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Woof (Bowser and Birdie) by Spencer Quinn

Woof (Bowser and Birdie) (2015)

by Spencer Quinn

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A dog named Bowser is the dog of a little girl named Birdie. When walking into the grandma's store they notice a its been burglarized. Bowser finds a clue. The dog and girl set out to find the thief and bring back the stolen item. The characters become very confusing. I would suggest this book for an older group of children age 10-12 because of the confusion and trying to keep up with the characters. ( )
  dsw021 | Apr 18, 2017 |
As a school librarian, I tried to "think like a kid" while reading this. I now see why half of the students finish it and love it, and half of them return it unfinished, telling me that they were totally confused while reading this book. Taking on the point of view of the dog, and not being able to track with the characters in this book causes it to only receive 3 stars. Even as an adult, I had to backtrack a few times to figure out which character was speaking. On the other hand this book is great for teaching a character point of view lesson in the library.
Curricular connection: This is an Indian Paintbrush nominee for the State of Wyoming 2016-2017. Students must read 3 of 10 books in order to vote for a winner. I would recommend that dog-lovers read this book, and kids that can read books easily with varying points of view. ( )
  rjrubylou | Jan 16, 2017 |
Told from the viewpoint of the dog, Bowser. This book, suggested for children aged 8-12, is an aged-down version of the popular Chet and Bernie mysteries by the same author. It is supposed to be appropriate for both children and adults.
  librisissimo | Jan 5, 2017 |
Here is a “cliff hanger” of a mystery that has the added bonus of being on the 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet list! This mystery, with a splash of humor, is likely to have a forthcoming sequel.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Oct 5, 2016 |
Birdie is an eleven-year-old girl, living with her grandmother. She adopts Bowser, or maybe it’s really the other way around. They become inseparable, and Bowser would lay down his life to keep Birdie safe. But a break-in at her grandmother’s bait shop and the theft of a prized stuffed marlin sets Birdie and Bowser off on the quest to find the thief. The charm of this wonderful story lies in the fact that it is narrated by Bowser. Though brilliant for a dog, much humor results from his interpretation of human speech, which is not always accurate. Though aimed at kids, this story is so delightful it will appeal to all ages. ( )
  Maydacat | Nov 26, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545643317, Hardcover)

"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages -- suspense and dog -- fluently." -- Stephen King

There is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp -- Bowser can smell it. Bowser is a very handsome and only slightly slobbery dog, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! And the sweat on humans when they're lying.

Birdie Gaux, the girl Bowser lives with, also knows something is wrong. It's not just that her grammy's stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It's the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It's the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck.

When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser's powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic 'em.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:20 -0400)

Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.… (more)

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