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Lost: The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog - Jeremy Strong

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Jeremy Strong / Paperback / 144 Pages / Book is published 2008-01-03 by Puffin

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      31.05.2010 18:50
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      childrens book by Jeremy Strong

      My son is a huge fan of children's author Jeremy Strong and we are slowly reading our way through all he has written! The hundred mile an hour dog series are the firm favourites so far and lost, the one hundred mile and hour dog comes out as the overall winner!

      Lost, the hundred mile an hour dog, is another book in the series about Trevor and his dog Streaker. Streaker is no ordinary dog; she is a rocket on four legs with woof attached! Trevor's attempts to train her have all been in vain and he is constantly getting into trouble as a result of her antics. This book is very different from the others in the series in that the story is told by Streaker herself from a dog's point of view. The story begins when Streaker spots a van full of pies with its back doors left open. Being a helpful sort of dog, Streaker decides that the pies are at risk of being stolen so she jumps inside the van to keep guard. However she feels this may not be enough to keep the pies safe, so she deposits them into her tummy, just to make sure they can't be got at! The driver returns at slams the doors shut with Streaker inside!

      Finding herself miles from home in unfamiliar territory, Streaker is well and truly lost! In this story Streaker has puppies left at home and is desperate to get home to them and her beloved Trevor! During the adventure that follows Streaker makes friends with a stray cat and encounters a Baboon and cheetah. Will Streaker make it home safely or is this her last adventure?

      This is a hilarious, laugh out loud book from beginning to end. I enjoyed reading it as much as my son enjoyed listening. Jeremy Strong certainly has some brilliant concepts such as when cat claims he can read.Streaker shows him the word BOX and asks what it says. Cat tells her that each letter is a little picture and that the picture is of a two legs (human) sitting down, so you can't see his legs. What you can see is his fat belly and his even fatter bottom. Cat concludes that the word says -two legs is very cross because has a fat orange belly and a fat orange bottom. This had by son rolling around laughing until tears streamed down his face!

      The relationship between cat and Streaker can be a bit fraught as they are natural enemies. However the pair learn to respect each other with each having their own talents.Streaker is brilliant at stealing food from the two legs she encounters when the pair find themselves in a shopping centre. Cat helps Streaker to sleep in a tree when a night time beast is on the prowl.

      Not only is this by far the funniest children's book I have ever read, but it also has suspense and drama, albeit on a small scale. Unlike a few other books by this author, this one is pitched perfectly for children of primary school age. My son is 7 and understood all the jokes .In some ways this book reminded me of the first Garfield film.

      The book has lots of black and white cartoon type illustrations that add to the humour. At 136 pages this is not a very long book and would be suitable for a confident young reader to read alone. I read this to my son chapter by chapter as a bedtime story; we both looked forward to each chapter and were sad when we reached the end of the book. I really wish there were more books in this series told from the dog's perspective!

      Jeremy Strong is a popular children's author and writes mainly for children of primary school age. He was born in 1949 and after graduating from York University he worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a head teacher.

      Overall I can't recommend this book highly enough! If you have a child who likes humorous books with a bit of adventure thrown in then this will be a real winner! I borrowed the book from our local library, but it is available from Amazon at £3.49.

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