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 Stinky Spike the pirate dog (Read & bloom, Stinky Spike)
 Author: Meisel, Peter

 Publisher:  Bloomsbury (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 72 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 635639 ISBN: 9781619637788
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Dogs -- Fiction
 Smell -- Fiction
 Pirates -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
Humorous Fiction
Adventure Fiction

Price: $16.48

Stinky Spike 1--When Spike finds himself adrift at sea he is rescued by a crew of surly pirates, who spend their days hunting for treasure. Spike knows that he was meant to sniff out treasure, but his sense of smell leads him to some unusual treasure.

 Illustrator: Meisel, Paul
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 189498

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/16)
   Booklist (12/15/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/03/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Father-and-son team Peter and Paul Meisel combine their talents in this "Read and Bloom" early chapter book. Readers set sail for a high seas adventure with a dog named Stinky Spike, the perfect matey. This three-chapter book tells the story of a shipyard dog who is cast away when he least expects it—he's blown out to sea in a bucket. Captain Fishbeard soon comes to his rescue but quickly puts Stinky Spike to work sniffing out treasure. The large text is appropriate for newly independent readers and is complemented by charming, full-color illustrations that provide a balanced layout. Hand this to fans of Doreen Cronin's "The Chicken Squad" series (S. & S., 2014). VERDICT With funny characters and an engaging yet simple plotline, this will fly off the shelves.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/15/2016 Spike has “the world’s most powerful nose.” He spends his days as a shipyard pup that scares birds and rats away from the barrels of fish being unloaded on the dock. One day, as he frantically tries to protect a fish barrel, he slips on some slimy seaweed and falls into the ocean. His cries for help go unheard, and despite his valiant paddling, he drifts further from the dock. Eventually Spike finds refuge in a stinky old bucket, from which he encounters sharks and a whale, before being rescued by pirates. He promises them his nose will sniff out treasure. His challenge: to fulfill the promise. The narrative boasts abundant dialogue and encourages emerging readers to share Spike’s emotions and perhaps deal with their own fears. Paul Meisel’s full-color illustrations are equally charming and will easily attract readers to this engaging early chapter book. Father and son, Peter and Paul Meisel, have created what promises to become a popular new series, and happily Spike’s second adventure, Stinky Spike and the Royal Rescue, publishes simultaneously. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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