The Blue Stealer (Jack Russell: Dog Detective Series)by Darrel Odgers, Sally Odgers, Janine Dawson
When someone steal humans' special things,Sarge is on the case. Can he find the canine criminal and help Sarge catch the human robber too?
Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerJack Russell, Dog Detective, lives with his landlord, Sarge, in Doggero. He has a nose for crime and helps Sarge with solving human mysteries while also solving those related to dogs. In this ninth episode, a new dog and his person have moved into the house on the corner. Jack Russell and his dog posse talk to Blue, an unfriendly dog, through a crack in the high fence. Blue asks about special possessions. Most of these things disappear soon after. Valuables are also missing from some of the homes in the neighborhood. Jack Russell solves the dog crimes first and then leads Sarge to the human criminal. The dogs speak in English with a lot of "dogisms" interspersed: paw-sessive for possessive; terrier-tory for a terrier's space; interr-pup-tion for an interruption from a junior dog. A glossary of these terms appears at the end of each chapter along with a set of "Jack's facts." The humor seems rather forced (not as subtle as that found in the Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erickson) and deciphering the "dogisms" sometimes detracts from the flow of the story. "Jack Russell: Dog Detective" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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