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Lizzie and Lucky

Lizzie and Lucky: The Mystery of the Missing Puppies

Published: 4 Mar 2021

Paperback / softback, 160 pages

Recommended for age 5+ and 7+

By Megan Rix

Illustrated by Tim Budgen

Published by Penguin Random House Children's UK

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Meet Lizzie and Lucky: a sparky young detective and her loyal Dalmatian sidekick! The first title in a brand new illustrated series from beloved animal author Megan Rix. Lizzie is desperate for a dog. In order to convince her parents to get one, she has to come up with 101 reasons why she needs one.

Lizzie is a master at making lists, so thinking of 101 reasons is going to be easy! Especially as she is deaf and could train one to be her hearing dog. But as Lizzie begins compiling her list, she witnesses an adorable puppy being snatched away and put into a van by a mysterious-looking man. Can Lizzie solve the case - and maybe find herself a loyal friend at the same time...?

The Lizzie and Lucky series

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Reviewed by Heather Hann

The Mystery of the Missing Puppies by Megan Rix is the first title in a brand new detective series, Lucky and Lizzie.

Lizzie has always wanted a dog; one day she sees a puppy being bundled into the back of a van and so starts a mystery which she is determined to solve by following the clues to find the missing puppy.

Lizzie’s best friend Ted has lots of pets and although she does help look after them, along with lots of other local pets, she really just wants a dog of her own. Her parents however are not quite as keen and so Lizzie starts a list entitled ‘100 reasons why having a dog would be a really, really, really good idea’ to try and convince them. Whilst out walking a neighbour’s dog, she spots a suspicious van, into which she sees a puppy being bundled. Lizzie is convinced that the puppy has been stolen. No-one takes her seriously and so she decides to try and find the van, rescue the missing puppy and catch the thief. Will she ever be able to have a puppy that she can train as a hearing dog or will she always be looking after other people’s pets?

This is a great mystery story and the illustrations by Tim Budgen, really help to bring the family and friends to life. I really liked the fact that Lizzie is a kind and adventurous character, who also happens to wear hearing aids and use sign language and that the dedication at the front of the book is signed, with the challenge to use the illustrations at the end to help children to read it. I would recommend this to all lower KS2 and upper KS1 pupils as a great independent read for fans of animal books, mysteries and great adventures. I hope Lizzie and Lucky have many more adventures to come.

Heather is currently the Head of School Improvement for a large MAT in Suffolk. Before that she spent 25 years teaching in Essex where she worked as a teacher and part of the Essex School Improvement Team as a Literacy Consultant; before finally becoming Headteacher of a Primary School. She loves reading, baking, visiting her beach hut and Wallace and Gromit; seeking out every opportunity to combine them wherever possible!