Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Diamond Chase written by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Diamond Chase

Famous robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped their life of crime for a career in making cupcakes.  However, adventure and crime is never far behind when they are asked to bake for a seriously posh party – a special birthday party at Woofington Hall.  Lady Kate certainly deserves a cake as beuatiful as she is but soon they find themselves caught up in the middle of a robbery.  Somebody has taken Lady Kate’s diamond, sparkling tiara.  She suddenly bursts into the room exclaiming, “A thief!  At my party!  My diamond tiara has gone.  I’ve been ROBBED!”  Silence falls over the room and Sam and Shifty crime skills are put to the test!  Who has stolen Lady Kate’s tiara?  Can the doggy duo catch the culprit? Is there a thieving penguin on the loose? Will Shifty and Sam catch the thief and get the missing tiara back to its rightful owner?


This is a great picture book with comic rhymes and fantastic illustrations. Can you spot the spider on each page of the book?  Young children will enjoy being a spider spotter!

Watch the exclusive book trailer for Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Diamond Chase, published by Nosy Crow to launch the book! 

Suggested activities:

  • Get the children to predict who they think has stolen the tiara after they have read the page when the doggy duo realise that the ‘Woofpoleon’ statue has gone missing. Who could have stolen the tiara? Look at some of the different characters. Are there any dodgy characters at the party? Hot seat some of the characters.  What were they doing when Lady Kate’s tiara went missing?  Who is acting suspiciously? Children could produce a ‘WANTED’ style poster about missing diamond tiara – include a reward!


  • Once you have read the whole book to your class the children could do the following:

Write a diary entry written through the eyes of one of the main characters e.g. Lady Kate, Shifty McGifty or Slippery Sam.

Write a newspaper article about the robbery and what happened. ‘Detective Dogs Discover Missing Diamond!’ could be a suitable headline.  Include quotes so specific characters in the book will have to be interviewed.

Write a letter from Lady Kate to Shifty and Sam thanking them for solving the crime and getting her tiara back.

An apology letter could be written from Sidney to Lady Kate.

Wanted Poster similar to the one below but for Sidney, the penguin! Include a description of him!


Write a ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’ narrative poem about the robbery – rhyming   couplets.

There are other books in this series – definitely worth a read!


Bree House 

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