Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle" by Emlyn Chand

Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle
(The Pet Shop Society Book 1)
by Emlyn Chand

Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle is the first book in Emlyn Chand's new Pet Shop Society mystery series for children ages 7 to 11. Also available: Maddie and the Purrfect Crime. Coming soon: Tyler and the Blabber-Mouth Birds.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Sammy Steal the Show.

From the multiple award-winning author of the Bird Brain series, this lower grade mystery series is great fun for kids 7-11 years old.
Evolved Publishing presents the first book in The Pet Shop Society series of mystery/detective stories centered around some young amateur sleuths and, of course, their parents' pet shop.
Mike Adams has always been a pretty average kid. He hates homework, love sports, and spends a lot of his day bugging his twin sister Maddie - because, after all, she deserves it.
But one day, everything changes. Nic Chang’s dog goes missing.
Mike, his sister and their two best friends join forces to search for the truth and, with it, the missing pet. Will Mike and Maddie find a way to put their differences aside and save the day? And just where did that dog-gone labradoodle go?
Put your thinking caps on and prepare to find the answers in the premiere installment of The Pet Shop Society, a brand new mystery series for readers aged 7-11.

Praise for the Book
"... this is such a cute story for younger kids to read or have read to them. It is a fast easy read." ~ rosiebear
"This is a great book for kids who are reading chapter books. It is simple, but interesting. Kids will relate to the characters and look forward to the next mystery." ~ Ashley Howland
"I recommend this book to the young kids around ages 7 on up if they like really neat mysteries that are not too complicated." ~ Autumn Fallen Over Book Reviews
"The fact that the book (and subsequent series) involves both boys and girls is genius. I believe this makes it perfect for both boy and girl readers alike. I feel like there is a shortage of good mystery books for young readers so this is really great to see. I recommend this book to young readers as well as school/library story time. I can’t wait for the next one!" ~ Paul
"This is an adorable chapter book adventure for elementary school aged kids. Kid sleuths are always a big hit with that crowd and this book has five of them. It promotes the idea that kids who have different strengths and interests can work together and even be friends. The Pet Shop Society promises to be an entertaining set of books." ~ MichelleLP

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Mike and his friend Tyler try to help new girl Nic find her lost Labradoodle. They are joined by Mike's twin sister Maddie and her friend Bree, who are the brains of the operation. However, everyone brings their own unique talents to the group, and together they succeed in finding Nic's dog. Buoyed by their success, they form a detective agency named The Pet Shop Society, so called because they meet at the pet store run by Mike and Maddie's mother.
The story is clever, well-paced, and told with humor. With five main characters, there are enough different personalities for your young reader to relate to at least one of them. In this first episode, Mike has a great conversational tone as the narrator. The book ends with an introduction to The Pet Shop Society's next mystery adventure, which will be told from Maddie's point-of-view.
This is a great start to a new series for children ages seven and up.
Given the gorgeous cover-art by D. Robert Pease, a few illustrations throughout the text would have been nice.

About the Author
From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published fiction across multiple genres, oversees and contributes as both an editor and an author to the Novel Publicity Guides for Writing & Marketing Fiction series, and loves the written word so much, she even married author Falcon Storm! Don’t forget that she is the founder and president of Novel Publicity too.
The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it - a lesson she has never forgotten. Maybe that’s why she loves writing her Bird Brain book series for children so much!
Emlyn’s first novel, Farsighted, won the prestigious Writer’s Digest Self-Published Novel of the Year award in 2012 for the YA category. She now writes most of her fiction under her real name, Melissa Storm.