Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy

dotty detective by clara vulliamy book cover

June has been a full on month of reading for Olivia. I have taken full advantage of her new found love of books by introducing her to some great new reads. The latest book to have kept her occupied (read quiet) is Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy. Aimed at children of 7 years and over Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy is just over 170 pages long meaning it is under half as long as other books she has been reading. It became the book of choice for reading at her dads and from what I have been told has been able to keep her off her iPad and a noticeable reduction in the following words from her vocabulary over the past few weekends: I, am, bored, want, iPad. 

If you have read previous reviews you will know that Olivia resides in the ‘I like to read but not for too long and I get bored/distracted easily’ category of young readers. But in my quest to be a good mum and force my love of reading expand my daughters world I persevere. To be honest she does tend to enjoy reading she just needs a little persuading at times. Once she’s read the first page though she is off and the book is never far away until it is finished.

So what is Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy about?

dotty detective by clara vulliamy book cover

Meet Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, or Dot as she prefers to be called!

Dot loves super-sour apple sherberts, running fast and puzzles – especially if they’re fiendishly tricky. And with the help of trusty sidekick, Beans and TOP DOG, McClusky, she is always ready to sniff out a mystery. So when mean girl Laura seems set on sabotaging the school talent show, Dot is determined to find out how, and save the day…

Sounds interesting right! I haven’t actually read this one so I will pass it over to Olivia.

Olivia’s Thoughts: Dotty Detective is set out like a journal I liked it this way as it was fun to read. It was like reading her diary. There are also pictures on the page which help you to imagine what the characters look like. I like this in a book. I didn’t like Laura she was mean but Dot was lovely and I liked Bean he was funny he is Dots friend.

Sounds like this was another book she enjoyed. From the layout of the book it seems really engaging and perfect for younger readers to capture their imagination as oppose to just pages full of words. I think all kids can relate to a bit of snooping around and detective work can’t they especially when sweets are involved or anything involving mum trying to have a hot cuppa and 5 minutes peace. Also I have to say that the artwork on the cover really appealed to myself and Olivia and is definitely the kind of book I would pick up for her myself.

Dotty Detective can be bought on Amazon for £3.99 on Kindle or £5.99 in paperback.

*Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy for purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are Olivia’s own formed after reading the book*

 

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  1. Lovely review from Olivia!
    I think journal books are a good way to encourage reading, especially if you have a short attention span. Sounds like it was perfect for her!
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  2. Any book that gets kids off the iPad has to be a good thing!
    I haven’t heard of these, but I suspect my daughter wouldn’t be interested. She likes her very serious Jacqueline Wilson books! She asked for the Dork Diaries series for her birthday, then refused to read them. My daughter always reads at bedtime, but won’t read at any other time, which is a shame.

  3. My eldest daughter really enjoyed this one, especially because of the journal style as she likes to write her own too 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe