Arf

A Bowser and Birdie Novel
Narrated by: James Frangione
Series: Bowser and Birdie, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and King of Canines Spencer Quinn is back with the next Woof book.

Bowser Is Back!

Bowser the dog is doing great. He's been adopted by Birdie, the greatest girl in the world, and he gets lots of love, lots of walks, and sometimes even bacon!

But why is Birdie looking so worried? Who broke into their house? Why is the new girl in town digging into the old mystery of what really happened to Birdie's dad, a policeman killed in the line of duty?

Bowser better keep his ears perked and his paws at the ready. A murder case that went cold long ago is fixing to get way too hot.

Woof, the first Birdie and Bowser book, debuted on the New York Times best seller list, and Bowser is back with all his signature charm (and slobber) in Arf!

©2016 Spencer Quinn (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.

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Mama's Home!

Birdie's mother comes home from her rig job and the action does not stop. Quinn brings an entire gambit of emotional experiences and grit in this second installment of Bowser and Birdie. Memories of Birdie's father make the Gauex women misty-eyed a time or two. The personalities in this episode collectively deliver a wide range of feelings that dig deep to the core, including a load of the happy, laugh-out-loud sort from none other than Bowser. The Louisiana backdrop and references to bayou cuisine continue to awe and wet the appetite. Be prepared-- the crime factor ratchets up a few notches in this one. Frank Francine remains a master of his craft and true compliment to Spencer Quinn.

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juvenile story, good for 4th graders

Don't get me wrong, I love Spencer Quinn and the dogs he has created. I like Birdie and I like Bowser. But since Birdie is 11 years old, her thoughts and conversations are elementary school stuff. It got a little tiresome in the middle, but the wind-up and end were great despite the convenient, near-preposterous take down of the bad guy.

The end was also great for the deep-story resolution, and the characters developed. I wonder how much more Birdie could poke her nose into in this little bayou town; will there be more mysteries she can solve? If she really does keep going, it will be hard to make the books of adult interest, but I would have loved them as a kid. Quinn does a wonderful job with dog psychology and ideation, so I hope he can come up with more cases! And, of course, James Frangione knows how to speak dog; he is just delightful.

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So great that kids can enjoy this duo

It's delightful that fans who are too young for the Chet & Bernie series can enjoy this one. Jeff Frangione is perfect and the story is well paced for young listeners.

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A Fun Read

I love Spenser Quinn and his dog characters!! Bowser is a great friend to Birdie. I’m 65 and still enjoyed the entire Birdie and Bowser series!

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Good team

Spencer and Jim are just the absolute best together. I can never wait for a new Quinn book read by Frangione. Please don't stop!

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chet rhe jet may be a 150 pounder, hesall heart

great. his narration makes it great. Chet the jets limited memory keeps him in the present, very Zen

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I ❤️ ARF

You must read/listen to this book it is a great one More woof read it

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I love this book so much!! It was so inspiring and impactful!

This is so amazing! Oh how I love the dog! So sweet!!! The girl is such a detective!

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Wonderful

Really cute, fun story with a great narrator. This is one book/series that is sooo much better listening to rather than reading!

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Mystery from a dog's perspective

This is an exciting mystery story told from the perspective of an 11 year old girl's mischievous dog. Spencer Quinn does an outstanding job writing from the canine point of view. Story kept me on the edge of my seat.