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Woof (2015)

by Spencer Quinn

Series: Bowser and Birdie (1)

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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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children's fiction (like chet and bernie, but with an 11 year old girl instead of a Bernie). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Eleven year old Birdie lives with her grandmother in the bayou. As this story opens, she is given a rescue dog as a birthday present, a canine that will become her partner in solving a mystery.

The author does a good job with the genre, but this one was just a tad too cutsie for my tastes. ( )
  fuzzi | Feb 8, 2020 |
Birdie is about to make the best friend she will ever have in s scraggly giant of a dog she names Bowser. She is spending time with her grandmother in the Louisanna swamp where mystery is just around the corner. You see there is this big fish story about a treasure hidden somewhere, and only the map knows. But this map is hidden in this stuffed fish. This is a classic set up for most kids mysteries. The entire adventure is shown through the eyes of Bowser, but beware as he is easily distracted by bacon. A lovely romp for reading or listening, and I await time to delve into story 2.
#LittenLoveBingo #PetsofLitsy
#NancyDrewChallenge #SetnearaRiver ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Jul 10, 2019 |
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  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
Bowser is a mutt with a sketchy past, and after a rough life in the city, he's locked up in a pound in a small town in Louisiana. But he finally gets his lucky day--eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux comes in with her Grammy to get her late birthday present--a dog.

It's also Birdie and Grammy's lucky day, though right now only Birdie thinks so. Bowser smells trouble here in the swamp, and he's determined to protect his new buddy, Birdie.

Birdie's mamma is working on an oil rig off the coast of Africa. Her dad, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty years ago, and she has only a few memories of him. Grammy, her father's mom, runs a a local fish and bait shop. When they return to the shop after adopting Bowser, they find Grammy's shop assistant, Snoozy, snoozing, and Grammy's stuffed and mounted prize marlin missing.

The sheriff comes, but he doesn't seem to take the matter seriously; the missing fish is "only" worth $300, so it's petty theft. He also says he doesn't smell the tobacco that Birdie (and Bowser, of course) can clearly smell.

Bowser tells us the story as Birdie starts her own investigation, and in the process learns some unexpected family secrets.
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Quinn is just great at convey a pretty believable dog's-eye view of the world Bowser cheerfully relates everything he sees, hears, and most of all smells--to the reader. He can't tell Birdie, because he doesn't speak English. And he totally misinterprets some of what he sees and hears from humans because, of course, he's a dog, and only understands just so much--and his past life experience is with a city street gang.

Recommended.

I bought this book. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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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.

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