Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Review: Major Dakota's Ghost by Susan Day

Major Dakota’s Ghost
By Susan Day
Publisher: Susan Day
Published: Dec. 2, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

When Commander Rocky is dog-napped by a ghost and disappears in a puff of smoke there is only one thing Astro can do. Summon the team together and go to the USA to save him. However, things don’t go to plan and our valiant heroes become locked in a room without a door. 

Then they come face to face with five ghosts in a haunted house and have to save a group of celebrity dogs. Still, all in a day’s work for our intrepid heroes but why then does the American Government beg them to leave?! 

In Astro’s Adventures, Major Dakota’s Ghost, we meet again 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. 

All are part of a team of dogs who work for a mysterious organisation. This organisation exists without detection and operates right under our very noses. Its sole purpose is to save dogs from neglect and to save each other too! 

Spy links Included!! These are special web addresses where you can find puzzles and games that are not available anywhere else in the world!! 

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. 

This is the fourth book in the Astro Adventure’s series and it will delight and entertain your family with its fast moving plots and funny storylines. 

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My Thoughts:

Commander Rocky is dognapped by Major Dakota’s ghost, a former operative from the American arm of the same Organisation that Commander Rocky heads in Australia. Major Dakota needs some help getting rid of dog-nappers that are holding the dogs of 5 famous people in his home. When Rocky’s operatives discover who spirited him away, they immediately take off for the US to rescue Commander Rocky.

Major Dakota’s Ghost will have both adult and child laughing though perhaps for different reasons. The dogs held hostage belonged to celebrities and for adults it was plainly obvious who the owners were and had me chuckling. The characters of the dogs were hilariously reminiscent of their owners so adults will enjoy reading this book with their children.

Children will be laughing at the actions and antics of the all the dogs whether celebrity dogs, ghost dogs or dogs that are part of the Organisation. If you have read any of the other three previous books in this series you will already be familiar with operatives and their specialized skills.

Major Dakota’s Ghost is a bit different from the previous three books in that it has spy links in various spots in the book where you can click and go to a website where you will find activities and games related specifically to this particular book. It all adds to the fun and value of the book.

There are also illustrations with the book that were done by the author. They are pencil crayon drawings which on the iPad you can enlarge in order to see more easily. They are colourfully drawn and a nice addition to the book.

I gave this book a rating of 5 stars out of 5 because it will be fun for parents and children to read together with humour on both levels to enjoy.

Thank you to the author for providing 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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