Tuesday 13 June 2023

Smarty Pup (Book 2) JJ and the Giant Panther

Smarty Pup (Book 2) JJ and the Giant Panther by Anh Do, illustrated by Anton Emdin (Allen & Unwin) PB RRP $15.99 ISBN 9781761068720

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Lily and her genius talking dog JJ return in
Smarty Pup (Book 2) JJ and the Giant Panther. Upon the announcement of an upcoming school camping trip, Lily and her classmates convince Mr Hosking that JJ is an essential member of the class and must join them. The dynamic duo and the rest of the class set off for Camp Pinecone to test their bravery skills and compete for the Bravery Award.

The class is divided into small groups and then challenged with a range of activities, including abseiling and rafting, to earn bravery points. Lily and JJ are teamed up with Timmy, who tells jokes when he is nervous. Lily and Timmy both admit they do not feel brave, but JJ confidently announces that he has enough bravery for everyone. Everything is going well until JJ thinks he sees a giant panther!

Smarty Pup (Book 2) JJ and the Giant Panther is a highly illustrated chapter book for readers aged 6 years and older that explores themes of self-doubt, bravery, and teamwork. A young audience will love the fast-paced action, full colour cartoon illustrations, and humorous storyline.

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