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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Stick and Fetch Investigate (Stick and Fetch Adventures) by Philip Ardagh

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List Price: £6.99


Paperback: 144 Pages.

Published: 01 March 2018 by Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406376449

EAN: 9781406376449

Sally loves nothing more than investigating a good mystery - and her shaggy canine companion Fetch loves nothing more than to be at her side when she does. There's just one small problem: they always gets the wrong end of the stick! The hapless pair remain undeterred, however, dashing from one crime scene to another on their bicycle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake ... yet always emerging blissfully unaware. A fun, madcap trio of stories featuring two loveable heroes with a LOT of hair.


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A Hapless Pair

This is a children's  detective story which is full of misunderstandings & humour. Sally & her dog, Fetch, set out to solve mysteries only to discover that they weren't really mysteries in the first place!

This is a great book for youngsters who are quite new to reading more advanced stories for themselves - around 7/8 years old. There are three individual stories in the book which breaks it down into manageable chunks. Each double page has both writing and pictures. Often the writing is broken into smaller chunks around the pictures so it doesn't seem to daunting for the early reader.

I am not entirely convinced that the age of child that this book is aimed at can appreciate the humour in the book. Much of the humour centres around Sally finding things to investigate which don't need investigating - all all children would understand that. However, there is also plenty of slapstick type humour which children do understand and love.

I think it would be lovely if this was the first in the series - one girl and her dog make great main characters!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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