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Ruff and Tumble - Invasion of the Goblin Horde
Candy

Ruff and Tumble is a great story to read to younger children, the storyline ,told from the dogs' perspective , is hilarious. The drawings are cute and witty. I couldn't help laughing as the story unravelled ..I'm quite sure the author has spent many happy hours observing his pet dogs as he really seems to understand a canine's perspective. Good story , well observed and written...a great read, hopefully there is more on the way.

Ruff and Tumble - Invasion of the Goblin Horde
Sarah

This is a wonderful and imaginative book - although a children's book I think the average adult would enjoy this as well! The author is obviously well in tune with the behaviour of dogs, and family life. A must-read for all children. I would have no hesitation in recommending it.

Ruff and Tumble - Invasion of the Goblin Horde
Peter

Ruff and Tumble: Invasion of the Goblin Horde is intended for children of primary school age, but it's written with enough wit and insight into the way dogs see the world that it's quite entertaining for older readers, even (dare I say it) grown ups. It's about the adventures of Ruff and Tumble, a Scottie and a corgi. It's told from their doggy perspective, so where their owner might think they are barking at the postman, they are really frightening off an Invader from their Pack Lands.

There's more to it than that though, and it gets slightly surreal. Ruff reads books (he keeps them in his Back Pocket: dogs have these Back Pockets which humans don't know about), and based on his reading he imagines goblins and trolls. Tumble is a Royal Princess. Ruff has a quest to fulfill to protect the Pack Lands: he needs to find the missing Crown Jewels, which a human might mistake for some old rubber dog toys.

The illustrations are very simple line drawings, but show plenty of the dogs' characters - especially Ruff, who is lots of up-and-down squiggles.

The text very usefully uses different typefaces for certain key phrases, which is both visually witty and makes the book easier to read for new readers. It's easy to forget how hard reading is when you need to spell words out letter by letter; having words that are easily recognisable because they use a different font can help to build reading confidence.

The book is made up of nine chapters, each of which works as a story on its own. The characters are engaging, the stories are funny, and the doggy view of the world seems to be quite a plausible explanation why dogs act as they do. The doggy Back Pockets are a bit weird. Even so, I enjoyed reading about Ruff and Tumble.

Tyger Pants
Sarah

This book, although aimed at children of I would guess around 11-16, is thoroughly enjoyable to any adult with an imagination and still in tune with their adventurous side! It is cleverly written and keeps your attention right through to the end. You really feel this could be happening to the the main character for real! It is also wonderfully humourous. I will be recommending this to anyone who has children of the age where they would appreciate this book. A must-read.

Tyger Pants
Candy

This book will appeal to kids in the 8 to 12 range and is a great incentive to reluctant readers. The author really seems to see things from a youngster's viewpoint. I found the writing witty and intelligent. The storyline is different from the norm too (perhaps as a former librarian I'm somewhat biased, but it's great to find a portrayal of librarians as anything but boring!). It's a book that I would buy as a party gift for young friends..I would also like to see it on library and school library shelves...a great read.