March 2014, Stripes Publishing, 112 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Themes: friendship, dog grooming, fun plans, being on TV, helping others, four-legged fun
Content: Humour, a few tense moments, lots of smiles
Summary from Little Tiger Press
Dog Star is the second book in Pooch Parlour, a glitzy new series for children who love dogs and adore giving them the luxuries everyone's best friend deserves, written by Katy Cannon. Pooch Parlour is more than just a grooming salon – it’s doggy heaven! It’s the perfect place for pet pampering and the dedicated team of groomers give each dog star treatment.
A famous film director is using Pooch Parlour as the official grooming salon for his A-list film-star dogs. Abi is thrilled at the chance to brush up against – and brush the coats of – these glamorous pooches. She even gets to test out her dog-training skills on Pickle, the perky little Yorkie who is destined to become a star.
This second book in the series is as good as the first! Just like book one the illustrations match the feel of the story as well as how I imagined everyone to be. It's obvious that Abi knows what she is doing in her aunt's parlour - it gives her a confidence boost which I think helps as she is a little nervous with the latest job, taking care of dogs in a film! Abi meets a new friend who clicks with her straight away, and shows Abi around on set. This is one of several perks Abi gets for working with her aunt, however it isn't all plain sailing.
Abi has to work undercover to help her new friend's dog be in the film. I think because I'm a lot older than Abi I understood why the film director was reluctant to use his daughter's dog - yes she could do tricks but she wasn't necessarily trained to do it repeatedly without freaking out in front of the cameras. I liked the fairy tale which the film was based on, and the challenge it provided Abi with when she had errands to run. Once again there is a happy ending for all involved! Roll on June when I can read book 3!
Find out more on Katy's website.
Definitely see Abi's adventure from the beginning in Pooch Parlour #1 V.I.P (Very Important Pup) (Children's, 7 years +, 10/10E) Link to follow soon.