Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dog Gone It - Review and Book Giveaway

National Library Week Tip #3: Don’t judge a book by its call number. Some books make great cross-overs, appealing to many different ages.

“There was a strong current of air in the car, very pleasant. I didn’t realize at first that it was on account of my own tail wagging so hard. Charlie laughed: the best sound made by humans, bar none, and kid laughter is the best of the best.”Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn

I somehow ended up with a few canine followers on Twitter, one of which happens to be the fictional Chet the Dog. Actually, I’m a bit jealous of him after noticing that he has more followers than me. Can’t be helped I guess. He’s a pretty lovable character, right down to his mismatched ears.

Chet manages well as the narrator and dog detective in the (Adult fiction) book Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. His doggie insights made me laugh out loud many times, especially in the first few chapters. It has been awhile since I read a mystery novel, and this fairly light-hearted crime read by Spencer Quinn, written from a dog’s viewpoint, certainly amused me.

Chet the dog and Bernie, his human partner, run their own PI business called The Little Detective Agency. Suffering from “cash-flow problems” they pick up a case involving a missing teenage girl named Madison. Both dog and owner get themselves into some pretty sticky, suspenseful situations. Cheerios on the floor and other dogs cause a few diversions along the way as well. A quick read with a mystery that’s not difficult to figure out – pretty much the perfect start to what looks to be a fun series. Dog On It reached #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list in March.

This book could make a good YA cross-over, but unfortunately, in my opinion, it contains too much offensive language for YA readers. Fans of Braun’s “Cat Who” cozy series may especially enjoy this addition to the animal detective world.

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn. Atria (February 2009); 320 pages; ISBN 9781416585831

Win a copy! Atria has kindly sent me an extra copy of Dog On It to giveaway to a Brimful Curiosities reader.

To enter, leave a dog-related comment (about Chet or any dog) on this post. Or, let me know what you think Chet's next adventure should involve.

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55 comments:

Alice H said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I live in an apartment now so no dog - but my dog growing up was a Boston Terrier and he was just great. So much fun - I can't wait to get a dog! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Alice H said...

I subscribe via google reader - thanks! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Grandma said...

I grew up on a farm and had and loved many dogs. My parents are still there and have a cute dog now who just showed up and decided to stay. They all have been lovable mutts except for one pure-bred beagle who was just as lovable as the rest. I love the Cat Who books and am looking forward to reading this this new series.

dvillelaw[at]gmail[dot]com

Valorie said...

I want a corgi so bad. >.< I go to pet stores and stare at them with longing.

Blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/04/14/book-giveaways-0413-0419/

I follow.

AND, I follow on Twitter and gave this contest a Tweet.

Valorie
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mindy said...

well the e mail address i use frequently (not the one here) actually belonged to three of my dogs so they could get their own e mail when they where at work with me they are no longer here but the legacy lives on minsthins at optonline dot net

cstironkat said...

I have an Alaskan Malamute that I adopted from a local rescue group. He had added so much fun and joy to my life and I'm so blessed to share a home with him.

How about a christmas adventure/mystery for Chet.

Alison and I love both dogs and christmas. Thank you for the giveaway.

Marci said...

We have two mutts, both were from the pound. Best place to get a real friend! And three cats.. two hamsters... a squirrel.. three kids.. a full house.
Would love to read this book!

Janel said...

My daughter just got done reading a children's chapter book, I Jack, told from a dog's perspective. She kept reading me all of these funny quotes from the book. Please enter me!

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Janel said...

I am a subscriber in Google Reader :)

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this. One of my favorite websites is icanhazhotdog.com

Thanks,

darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

linda said...

I'd love to have this and then pass it on to my daughter.

I have the cutest little rat terrier - she talks to us!

Nyuel said...

I'd love to read this. Chet sounds like a cool detective. My own dog, however, would fail horribly. He's more concerned about running away from danger, and he thinks everyone is evil. He'd rather stay inside where it's safe.

Thanks for holding this giveaway!

Nyuel113(at)yahoo(dot)com

christin said...

Chet sounds a lot like our dog and this book sounds great:) Thanks!
christinbanda(at)yahoo(dot)com

liane66 said...

My two labs are like children to me. They truly brighten my life.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

shopannies said...

I have two dogs and they are best friends one is a chocolate lab and the other is a mini pincher
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shopannies said...

twittered http://twitter.com/shopannies/status/1538747605

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kathy55439 said...

I have adopted my boss old hunting dog she is busy with her kids Feel Bad for man or womens best friend

BUSY BEE said...

My 3 yo wants a dog so bad but our current lease does not allow it. I have given him a stuffed dog to help ease the wanting and it has helped so far.

Sandra K321 said...

This is a different perspective to write a book from. I don't think my yellow lab Scooter could help solve a mystery, unless it involved food.

samf36 said...

I love a good dog story.. We have a whole gaggle of rotties and I would not trade them for anything.

Nickolay said...

My dog story is that of a shedding Golden retriever. It is a fur fight every day. I love golden haired bagels. This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance

jason@allworldautomotive.com

Karen L said...

I am both a mystery fan lover and a dog lover! I am the owner of 3 cats and a rabbit...but the grandmother to Toby, a malti-poo who has many sleepovers at our house! I would love to see a plot where Chet and his human investigate puppy mills!

Karen L said...

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Anonymous said...

I love mystery novels but I must confess, the ones I usually read involve cats, as in "The Cat Who..." series. But I would love to read this book to try something new! My favorite dog growing up was named Abby--I rescued her from some neglectful neighbors and she was so small she slept in a strawberry crate for a long time!
renee
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

Staci said...

Because we rent right now, we can't have a dog. But one day I would love to own a pug-I think they are so adorable! We love to take our son to see the puppies at the pet store.
mommastaci33(at)yahoo(dot)com

danie88 said...

I have a black lab mix named Bear aka Bubba Dog who is a big part of my blog. He helps me review books by giving them a paws rating. :)

romancebookaddict@hotmail.com

Marie said...

We have a really sweet Brittany Spaniel mix named Lady who the kids love -- the cats, not so much :-)

marielay@gmail.com

ellie said...

My little grandson has his own big red dog (Lab) named Clifford. I would love to win this book.

Jennifer said...

I have a 13 year old black lab who still acts like he is a puppy, he is the best dog ever! Thanks for the giveaway, this sounds like a fun book!

mattandjen[at]gmail.com

Valerie said...

What a lovely idea, I'd love to read this
We have a lovely flat coated retriever named Zoe
Kawaiineko2008 at aol dot com

Beth said...

My dog Tippy was a cute little terrior. I had him when I was a little girl. He would always chase cars since we lived out in the country on a gravel road. He got clipped 3 times by cars but it didn't stop him. He'd lay around for a few days and then go right back out there. He is gone now but I will always remember him.

Elsie said...

Heaven must be the land of dogs, because what could be better??! Our dog is older and doesn't always get up to greet me when I get home, but I hear him...his tail wagging and hitting the floor...thumping away so hard and crazy...reminds me of the (giveaway) paragraph, with Chet's tail wagging and causing a breeze!!
Oh, it would be heavenly to sit in the gazebo this summer with my dog and this book....

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

ms-texas said...

I've got two dogs! One is a little rat terrior (however you spell that) and not really sure what the other is!

debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

Ally M said...

I'd love to win this book. I have a history of memorable dog. Toby the Cocker, Sadie the Irish Setter, Bobby the teripoo, Inka and Tara the black labs.All at different times in my life and all now on the otherside of the Rainbow Bridge.

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Deedles said...

I will always have a dog. Dogs are my favorite animals. This looks like a great book.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I used to have 2 dogs, but they are gone now and I'm afraid of the emotional pain of having a new dog. But at least I can read about them!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Debs Desk said...

I have four Chihuahuas and they are the loves of my life. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Sue W. said...

I think that Chet needs to head to sea on some adventure maybe getting lost at see and landing on a very nice inhabited island where he meets new and exciting people with a different culture.
Anyway please include me in this giveaway.

roylsue(at)telpage(dot)net

Sue W. said...

I twittered and even tweeted this giveaway. My tweet name is kona15hilo

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Sue W. said...

I blogged this giveaway at:

http://gourdcrafter.blogspot.com/

roylsue(at)telpage(dot)net

LoveMy2Dogs said...

Dogs? What can I say about dogs? Well we now have 2 dogs, we recently had to have our beloved black lab named Blackie put to sleep due to the fact that he had prostate cancer, he was 12 years old and the best dog ever. The dogs we have now are Shadow, a lab/newfoundland mix and Sophie, a Cocker spaniel. Our daughter lives with ua also and she has a cocker spaniel named Motely. I guess you could say we love dogs.

kateandlucy said...

We have three rescued dogs and two rescued cats. I have a pet hair issue!

Renee G said...

I'm thinking that Chet should continue his PI Career with a stint of investigating unfaithful spouses -- he should try digging up some dirt on them.

rsgrandinetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindi said...

I can't get over what a blessing dogs have been in my life. They all bring their own unique magic into our lives at just the right moment. My mixed terrier, Buddy, was never afraid of anything and reminded me to be courageous. Now, my terrier-Lhasa mix, Stella, a silly girl for sure, reminds me to not take life so seriously and to laugh! Thanks for your giveaway offer! Cindi (cinsaadi@yahoo.com)

Liz Schubert said...

My greyhound, Story, would make a terrible sleuth. She has no suspicions of anyone's integrity.
liz@utahrox.com