Monday 1 April 2013

Undead Pets - Night of the Howling Hound by Sam Hay

We were really excited when we found out that we had been accepted onto The Little Tiger Panel as we all enjoy reading. Our first book arrived whilst we were on holiday and it was very exciting when we discovered the book on our return.

The Undead Pets books are about Joe, who was just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet which made him the Protector of Undead Pets. In The Night of The Howling Hound, Joe is on a school trip to an adventure camp where he is visited by Dexter, a scruffy-looking dog, with a howling tale of woe. Dexter doesn’t want his owner feeling guilty for his death, but it’ll be hard for Joe to intervene this time – it turns out that the owner is Joe’s headmaster, the dreaded Mr Hill!

My 7 year old son was very excited when he saw this book as there is a scary looking dog in a graveyard on the front cover and he said it looked awesome! Whilst there are other books in the series, this was the first we had read but it didn’t matter that we were reading out of sequence as this book was a complete story. Now that we have read it my son has asked to get the others in the set as he enjoyed it so much.
The book is split into ten manageable chapters which were the perfect length for a bedtime story; although as each chapter ended we always wanted to know what happened next so usually ended up reading more than we had planned! The writing was a good size and easy for my son to read alone and the illustrations helped tell the story, especially for some of the scarier bits of the book where the pages were black with white writing which really added to the atmosphere. There was plenty of humour in the book which really appealed to my son and he was in fits of giggles whenever Dexter farted and Joe got the blame.

Overall this was a great read and we would give it 5 out of 5

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