I have recently received a copy of Dotty Detective to review. My first impression of the cover was that it looked so exciting to read. The gold dots covering the entire book are shiny, eye-catching and bang on trend. Combined with the bright fuchsia pink and the delightful illustration, it looks just great and one for the girls, in my opinion.
Dotty Detective is a Super Secret Agent, who has McClusky, her dog, as her trusty companion when unravelling all kinds of exciting mysteries. It is the first book to be published in a planned series of books for the author. In this story, Dot realises that somebody is trying to sabotage the school talent show and she sets about trying to save the day with her pal Beans and McClusky, members of her newly formed detective club - 'Join the Dots' detectives.
Inside the book is a real feast for the eyes, and would be brilliant for any reluctant readers who are bored by line after line of text. It is written to look like a journal or diary with scribblings, drawings and annotations throughout and it looks like Dot, herself, as filled in her own diary and it has been published. There is a combination of plain and square grid backgrounds to the text to add further journal features.
My daughter read the book and said that she really enjoyed it. She particularly thought it was funny. I think it would be suitable for children aged 5 and upwards either to read alone or to be read to. The font is quite big but the content more suitable to the Key Stage Two age range. It is also set out in short chapters, which is always a bonus at this age, with short attention spans.
The fact that the diary entries are centred around numerous school events would be even more appealing to young readers.
You can buy Dotty Detective for £5.99 from Amazon or other good book retailers.
I was sent a copy of this book for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.