Dixie O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers
Shirley Hughes has teamed up with her daughter, illustrator Clara Vulliamy, for this adorable series about canine driver Dixie O'Day and his good friend Percy. In this story, Dixie and Percy are off on holiday - but when fabulous popstar Peaches Miaow has her priceless diamond necklace stolen from the Hotel Splendide, it's up to the dashing duo to solve the mystery.
This gentle illustrated storybook is full of fun: with a short chapter for each day of the week, and lots of added extras, it makes perfect reading for newly-independent readers. The attractive spreads in a bold colour palette immediately catch the eye, and the compact, chunky format is ideal for small fingers to manage.