Saturday, September 12, 2015

Book Review: Rampaging Rats by Susan Day

 Rampaging Rats!: Book 3 in the Astro's Adventures Series
By Susan Day
Publisher: Susan Day
Published: Dec. 1, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

In this fun children’s book, Rampaging Rats, Melbourne City Airport is being destroyed by monster rats. People think dogs are responsible so Astro and our valiant team not only have to destroy the rats, but they also have to find out who created these terrible creatures and clear the name of The Organisation.

If they don’t the strong bond that exists between people and dogs may be ruined for all time and we won’t find out how Indy stopped a dog-eating crocodile or why there’s a dog that thinks his name is Stop It! 

Follow the team as they travel around Australia and help rebuild the special bond that exists between dogs and their owners. 

If you and your family love dogs you are going to love this fun children’s story. The characters are all based on real dogs and cats and, just like your pet at home, they will warm your heart. They are unique and a bit flawed but you’ll love them all the same. 

The story is about a mysterious organisation that exists without detection and operates right under our very noses. Its sole purpose is to save dogs from neglect. This is the third book in the Astro Adventure’s series and it will delight and entertain your family with its fast moving plots and funny storylines. 

This tale of spies and mystery is full of twists and turns. The secret organisation is manned by a tunnel digging terrier who carries a diamond encrusted nail file. A large dog for which the complexities of door handles are a complete mystery and who, instead, opens everything with his head. As well as, a commando, khaki wearing Blue heeler who is armed with a hunting bone and a smell grenade. And that’s just to name a few! 

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My Thoughts:

When monster rats start destroying Melbourne Airport, people put the blame on dogs. The relationship between dogs and their humans is being destroyed so it’s up to the organization to solve the mystery of who is behind this heinous crime and restore the relationship between man and his best friend. Commander Rocky sends his operatives out across Australia to spread the word to the dogs of the country to be on their best behaviour as they work to discover just who is behind the devastation at the airport.

Animal lovers (dog lovers at least) will love this crime-fighting organization of canines. I liked that each of the characters are based on real dogs and cats. The author has done all her own illustrations for the book.

In Rampaging Rats we get to know some of the team members that we haven’t really gotten to know too well yet in the first two books as they are sent on their missions across Australia. Each of the dogs has their own personalities and though they are serious about their business, you’ll definitely see them as dogs because they continually do the things that dogs love to do – chase balls and sticks, run, pee on things – typical dog behaviours.

The plot moves along quickly and is full of humour. Adults will enjoy the story as they read the book along with their child. The mystery is full of twists and turns and is sure to delight your middle-grade child.

Rampaging Rats is available separately or part of a box set. I would recommend it for middle-grade readers. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to the author who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Susan Day is passionate about children's literature and wants to inspire children to follow their dreams. She created the Astro’s Adventures series and is currently illustrating other titles for children.

Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It was the sixties and the cheapest way to circumnavigate the globe was by cruise ship. It seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and the places she visited on these journeys be recorded for history. Thus, her story telling skills began. Firstly, to Rupert Bear, her lifelong companion, and then to a host of imaginary friends and finally to her pet dog once the family finally set down roots in Australia. 

Each book Susan creates encourages and promotes the wonderful art of story-telling with organic illustrations that reach to the very essence of the reader portraying similar character traits that their pets share.
Susan shares her home with the dogs, in particular, Rocky, Stella, Alfie and Digger, three rescue guinea pigs, two bossy cats and a very patient husband. 

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