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Author: Barbara Sleep

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Publisher: Pagefree Publishing, Inc.

Material: paperback

Summary: Purrlock Holmes and Watson, a cat and a basset Hound, pair up to solve a mystery. This is a mystery for transitional and upper elementary readers.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, transitional reader, read aloud book, short chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ Also read with a 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: I found this book to be my an all-time favorite of the books I have read so far. This was one of the cutest books ever! I am older than the target audience and I loved it. I would recommend this book for anyone who is in elementary school. I would give it two thumbs up!

Preschooler reaction: S/He liked listening to the chapters and kept asking to see the pages. We know s/he was looking for illustrations, but even after there weren't any, we were asked to keep reading.

Adult Reader Reaction: Given the age of the child, we read this in short chapter "bursts." It was an enjoyable read for all of us.

Pros: The story moves quickly and the chapters are well parsed, so that if you only have time for one or two, it's easy to put the book down and come back.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is for elementary students, but if you are a little older and want to read for fun, this is a good book to try. Like many mysteries, it can only take a few, periodic readings.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Fortune Teller's Club: Playing with Fire FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB 2: PLAYING WITH FIRE   TRUDY AND THE CAPTAIN'S CAT   CUT DOWN TO SIZE AT HIGH NOON; A Math Adventure

Educational Themes: This story has a nice reminder for kids: don't judge people or situations until you know the facts.

Notes: The Reading Tub™ and Teen STAR Review Team read a review copy.

Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, animal fantasy, adventure, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2004, May 2005

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