MY DOG IS BETTER THAN YOUR DOG by Tommy Greenwald

MY DOG IS BETTER THAN YOUR DOG

From the "CrimeBiters!" series, volume 1
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-545-77332-4
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015




MORE BY TOMMY GREENWALD

ChildrenIT'S A DOGGY DOG WORLD  by Tommy Greenwald
by Tommy Greenwald
ChildrenPETE MILANO'S GUIDE TO BEING A MOVIE STAR by Tommy Greenwald
by Tommy Greenwald

MORE BY ADAM STOWER

ChildrenIT'S A DOGGY DOG WORLD  by Tommy Greenwald
by Tommy Greenwald
ChildrenTROLL AND THE OLIVER by Adam Stower
by Adam Stower
ChildrenMRS. NOODLEKUGEL AND DROOLY THE BEAR by Daniel Pinkwater
by Daniel Pinkwater

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenRILEY MACK STIRS UP MORE TROUBLE by Chris Grabenstein
by Chris Grabenstein
ChildrenFORENSICS SQUAD UNLEASHED by Monique Polak
by Monique Polak
ChildrenTAKEDOWN by Joyce Sweeney
by Joyce Sweeney