We were sent more books to review last week and our favourite of the bunch is this one, Dog Diaries, by Steven Butler and James Patterson.
The boys are already big fans of Steven Butler through his Dennis the Menace diaries series and other great books, but when I saw James Patterson as co-author I had to check it out – yes it is the James Patterson, familiar to many adults for books and films such as ‘Kiss the girls’ and ‘Along came a spider’.
It turns out he is passionate about getting kids reading, especially reluctant readers as his own son had been, and this collaboration with Steven Butler has certainly produced a book which does that job beautifully.
Dog Diaries had our boys hooked from the first page with its cheeky humour.
Life from the perspective of a dog, where the human is
regarded as his pet, is a lovely twist on the boy and his dog story. The text is easy to read, well-spaced, with short chapters and plenty of great illustrations by Richard Watson.
The illustrations in particular had the kids howling with laughter as they read the labels for each room in the house, including ‘the rainy day pee spot’ (a large houseplant) and ‘emergency water bowl’ (the toilet).
Six year old Toby asked to write this about the book “It is really really really really very very good”. Sums it up pretty well.