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. Volume VIII Number 19 . . . . May 24, 2002
Sam, the detective dog whose thoughts can be understood by Jennie, her neighbour, is looking for excitement during the winter. Jennie and her friend Beth are researching mummies from Ancient Egypt in preparation for a class trip to the museum. They learn about Pharaoh Menopharsib and his mummified dog, Akasheput, who was later stolen from the tomb. Immediately Sam begins to imagine that Menopharsib wants to capture her to replace Akasheput and suspects a jogger as the pharaoh in disguise. The two girls turn their research into a hunt for a potion that will keep Menopharsib asleep. They do find a recipe, and, after much scheming and some interference, they get the recipe made and return to the museum with their potion. Meanwhile, Sam speculates about who is leaving the beef jerky on her porch and concludes that it must be Menospharsib trying to lure her outside. All these fantasies come to an end went the mummy turns out to be a well protected jogger.
Young readers who identify with dogs will empathize with Sam, the junk food loving bored dog, and enjoy her wisecracks. This simple detective story is a pleasant read and will satisfy readers' needs for a chapter book. The additional advantage is that there are at least six other "Sam, Dog Detective" books available, and these follow a very similar pattern with Sam's imagination causing trouble for her friends and the threat of Sam's being sent to obedience school.
MacKeen is the teacher-librarian at Glen Stewart Elementary School in
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