* Weekend Promotion * Special limited-time offer - January 11th to January 14th ONLY. You can own Mo's book today!SYNOPSIS Take one puppy born without the ability to bark; Add one veterinarian who believes that dogs could talk like parrots, given the right surgery; Throw in a scientist who works for a company specialising in growing genetically-modified tissue; What you get is a dog with a unique ability and an attitude problem. You also get a confused family, offended neighbours and some very scared cats. REVIEWS Louise's 7-year-old daughter loved it and can't wait for the next one. Nancy loved the plot, the characters and especially Mo. Andy found it very funny. Sarah's 9-year-old daughter loved it and would recommend it to other children. Kayleigh wants a dog like Mo! Trent insists on Mo being read to him every night when he goes to bed. NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR I hope you enjoy reading the story of how Mo was given the ability to talk as much as I enjoyed writing it! This is a happy book, with a bit of adventure and danger. It's the story of how a puppy was rescued from a canal by a boy called Martin. Martin's Dad, Henry, happens to be a veterinarian who thinks that dogs are more intelligent than we believe. They have a family parrot and he starts to wonder whether a dog would be able to talk if it was given a syrinx (a sort of voicebox) like parrots have. He gets the opportunity to do the surgery when he meets a scientist who specialises in growing tissue in a laboratory. After the surgery, Mo starts making human-like sounds and the family realize that life is about to get a lot more interesting! Mo soon starts making friends and enjoying scaring cats and the odd seagull with his unique ability. But he's also making enemies as well ... FOR PARENTS As a Mum and a teacher, I have always been on the lookout for stories that engage children's imagination, keep them turning the pages and get them asking questions afterwards. That's what I've tried to create in 'Mo'. It is in the 8-12 reading bracket but obviously children's reading ability (and inclination!) varies tremendously. My book-mad daughter would have wanted to read this book when she started reading on her own at the age of 5-6 - and that would be fine as there are no terribly upsetting scenes in it. (She enjoys reading it even now at the age of 18!) It's a story I would have been happy to read to my 'Can't-be-bothered-you-read-it' son too! There are no nightmare-inducing scenes. For children, at least. It might be different for parents, as the thought of the family dog joining in the chorus of "Mum. Mum. Mum. MUM!" is enough to give me nightmares! Baddies, in 'Home Alone' fashion, are depicted as somewhat inept, to reduce concerns children may have about Mo being harmed. They can see he's cleverer than the people who are out to get him! When he is in danger, he is rescued by resourceful children - to give the child reader encouragement about their own abilities. I'm not enjoying the current trend for 'misery lit' in children's books. I think there are enough sad stories in everyday life and children need to escape from them somewhat. My daughter loathed sad stories when she was this age and we spent hours hunting down books that were both happy and appropriate for her age. The trouble is, once children are beyond toddlerhood, they are expected to deal with adult issues in their reading - and often they just don't want to! Books that are happy are often too young for this age and - dare I say it? - can be a bit cheesy. Children can spot cheese a mile off! Please feel free to contact me with comments and suggestions for topics that are of interest/concern to children that could be included in future books. You can reach me via my author page on Amazon - you'll find the link towards the bottom of this page).
Shelfari edited the description of Mo - The Talking Dog Monday, January 14, 2013.