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Curse of the Scarab (Big Honey Dog Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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One fine day, Honey the Great Dane's life is turned upside down by the disappearance of local puppies. It seems they are being puppynapped! Honey must solve the crime and find the missing puppies before it's too late. But do not fret, for she has a pack of friends to help her. There's Biscuit the Beagle with the bulging belly and best nose in town; Suka the Siberian Husky with her tall tails [sic] of mad scientist vets; little Tyson the Terrier with the big personality and sharp teeth; and lastly, Ruffster the cockney mutt. Together they must dig holes, scare cats, learn about Egyptian mythology and find the missing puppies.
The Curse of the Scarab is a charming story. It's well written, humorous and touching. Lots of dog jokes and adventure. In my opinion, the book is most suitable for the younger end of the middle grade scale, but I reckon dog fans of any age would love it. I'm thirty seven, very much enjoyed it and fell floppy ears-over-tail in love with Honey (who is based on the author's actual and very beautiful Great Dane). There are some sad parts to the story, and I will admit to a small wobble of the bottom lip and the immediate consumption of chocolate. The sad stuff is handled very well, though, and I'm very much looking forward to more stories in this series. In fact, I'm just off the read the Christmas story Message in a Bauble...
I was provided with a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. This did not change my opinion in any way.
Author: H Y Hanna
Title: Curse of the Scarab
The children (and the teachers) loved the cover. They loved the silhouette of the dog, the fonts and the dark feel of the cover. They thought it was very genre-appropriate.
The children (9-12 year olds) very much enjoyed this book. They thought the plot (puppynapping) was exciting and they thought there were lots of funny bits too. One young reader put in her feedback, ‘This is such a sweet story. It’s sad too but that’s ok. I love dogs and any story with a dog in it must be good. And this is.’
They also thought you put together interesting characters for them to care about and fall in love with.
Many of the young readers commented on the Egyptian theme. They liked this very much and one class even looked at Egypt for a whole week after reading your book.
Finally, they liked the hero of the book, Honey. They thought he had the sort of character they could get behind and urge to solve the mystery. One reader (teacher) put in his feedback, ‘This book is perfect for dog lovers. Not only is it very exciting and funny, but there are dogs everywhere.’
The readers felt this book was very well edited and they did not spot any punctuation, spelling or grammatical errors. A few of the young readers (9 year olds) thought it was a bit too long for them and got a little slow in the middle.
The children (and teachers) liked the way you balanced mystery with humour. They felt it was a very light-hearted read and was all the better for it.Read more ›
It's intelligent, well-written, the characters are interesting, and the storyline is compelling. One can see that it would be both entertaining and educational for a child (its main audience) but yet as an adult I found it tricky to put down (I bought it to give to my niece, but accidentally got hooked!).
Strongly recommended as holiday reading or a Christmas gift.
I must say again, an amazing book and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I don't know how books are SOOOOOOOOOO good but these books are too good and there definitely of the scale for awesomeness! Read more
Really really good! One of the best book I have ever read. Can be gory in parts and sometimes sad, but is a really good book. Mabel age 9Published on 25 Feb. 2014 by Mrs M Carrington
Well written and a "jolly good read" fun for adults and engrossing for the younger reader, we are waiting for the next "Big Honey Dog Mystery"Published on 16 Jan. 2014 by Bridget
Ok I know this was for kids but I am a big kid that has Danes and I loved this book from cover to cover and it highlighted the misdeeds of others. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Dollyz
Will recommend to my animal loving friends and my grand-daughter, whose 8 and likes stories like this. Look forward to the next one.!Published on 7 Nov. 2013 by mrs M Gardiner
I have been looking forward to reading this and was not disappointed when the book arrived. It had me smiling by the time I hit page 2. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by madeleine
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