A new series for middle-grade readers begins when 11-year-old Jimmy gets a dog that just might have supernatural powers.
Jimmy’s mom works all the time, and his dad’s constantly away looking for a new job. Feeling neglected, Jimmy spends most of his time watching an old crime TV show and reading his favorite vampire novels. When his dad agrees to let Jimmy have a dog, Jimmy chooses a strange mutt named Abby. Abby sleeps all day and roams at night, and she has huge fangs; is she a vampire dog? When Abby attacks his awful new babysitter, will Jimmy’s parents send his beloved new pet back to the shelter? Later, more complications ensue that give Abby a chance to save the day, with help from Jimmy’s best friend, Irwin, and his new possible heartthrob, Daisy. Could it be that Abby might actually be a crime-fighter vampire dog? In fact, might she even have some real superpowers? Greenwald keeps everything light and unthreatening, with some nice childhood conflicts (Irwin also likes Daisy) and, via a bully character, some great advice about how to deal with bullies. Stower’s cartoon-style illustrations enliven the text even further.
Who wouldn’t want to read a whole series of superhero-vampire–crime-fighter–dog books? (Fiction. 8-12)