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Power Pups [Illustrated] [Paperback]

David de la Harpe
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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13 Sep 2010
When seven-year-old Minah Russell visits London's Natural History Museum she finds herself in the middle of more than just old bones. She witnesses a daring attempted theft which is suddenly and spectacularly thwarted by a duo of masked, super canine crime-fighters. Along with the rest of the world, Minah is desperate to know the true identities of the valiant twosome who saved the priceless artefacts. When she returns to her school in the quiet village of Amblesham, Minah quickly befriends two new pupils, Wolfgang and Helmut. Even though Minah is a bright, friendly and popular girl, she still has to deal with some dastardly bullies in the playground in the form of the horrible Perry Thatcher and his equally nasty gang. Soon after her trip to London, Minah suffers a mean-spirited attack from Perry. But just as she begins to get really frightened, Wolfgang and Helmut leap to her rescue, giving Thatcher a taste of his own medicine. Their bravery gets clever Minah thinking: could there be a connection between Wolfgang and Helmut and the courageous heroes from the museum? Perfect for all primary school age children, especially those aged 7 to 10, Power Pups is an inspired and energetic debut novel from David de la Harpe. With a passion for story-telling and encouraging children to develop their reading skills, he delivers an entertaining read that evokes fond memories of our favourite children's fiction. Power Pups also showcases the unique illustrations of Spanish-born Reading University Fine Art student Esther Arzola, who captures the exuberant essence of the story, bringing these audacious dogs to life. The delightful canine and human characters are set to win over legions of fans, young and old, with their escapades. Children engage with the colourful vim and vigour of the book, and parents and teachers are embracing the timeless messages of friendship, fair-play and standing up for what you believe in. This fabulous first novel is just the beginning of some serious mutt mayhem!

Product details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Power Pups Publishing; First edition (13 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095660160X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956601605
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,236,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David de la Harpe was born in 1964 in London. He developed an early love for both the arts and sciences and started writing stories at the age of five.

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I especially like the way you have used well known sayings and adapted them. I can't wait until my friends buy the book and we can talk about it and play Power Pups in the playground! --Ollie - Age 8, Wokingham

Your book is amazing. It had comedy, adventure, bad guys, and good guys. All the good books that I have read are fast paced and they make you want to read more. Power Pups was one of the best stories I have ever read, incredibly fast paced and as soon as I had finished the first book I was desperate to start the second one. At school we do a star rating for the books we read and I would give Power Pups 5 stars! I loved it. --Tom - Age 9, London

Thank you for the Power Pups book. I have read it and think it is great. --Abby - Age 8, Reading

About the Author

David de la Harpe lives in Reading, Berkshire with his wife and three children. Even at the tender age of seven he knew he was destined for greatness after being chosen to play one of the shepherds in a Nativity play. His achievements include attending a fancy dress party dressed as a sheep, and scoring 100% in his Grade 5 Music Theory examination. In January 2009, after more than thirty years of writing stories for his own amusement, David made up a series of bedtime stories for his youngest daughter - and Power Pups was born.

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5.0 out of 5 stars not just because .... 6 Jan 2011
OK- there is a distant family connection with the author ...but this is a good book for kids aged between 5 and 10 years old. The language is clear, and the book itself well produced- good for reading aloud to younger children or for older ones to read themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Kids of All Ages! 21 Nov 2010
I first heard about this book by word of mouth through a friend who recommended it to me and how right they were. POWER PUPS are simply BRILLIANT! As we're all just kids at heart, it's refreshing to read something that is quite specifically penned 'For Kids of All Ages'. This book appeals both to children and adults alike. Whilst primarily written for and directed towards junior readers, grown-ups will find it impossible to avoid the fun, good humour and sheer magic that begs the reader to turn to the next page as soon as possible. It's impossible not to be drawn in and gripped by the story and characters. As every child should own this fun and enjoyable book & preferably have it read to them by a story-telling grown-up, it will make a great gift for any kid of every age. As Christmas approaches, I can't think of a better gift for any child than to have this story read to them during the festive season. It's a treat! PUPS POWER!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it ! 3 Nov 2010
By John m
My litlle girl, who's just nine, liked this lots.
Plenty of laughs ! Went on the website too,
looking for a date for part two !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power Pups 29 Oct 2010
By Lisa10
"It's really good book" said my 8 year old son. He enjoyed the mystery characters and the adventure they happened.
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