‘The Detective Dog’ by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie
‘When a crime needs solving, there’s only one dog for the job!’
From the author of ‘The Gruffalo’ (Julia Donaldson, alongside Sara Ogilvie), ‘The Detective Dog’ is a fantastic read jam-packed full of features to explore with lower Key Stage Two: repetition, rhyme, power of three, rhetorical questions (of course it’s always her!), onomatopoeia and alliteration. The book also boasts ambitious vocabulary in the form of: astonishing, tugged and thrashed – great to extend the pupils’ knowledge.
Pupils’ knowledge can also be extended through the use of ambitious punctuation, such as: ellipsis, brackets, colons and dashes.
Nell the Detective Dog loves books and listens to children read in school every Monday. However, things take a turn for the worst when ALL of the books go missing – don’t fear…Nell is here!
Nell uses her fantastic smell to trace the scent to book ‘thief’ Ted, who only wanted to borrow the books and was going to return them anyway!
As they retrace their footsteps back to the school and the book becomes reminiscent of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, Nell takes Ted to a library! He has never visited such a place before! He goes on to use the wonderful facility regularly and never needs to steal (or borrow!) a book again! In Nell’s honour a book is written: ‘The story of daring Detective Dog Nell’, which she listens to intently as she continues to volunteer at the local school every Monday.
The fantastic illustrations throughout help make this a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish.
Written by Michelle Holdsworth