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PUP AND HOUND SCARE A GHOST (Kids Can Read series)

Author: Susan Hood

Illustrator: Linda Hendry

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Publisher: Kids Can Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Something is scaring the chickens, what could it be? Pup and Hound give chase to a “ghost” all across the farm. Finally, the brave hound catches the “ghost," teaching pup how to be a Watchdog Pup. This is an easy reader mystery for new readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.5

Age of Child: Read by a 6-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book, but my son chose to read it twice (once on his own and once for me). He liked it, especially the part where the sheet illustrations really make it look like a ghost.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought it was cute, but I thought the story started a little abruptly. I think the reading level is a little more difficult than the cover indicates. This is marked as “start to read” but my 6 year old have trouble with some of the words and he’s very advanced for his age.

Pros: This is a good book for children ready to tackle a little bit longer, illustrated stories.

Cons: I don’t feel the reading level is entirely appropriate as stated on the cover.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a cute book, good for children who are ready to move up from primarily illustrated books.

If You Liked This Book, Try: DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE (I Can Read! Series, Level 1)   FRANKLIN THE DETECTIVE (Kids Can Read Series, Level 2)   BONES AND THE ROLLER COASTER MYSTERY #7 (Easy to Read Series)

Educational Themes: This is a story for developing readers to practice their skills and expand their sight vocabulary.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, mystery, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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