Introducing The Critter Club! Amy and her friends solve a canine caper in this start to a pet-friendly illustrated chapter book series.
It’s Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans...everyone except for Amy, that is! As her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her mom’s vet clinic. At least she’ll be around cute animals! But when Santa Vista’s cold and elusive millionaire, Marge Sullivan, brings her puppy Rufus for a check-up, Amy encounters an unexpected mystery. After her friends return home, the girls get to the bottom of what happened to Rufus—and discover a way to help other lost and lonely animals in their town.
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Themes of friendship and the love of animals pair comfortably in the leadoff title of the Critter Club series. When elementary-schooler Amy's three best friends disperse for spring break, Amy delves into her new Nancy Drew book while working the front desk at her mother's veterinary clinic. Inspired by Nancy's clue gathering, Amy hones her own sleuthing skills when one of her mother's patients, a Saint Bernard puppy, disappears. The mystery is light a trail of fresh paw prints makes it obvious the dog hasn't wandered far but Amy's plan to retrieve the runaway pup reveals sharp thinking. The puppy's grateful owner recruits Amy and her friends to help her open an animal shelter in her barn, which they name the Critter Club, setting the stage for future escapades. Despite a few clich s ("Light bulbs went off in her head"), Barkley's writing is crisp, with punchy dialogue, concise sentences, and a swift pace. Large type and ample artwork make this a fine fit for beginning readers. Final art not seen by PW. Simultaneously available: All About Ellie. Ages 5 7. Illustrator's agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency.