Saturday, May 29, 2010

Jack and Rebel, the Police Dog, by Patricia Finney

The sequel can never be as great as the original, right? As good as this book was, it was a let-down from the giddy heights of the first. Some of it might have to do with the loss of novelty; when my kids first heard Jack's voice, they were ecstatic, but by the end of two books, it was commonplace to them. Some of it might have been the way Jack's kid and puppy-momma were barely featured, replaced in Jack's life by a dog he's supposedly been friends with for years. But if you're looking for a good kid-appropriate book that keeps the environmentalism undertones to a minimum and even teaches kids to question vegetarianism, this is the book for you.

Rating: five out of seven giant inflatable monkeys.

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