We were sent The Dog Detectives – Lost In London to review and I was immediately impressed with the quality of the book. The pages are quite thick, which is fabulous if you have little ones as they are less likely to rip or tear.
The Dog detectives are Jack – a big lovable mutt, and his Deputy Poco Loco – a Portugese Podengo. They have to save Great Britain, as the Guardians of the Tower of London have disappeared.
I loved that this book was based on the legend of the 6 black Ravens, which they still learn at school. The book is beautifully illustrated and Isaac was able to pick out some of the famous London landmarks which he had seen on a recent trip to London. In fact I think this made him enjoy the story more as he could relate to the places they were visiting.
The story flowed really well and Isaac (4) took great delight in telling me that the story rhymed. Even Eliza (17 months) was enjoying it as it has an almost musical element to it. Older children would enjoy deciphering the riddles to help find the missing Ravens.
You don’t have to visit London to get the most out of this book. With the Jubilee and the Olympics this year the children can really relate to images they have or will see in the news but I am looking forward to taking Isaac to London again and will be using this book to fire his imagination!