yet. I checked this one out because it's a library mystery.
What I liked about this book: I like the way the book is told from Buddy's point of view, but he's not a talking dog. He doesn't speak human. Being a big mystery fan, I like that Buddy is "on the case" trying to solve a mystery. Readers get to share Buddy's thought process as he tries to solve the mystery. It is very similar to KWL (what we Know, what we Want to know, and what we Learned). Buddy is a very likable character. Young readers will take to him instantly. This is a great series for students who like mysteries, dogs and enjoy stories in a school setting.
What I didn't like about the book: I loved the whole book, but I could feel Buddy's frustration as he tried to communicate with the adults. It was very frustrating that they kept ignoring his attempts to tell them something. I think the author meant for the reader to feel that frustration.
I really enjoyed this book and have already requested from the public library the other four books in the series. I have also added it to my wish list for the Endeavour library.
Recommended for 1st grade and 2nd grades as a classroom read a-loud, and for independent reading for 3rd grade and up.
AR Level: 3.1
Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!