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. Volume XIII Number 11 . . . .January 19, 2007
In Pup and Hound Catch a Thief, two canine friends set out to solve some mysterious thefts at their farmyard home. The story begins with a (literal) bang, and the hunt for the thief is sure to keep both young and independent readers engaged. Naturally, Pup and Hound automatically blame Cat for the thefts, but a surprise ending brings a humorous resolution to the case as well as a newfound friendship.
The book is written in gentle rhyme, and no more than four lines of text appear on a single page. While this technique is helpful to new independent readers, it is also great for parents who would like to engage in interactive read-alouds with their children. The small amount of text on each page allows lots of room for big, clear illustrations that nicely accommodate young, pointing fingers. Also, the placement of the text differs from page to page, and so some of the predictability of the leveled book is eliminated.
The colour scheme is consistently warm and cozy, and several of the illustrations are double-paged spreads. When the mystery is finally revealed, the pictures work in tandem with the text, clearly illustrating the surprise resolution for young readers.
Shannon Ozirny is a student in the Master of Arts in Children's Literature Program at the University of British Columbia.
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