How can I not give my own series five stars, right? What’s not to love, plenty of animals, mystery and mayhem. But what differentiates these humorous dog walking, crime solving stories for middle grade kids is that they celebrate mistakes.
I noticed how much energy I put into feeling bad about my own mistakes and how kids were getting too anxious about trying new things. They want to be good at something before even trying it.
Enter Stephen Noble and Renée Kobai who analyze, list and number their own errors. Ten mistakes a day, usually, lately they have been making eleven, and after the third day or thirty mistakes which become the chapter headers–they solve the crime with the help of Ping, the Jack Russell and Pong, the greyhound. Sometimes they even solve the crime because of a mistake.
Putting the first three in the series in this e-package is genius. Because when you’re hooked on characters you want to gobble up more stories about them, immediately. So convenient. These make great family read alouds for ages 8-12. Enjoy!