Fine I hope. This intro started out WAY different when I was initially writing this review. Why? Well...
Til Death Do Us Bark
M. Sarah Klise
Mean while, the old homestead (43 Old Cemetery Place that is) has a new arrival in the form of a beloved but lost dog named Secret. As all good people do, Seymour Hope (the young lad and illustrator residing at this house) is instructed to seek out the dog's owners but until claimed...he is there's. Seymour couldn't be more happy....though the neighbors may not be quite as thrilled with all the barking. It seems like everything is falling into place and another happy ending is in sight....at least until secrets of another sort start rearing their ugly head. Will Secret find his way to a happily ever after? What of Kitty and Kanine's fortune? My suggestion, find a quiet reading nook and settle in for a little mystery you'll want to read all about.....
NetGalley (the first one I read being book 2...review seen here) and wouldn't you know it...that's where I discovered the third installment in the series. Gotta love it, right? I have always been a fan of letter books such as The Jolly Postman ...you know, where you read the story but there are also fun pull outs along the way of actual letters written by the characters? Yeah, they are too much fun (and if you haven't seen them, I DEFINITELY suggest you do regardless of your age, they are a blast). This book series combines those elements into one with the actual STORY being told through people's letters, posts, menus, newspapers and the like. Any form of the written word is fair game and that's literally how the story progresses. Sound interesting? It is, trust me.
You see, the resident ghostly author of 43 Old Cemetery Road, one Olive C. Spence, has passed on (well, that actually happened in book one I believe, but I've not had the pleasure of reading that one unfortunately, so I can only assume) and her preferred method of communication...you guessed it, writing. It's not only her authorial nature that makes this a natural choice but also her desire to preserve this art form that seems to be slipping by the wayside with the advancement of all forms of technology...and aids in creating a wonderful series. The author's (and illustrator's) way of sharing the details of the events happening keeps things fresh and creative inviting readers to use their imagination to fill in the blanks and showing you that pictures can speak a thousand words (because they are included as well from none other than the character by the name of Seymour Hope) but 1000 words sure go a long way too.
All in all, the story is simple enough, but not so much so that it's enjoyable to those outside the target age group. You'll laugh. You'll smile. You'll have a great time and be ready for more....I know I am. Review copy courtesy of Houghton, Harcourt, Mifflin and read via NetGalley. (Thanks!) For more information on either publisher or promoter, be sure to check out their sites and follow along on Twitter! This book is now available at a bookstore near you so be sure to keep an eye out for it as well as the next installment of the series due out later this year. As I understand it, it deals with phantoms.... 0_0
Until next time...happy reading!