Diamond Problem

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          How would a retired search-and-rescue dog feel when there is a new dog in town?

          How would a retired search-and-rescue dog feel when there is a new dog in town? The Legend of Diamond Lil, a sequel to “Trouble with Chickens” by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell is a short and sweet book that’s good for 2nd and 3rd graders. If you were looking for another one of her 20-page humorous books (like Diary of a Spider), than you might be a bit disappointed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting!

         The book is full of mystery as well as emotion and the characters alone say a lot about this author’s skill! These characters are well thought out and their actions and thoughts make sense. You won’t have to worry as much about mistaking one character for another (unless you’re talking about the little chickens, they all have a similar personality according to the main character J.J. Tully: annoying, and even more annoying).

          The chickens are feeling threatened, and the town has a guest. Question is, who is this new dog in town, and does she have something to do with this threat? Chickens are going missing, and there are signs of a possum in the area. With two problems that he needs to figure out, J.J. might need someone to lend a paw, and he is going to need to find out who will offer one. To J.J. this a problem worth solving, and to you, this might be a story worth reading! Will this newcomer be a threat, a help, or neither?