Saturday, November 7, 2015

Review: Mike and the Dog-gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand

The Pet Shop Society: Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle (Mystery/Detective Story for Kids 7-11) 
The Pet Shop Society: Mike and the Dog-gone Labradoodle (1)

by Emlyn Chand  

Genre: Children/Youth
Pages: 43
Published: Sept 2015
Publisher: Evolved Publishing 

Official Summary:  "New from the multiple award-winning author of the Bird Brain Books series, is a lower grade mystery series for kids 7-11 years old. Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand 

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 premier installment of The Pet Shop Society, a brand new mystery series for readers aged 7-11."

Review:  A very short chapter book for young readers.

Mike is a sixth grade boy who has a crush on Nic (Nicole) but as far as he knows, she doesn't realize he exists. When she barges into his family's pet shop his luck is about to change. Nic's dog is missing and she needs help finding her beloved pooch. So Mike, his sister and their respective best friends team up to solve the mystery.

A light-hearted story but some great, real life moral and reasoning skill lessons.
It is well thought out and balanced to enjoy and learn from. It is also just the first story for the series. A good beginning. My biggest qualm was it was just too short. Its good for the 7-8 year old, but the concept better fits the 9-10 year old but it is a bit too short and simplistic for the age group overall. Still, it is an enjoyable, quick read. A read in one session type of book.

*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair/honest review.*


  1. I've always wanted to enter back into the world of middle school-ish reads!

  2. Detectives plus adorable animals - this sounds exactly like the type of book I would have loved when I was in that age group!


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