The Underdogs Catch a Cat Burglar
“The Underdogs will have young readers HOWLING with laughter, SNIFFING for clues, and BARKING with delight.” —Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, creators of the Real Pigeons series
Perfect for fans of comical animal do-gooders like The Bad Guys, The InvestiGators, and The Chicken Squad, this hilarious chapter book series follows a group of bumbling dog detectives and their newest recruit—a cat! In this first case, the Underdogs are hot on the tail of a cat burglar.
Crime is on the rise in Dogtown, and it’s all thanks to a mysterious cat burglar! They’ve stolen everything from handbags to ham sandwiches, and nobody has been able to catch them. Now The Underdog Detective Agency is on the case . . . but as their name might suggest, they aren’t exactly the best sleuths in town.
Barkley and the other dogs at the agency have been in a bit of a slump, but this latest case could turn it all around. So to catch this menacing cat burglar, they may have to do the unthinkable and hire their first-ever cat detective. Enter Fang, a street-smart, one-eyed feline and the newest member of the team.
Being a cat in a dog’s world isn’t easy, but Fang is determined to prove she’s got what it takes. Will Fang and Barkley be able to work together to solve the case and help make Underdogs the top dogs once again? You’ll have to read to find out in this paws-itively hilarious mystery!
The Underdog Detective Agency's dogged feline employee seeks the cat burglar nicking everything from "handbags to ham sandwiches" in this punny chapter book debut from married collaborators the Temples. Being a cat in Dogtown won't keep Fang, a one-eyed feline with a kink in her tail, from succeeding—even if her upbringing has already found her less than keen at barking, chasing "the same stupid ball," and whizzing against trees. Ill-suited to life as a sheep herder, sled dog, or "official butt sniffer," Fang sees a help wanted ad from the Underdog Detective Agency ("no clue left undug") and, as the only applicant, lands the gig. With Barkley, a German shepherd sporting Sam Spade attire, gadget-minded dalmatian Dr. Spots, and receptionist Carl, a Hawaiian shirt–wearing Chihuahua, Fang works to crack the case, which would be the Underdogs' first win in years. Mayhem follows as Fang and Barkley race their archrivals, the Weimaraner siblings at Top Dog Detectives, to catch the cat burglar red-pawed. Nonstop wordplay and comic resilience prove winning in this quirky, quick-moving mystery, shown in Gordon's animated b&w illustrations, that will have readers rooting for the Underdogs. Ages 6–9.