The Birthday Surprise (Dotty Detective, Book 5)

The Birthday Surprise (Dotty Detective, Book 5)

The Birthday Surprise (Dotty Detective, Book 5)
Clara Vulliamy


ISBN 9780008248413

Dot, her best friend Beans and her dog McClusky all love sniffing out a good mystery and together they will solve the case and save the day . . . Dotty is sporty, funny, creative, clever and FEARLESS: She is great with codes and puzzles and most of all - if there's a mystery to solve - she's your girl. This time round her trusty sidekick, Beans and TOP DOG, McClusky are keeping secrets from Dotty - will she like their surprise?

Librarian's Book choice

Dot is a stationery-mad girl with a fondness for coding and detection and each of the brilliant Dotty Detective books shows her solving a mystery at school or at home, with the help of her best friend Beans - and of course McClusky the dog.

In this latest story (the fifth in the series), however, Dot's friendship with Beans is threatened by the arrival of a new boy in their class - so who will help Dot solve the mystery of the teacher's missing present? And how will Dot find out what her mother has planned for her birthday?

Each of the mysteries Dot needs to solve are close to home and carry plenty of appeal for younger readers aged 7+. These stories are an artful, simple introduction to the detecting genre as well as managing to explore a child's everyday life including issues around friendship, siblings and school life.

The text is delivered in very manageable chunks and each page is laid out as if it's Dot's journal - so lots of snapshots, doodles, codes etc. These stories are great fun, perfectly pitched for the younger reader, and full of warmth. Do check them out for your class library!

176 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Elsa Woods.