CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 22 . . . . February 10, 2012
Ben thinks Griffin's plan to save Luthor might not work, but he knows they need to try because their friend Savannah is about to lose what she loves most, her Doberman. Luthor was sent to the pound after his behaviour at the Cedarville mall resulted in a lawsuit. When Savannah and her family leave town, Ben and Griffin decide they will earn the money the Drysdale family needs to get the lawsuit dropped. To do this though, they will need to turn Luthor, a former guard dog, into an obedient, award-winning show dog. They hoped books from the library would teach them what they needed to know, but with Savannah away, Luthor is more uncontrollable and unpredictable than normal. There is a dog trainer they could ask, but to get his advice, they will need to find him first. He's been "missing" for three years, and he's let the public know he wants to be left alone.
Korman's humorous writing style is evident when he describes Griffin and Ben's fear of Luthor and their inexperience with dog training. The scenes involving the dog shows include details about the judging process and the different breeds of dogs. The competition between rivals at the dog shows adds tension to the story; newspaper clippings, cryptic messages and pages outlining Griffin's plans draw attention to details of the story.
Showoff, book four in the "Swindle" series, can be read as a stand-alone, but, because the books have circulated quite a bit in our library system, I would recommend libraries buy the first three books in the series as well.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian with the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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