Hilde Cracks the Case: HERO DOG! by Hilde Lysiak

Review and photo by Kid Lit Exchange reviewer Jessica of @msbergreads on Instagram

Many thanks to @KidLitExchange for access to a free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own!

Hilde Cracks the Case: HERO DOG by Hilde and Matthew Lysiak, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.
(Scholastic ~ September 2017)

Whenever Scholastic publishes a new series under the Branches umbrella, it’s an hero dogautomatic buy for my 2nd/3rd grade classroom. Branches books are touted as “illustrated early chapter books that grow young readers.” They are go-to series for my reluctant readers. So I was super excited to receive the first book in the Hilde Cracks the Case series, HERO DOG, for review. Based on real life events, Hilde is a 10 year old reporter in a small Pennsylvania town who has started her own newspaper, the Orange Street News. She rolls around town on her bike with Izzy, her older sister/photographer, searching for her next big scoop. In Hero Dog, she investigates a string of crimes related to the upcoming bake off, from stolen cupcakes to missing pies. I love how this book is written by Hilde herself, along with her dad, who has a background in journalism. The book is very accessible for readers who are ready for early chapter books, but are developing stamina and confidence. The story and illustrations are engaging and will be a big hit with these transitional readers. Recommended for 1st-3rd grade classrooms and elementary school libraries!

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