Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

The Detective Dog

by , Sara Ogilvie

The Detective Dog Reviews | Toppsta

Book Rating: 5 based on 27
27 Reviews
Write a Review

There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell. She was known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell. Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Whether it's finding a lost shoe or discovering who did a poo on the new gravel path, her ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work. But Nell has other talents too. Every Monday she goes to school with Peter and listens to children read. So who better to have on hand when they arrive one morning to discover that the school's books have all disappeared! Who could have taken them? And why? There's only one dog for the job... and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit! Written by the brilliant Julia Donaldson and stunningly illustrated by the multi-talented illustrator and printmaker Sara Ogilvie, The Detective Dog is a fast-paced celebration of books, reading, libraries, and the relationship between a little boy and his rather special dog.

The Detective Dog Reviews | Toppsta

  • ISBN: 9781509801602
  • Pub Date: 28th February 2017
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Imprint: Macmillan Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 32

Share on

Sign up to our newsletter for...

Free Book Giveaways, Recommendations & more

5th March '18
I read it to Little bear aged 6 aged 6 & to Little lady aged 4 aged 4
The Detective Dog 9781509801602
5 stars
We really liked this story and how Nell goes to school to hear the children read, but then 1 morning all the books are going and Nell the dog sniffs out the thief. The thief turns out to be a book lover to and gets told about the library and loves reading even more. 
2nd September '17
Mollym read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
The Detective Dog 9781509801602
5 stars
This book is a story about a man who steals the books from school and a dog that finds them. I really liked the pictures and read it lots of times.
28th May '18
I read it to Jumping jack1 aged 7 aged 7 & to Jumping jack2 aged 5 aged 5
The Detective Dog 9781509801602
5 stars
What a delightful book about a dog called Nell with a brilliant sense of smell. Nell puts  her great sense to good use to find the school book thief.
We thoroughly enjoyed reading this for the great rhyming and beautiful illustrations. Its a joy to just go through the book to look at the illustrations. 
Both my little ones loved this book. 
11th July '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
The Detective Dog 9781509801602
5 stars
A story about a dog with a wonderful sense of smell and then one day all the books go missing at the school. Detective dog Nell then saves the day by sniffing out the culprit. Great story and has a great message about how great books are. 
4th May '18
I read it to RCHogan aged 4 aged 4 & to AIHogan aged 2 aged 2
The Detective Dog 9781509801602
5 stars
This offering from Julia Donaldson is a delightful tale stressing the importance of books being available to everyone (Detective Dog is a very enlightened soul!)
The illustrations are beautiful; a little different from her other pairings but stunning nonetheless. My children were transfixed by them as they read. They are a great help to young children to aid them in understanding the story alongside the language. There are lots of detail in them; my daughter in particular goes back through the book herself later to examine them in detail.
The rhyming prose is - as always - a sheer delight; it’s a pleasure to read and it’s bouncy, cheerful rhythm seems to help my children listen effectively and help keep their attention.
A must read for any fans of dogs, Julia Donaldson or lovely books in general!
27th October '17
I read it to Soopa aged 3 aged 3
The Detective Dog 9781509801602
4 stars
My daughter was given this book for her third birthday. Like most of her generation she is already a huge Julia Donaldson fan and this felt like the next progressive step up from the Gruffalo/Stick Man/Room on the Broom style books. This one is more traditionally, but beautifully, illustrated and is a rhyming story of Nell the Detective Dog who is always finding things out but has a proper mystery to solve when the books from school all go missing. I enjoyed reading it aloud and my daughter loved the character of Nell and we both enjoyed finding out where the books had gone. We both spent a long time looking at the double paged spread image of the library as there was a lot of detail to look at and point out. We have been reading this every day for the last week or so and so far there is no sign of her interest waning. Another hit from Julian Donaldson.
1st April '17
I read it to LA12 aged 4 aged 4
The Detective Dog 9781509801602
4 stars
Leo likes dogs and enjoyed following Detective Dog Nell's adventure to find the missing books. He particularly liked sniffing like the detective dog and looking at all of the different books the children were reading. The funny illustrations and rhyming text made this an exciting story that quickly captured Leo's interest and imagination. 
Show More (0)

About Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson Biography

Julia Donaldson is a highly talented author of some of the best-loved children’s books in the world.  Born in London in 1948 she grew up with her younger sister Mary who she loved to create imaginary characters with.  

She started her career as a singer-songwriter, writing mainly for children’s television. One of these...

More about Julia Donaldson


    15 stars
  • (25 Reviews)
  • (2 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)