Dogtective William and the poachers
Genre: Adventure Stories, Crime & Mystery Fiction
Author(s): Wasserman, Elizabeth
Publisher(s): Tafelberg Publishers Ltd
William and Alex are on their third mission together: they must investigate the poaching of rhinos on Aunt Lulu’s farm in the Bushveld. Very topical plot, and full of humour, as readers have come to expect from this duo!
By: Nikki McDiarmid
Posted on: May 29, 2017
Terribly exciting and funny too, the Dogtective pair are back!
Having travelled Europe and the Indian Ocean, Dogtective William and Alex are now home to face a problem that exists in their own country, that of rhino poaching.Sent to stay with Aunt Ada, the owner of a game farm on the border of Botswana, Alex and William meet a chunk of a woman with a no-nonsense attitude. She’s a bush-ready force to be reckoned with, but Alex soon realises that Aunt Ada has something special, after all, she’s not even surprised when William speaks.On a game farm in the middle of nowhere, with Aunt Ada’s San farming partner, Ben, and a pet honey badger with frightfully good manners, Alex and William have their work cut out for them. Scurvy Scabscratch and his gang are back and willing to do anything to get the horns. They’re also determined to get rid of Alex and William for good.When Alex is captured, his only hope is that William will save him, but the overweight spaniel is lost in the bushveld and surely a tasty meal for most wild African creatures. Can Dogtective William still save the day? Will Aunt Ada be taken prisoner too?Have this unlikely Dogtective pair finally met their match?Now a familiar name amongst children, Elizabeth Wasserman’s third book in the Dogtective series has children hanging onto every word. Exploring the characteristics and culture of the bush community, Wasserman creates a delightful balance between town and country. City slickers meet hardened rangers, a suburban kid meets wild poachers, and streetwise attitude comes to the African bush.Readers see Alex coming into his own as a focal point in this story, a character more empowered as he and William split up to search for the criminals. By tracking the poachers youngsters are also given some insight into the fascinating skills required to be game rangers.Age appropriate for nine years and up, the story is wonderfully amusing and the cliff-hangers are seriously gripping this time around. A real page-turner, the end of every chapter is beautifully resolved with both humour and gentleness.If your child isn’t reading this series yet, they are missing out.Christopher, aged 10 – “It is so scary! But exciting too… Aunt Ada has a honey badger and that’s cool. The pictures are amazing and I especially like the lion dream with all the swirls.”
Elizabeth Wasserman is a pathologist in private practice and extraordinary professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch. She contributed to Nuwe Kinderverseboek (Tafelberg, 2009) and is the author of the Speurhond Willem and Anna Atoom series, both published by Tafelberg. Elizabeth and her family live in Welgedacht, near Cape Town.