J.J. Tully is a former search-and rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So heA??s not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at workA??or is J.J. not smelling the evidence thatA??s right in front of him?
Bestselling author Doreen Cronin uses her deadpan humor to pitch-perfect effect in her first novel for young readers. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white artwork from Kevin Cornell, this new series is destined to become a classic.
by Doreen Cronin
"Retired search and rescue dog Jonathan Joseph Tully, aka J.J., is enlisted by a distraught chicken to find her missing chicks. The promise of a cheeseburger seals the deal, and J.J. follows his nose right into the paws of Vince the Funnel (think vet's protective cone), who is bent on escaping a trip to the vet. Cronin is a master of tongue- in-cheek narrative, understatement, and one-line zingers. Vinnie Penna is well matched to this takeoff on vintage mysteries. He is clipped and tough as the veteran detective and superior and snide as Vince. He excels at delivering the one-liners--"life outside the shell not all it is cracked up to be"--in the deadest of deadpan. As mother Mooch, chick Sugar, and determined little Dirt, he shines. Penna uses pauses and speed to heighten the suspense, and jazzy music provides just the right background. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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