We were sent this book for eldest to review (who has just turned 5). The book is aimed for children aged 5 to 8 and I was slightly worried when it arrived if he would have the concentration for me to read a book without lots of pictures (it does have some lovely little illustrations mind). But he surprised me and really enjoyed this story. I liked how it is improving his vocabulary, stretching his ability much more than standard picture books would, with only a few simple words on each page.
As the book in its entirety is too large to have in one sitting before bed, we have been doing a chapter a night, which is just the perfect size. He seemed happy to end on a chapter, which is great as I thought he might try and push his luck and demand to keep going! But he behaved extremely well and instead eagerly looked forward to the next instalment each evening.
It is a good book that addresses issues of bullying and prejudice in a way that is easy to understand for children. The Top Dog and his gang are a bunch of pesky strays out to cause trouble and poor Hamish (a well groomed contender in the Pet Idol competition) is their target. Luckily Badger is at hand to try and save the day, he can also magically make toast and fly like a helicopter!!! With a happy ending we are left wanting to get our hands on the next book in the series, Badger the Mystical Mutt and the Barking Boogie.
Available to buy from Amazon for £5.99 and worth every penny!