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Cosette has just received a new puppy; she is very excited and tells her mom she will take good care of Oreo. She quickly falls in love with Oreo and takes special care of him and his needs. However, things were not as they should be. In Cosette and Oreo: The Case of the Night Raiders by Caren Cantrell, strange events happen. It appears Oreo is a naughty puppy. Trash gets knocked over, a cake is partly eaten and destroyed, and other problems occur, for which Oreo is blamed by Cosette’s mom. Does Oreo get a reprieve, or is he the wrongdoer? Will Cosette have to return Oreo to the dog shelter? Read Cosette and Oreo to learn who the real culprits are and how the problem is solved.
Caren Cantrell provides a surprise ending to Cosette and Oreo. She weaves this mystery so that readers will fail to see the cause of the trouble at first. It is a tale about Cosette’s faith in her dog. Readers learn how important it is to keep trusting and trying to solve issues. The need for observation is seen as a valuable trait. Cantrell shows that even children can deduce solutions. The power of love and belief saves little Oreo. Children will also learn that caring for a pet is a big responsibility and involves many different tasks. Cantrell encourages children to stay hungry for knowledge; this hunger is fed by curiosity, so children need to remain curious. Bianca Clark does a wonderful job with the illustrations.