Friday, September 7, 2012

Till Death Do Us Bark by Kate Klise-4.5 stars

Klise, Kate, Till Death Do Us Bark. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Seymour is still living with Olice C. Spence and Igantius B. Grumply for a while now and couldn't be happier. When a dog named Secret follows Seymour home, he hopes to the big golden retriever a part of his new home. His guardians, however, aren't so thrilled with the idea of having a dog. As a compromise, they agree to let him keep the dog, but only if Seymour does everything he can to find the owners. Soon he discovers that the dog belonged to the recently deceased Noah Breth. His children have come into town to claim their inheritance and all of their father's property, which might include Secret. The two are horrible people and are only into themselves. To top it all off, Secret is in the heart of the mystery of what happened to all of Noah's legacy and wealth. Can Seymour find a way to keep Secret?

A fun, short read for fans of humor and ghost stories. The story is well-developed, but simple enough to keep its younger readers interested. The illustrations are detailed, entertaining, and add a lot to the text. Readers who liked the first 2 books in the series and like a little adventure in their lives will enjoy reading this book.

Grades 2 to 4, 4.5 stars