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Bowser is a dog detective on the loose, paired with an 11-year-old girl, Birdie. Bowser and Birdie live on the Louisiana coast with Birdie's Grammy. When a prize stuffed marlin is stolen from Grammy's bait and tackle shop, Birdie and Bowser decide to take on the case. But what looks like a straightforward break-in soon becomes as tangled as a tourist's fishing line.

Was Grammy hiding a treasure map in the marlin? What's up with Old Man Straker, owner of a rival tackle shop, and his juvenile-delinquent son? And most sinister of all, why does it suddenly look as if someone wants to harm Birdie?

Told entirely from Bowser's hilarious dog point of view, Woof launches a brand-new slightly slobbery but utterly winning detective duo.

©2015 Spencer Quinn (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.

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"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages - suspense and dog - fluently." (Stephen King)

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  • 06-15-15

Like meeting Chet in his "teens"! Love it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Woof to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version. James Frangione's characterization's are too good to pass up by "settling" for print! (no offense intended for print lovers out there).

What other book might you compare Woof to and why?

This book compares very well with Spencer Quinn's "Chet and Bernie" series. I completely fell in love with Chet (the canine narrator). Because these were murder mysteries, I struggled when something sad or brutal was indicated.

But in this new novel, intended for a younger audience, the brutality is limited (or distanced from the reader). Bowser is our narrator and a delightful teenage version of Chet.

You will not be disappointed with Bowser's point of view - or those endearing canine qualities that Quinn captures so well.

This series' main (human) character, "Birdy" is well matched to her canine. It was interesting to see her learning to notice, and beginning to trust that this dog is actively participating in the search for clues. For me, this was like seeing the interaction with Chet and Bernie developing ( it was already well developed in the first novel).

What does James Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not enough space, time or words to adequately cover! The man brings these characters to life! Not only does he transition smoothly and completely from young, old, male, female, crotchety, gentle; he completely incorporates the energy and enthusiasm, the optimism of a dog! I haven't even bothered to read the print versions. If I ever do, will probably be hearing the voice of Bowser in my head as Jim Frangione portrays him!

Any additional comments?

I look forward to reading (listening to) the rest of this series! So glad Spencer Quinn chose to write for this age group! Keep them coming please!

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  • Michele
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 06-14-15

Not Chet, BUT...

I've been waiting a long time for another Chet and Bernie novel and disappointed every time I checked for more. But, I saw this one by Spencer Quinn and couldn't resist. The new canine is very much like Chet, but not. The story line is a simple one, yet extremely fun to listen to. The narrator is one of the best and I could listen to just about anything he reads, just for the life he gives to the characters. He never fails to give the characters just the right amount of "character" and personality. If you loved the Chet and Bernie stories, you'll be charmed by this one too.

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Wonderful💎💍🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

I love dogs and I am 9 yr. old. The book has mistery , friendship , and the mane characters are a dog named bowser, and his ouner birdie. It's one of the best books I've ever read!

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Another wonderful dog!

It's hard to love a new dog at first, but if dogs are in your heart, this one will be too! It is amazing to see how Quinn actually succeeds at making a distinct personality, not just a Chet copy. Bowser has the same basic, common dog characteristics as Chet, but he is his own self, and a great new start for a series. He lives on the bayou, where Chet only visited once, and has different talents. His human is Birdie, a plucky 11-year-old who deserves him. The case itself was a little confusing, but still an enjoyable read.

Jim Frangione imbues Bowser with all the dog excitement and loyalty that he gave Chet, but not the same way, so Bowser is truly a different dog. And, expletive, if that man can't do an impressive owl and old lady! Outstanding!

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  • Melissa
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 07-19-15

Light hearted and fun

If you like the other series from Spencer Quinn -- Chet and Bernie -- you'll like this one. James Frangione's narration is solid and enjoyable. There's no real suspense or deep, hidden meaning. It's just a pleasant way to pass a few hours while working out or traveling alone.

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  • Al
  • 06-09-15

Fun With Spencer & James

IF you are a fan of Spencer Quinn's Chet and Bernie books and you are a fan of James Frangione narrating those books, This is a no brainer. It is another fun story, this time with a dog named Bowser and his friend Birdie. Easy and Enjoyable !!!

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A great book for kids!

Who am I kidding? I loved this book, too. It is written for kids, the main human character is 11, but it is a good story. It is told by the dog, Bowser, who is sweet and lovable. It's also a good mystery. I have already recommended it for my nephews!

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  • Lisa
  • OCALA, FL, United States
  • 08-01-15

Good family story!

A mystery about an 11 year old girl and her rescued dog, told through the dog's voice. Exciting and funny! We enjoyed the listen.

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Dogs are great companions

Bowser and Birdie have been paired up as a birthday gift. Bowser becomes Birdie's best friend and protector. As Birdie learns about her ancestors she finds a bit of trouble from the town's entitled characters.

A few of the Bowser comments remind me of other books (Hank the cow dog) and I didn't find much original material here, but it was enjoyable and I believe younger readers/listeners will be most captivated by this story.

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Birdie and Bowser-- Wowzers!!

This is definitely the book for Bernie and Chet lovers. Spencer Quinn uses the same remarkable humor and unbeatable human-canine relationship to wow his readers. Although a younger pair, Birdie and Bowser do not fail to disappoint in terms of being extremely well developed characters; having their own separate and distinct draw-you-in backstories; and creating fun and adventure ash they solve tough (if relatively light) crimes. Sheriff Cannon and Officer Perkins make an interesting juxtaposition to Birdie and Browser-- ingenious on Quinn's part. Grammy, a pair of determined protagonists, and a host of interesting secondary characters give this entertaining treat lots of texture and color because they represent a wide variety of ages, as well as social and economic backgrounds. I particularly lapped up (pun intended) the Louisiana bayou backdrop and Quinn's lessons in history and nature--very nicely done.

James Francine must have been born to narrate Quinn's books. His characterizations ensure a nice retreat from reality until the credits are read.

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