Having two dogs of our own I’ve often found myself wondering exactly what they are thinking, for instance when they grab a pair of my socks and run off playfully with them. Their habits and mannerisms have been entertaining me for over a decade now, and they make us giggle most days. So you can imagine that we have delighted in reading the Dog Diaries series by Steven Butler and James Patterson, which is told from the point of view of Junior the dog.
Camping Chaos is the fifth book in this series and in my opinion the best yet! Junior and his family set out to go camping, his person-pal Rafe and his sister Georgia are not too thrilled with the idea but Junior is over the moon with getting to do his favourite things like chasing racoons and going in search of sticks.
His excitement at exploring is cut short, however, when a troublesome person from his past shows up and threatens to ruin the holiday, and this despite his doggy pals surprising him by joining him camping. But when a canine criminal escapes from the local dog shelter and is believed to be hiding in the Rambling Ridge Campground, Junior sets out on a new mission to use his super sleuthing skills to plan a barktastic escape and save an old pal.
My children loved the story, and I found the wonderfully funny illustrations by Richard Watson really kept them captivated during our reading time. This book will have your children (and you) laughing as you learn about Junior’s latest adventure. It’s recommended for children aged 6 to 9 years, but even my son who is just 4 loved me reading this book to him.
Camping Chaos is available from bookstores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R100.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing the Camping Chaos with us!