THE DOGS OF POMPEII has been enjoyed by readers of all ages ranging from 10 to 83. And that's not counting even younger fans whose parents have read the book to them!
AN ACTION PACKED ADVENTURE. The choice of narration is unique - the book alternates between the journal of Caroline, a young American girl visiting her archeologist uncle in Pompeii, and the memoirs of Nero, one of the local dogs. The two soon team up and with the help of a local Italian boy, Gianni, set out to save Caroline's uncle's dig from impending closure, and the dogs of Pompeii from some pretty nasty dog-catchers. I think kids will particularly enjoy looking at life from a dog's perspective; Nero cracks jokes, is frequently exasperated by his human allies, and has a knack for getting himself into trouble. The story is set against the backdrop of an archeological dig in Pompeii with an excursion to the Amalfi Coast - the perfect setting for a Vespa chase scene. The glossary of Italian terms at the end, with a guide to pronunciation, are a nice addition. Australian Bookseller Magazine
THIS COMPELLING ADVENTURE, SET AROUND THE RUINS OF POMPEII, ABOUNDS IN EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT ACTION. Unscrupulous developers are determined not to let anything get in the way of their plans to build a resort over the ancient ruins of Pompeii - not the work of the archaeologists nor the 'Dogs of Pompeii'. Caroline, the niece of the dig's supervising professor, shares the story with an endearing stray dog, Nero (who cites Humphrey Bogart as a role model). While each character independently observes the interaction of the unscrupulous developers with their environment, they are drawn together by a common cause - to stop the destruction of Pompeii's heritage. Further adventures of Caroline and Nero are promised. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Queensland Government, New curriculum titles.
A ROLLER-COASTER RIDE OF ACTION ADVENTURE WITH A LOT OF HEART. by Hollywood based authors who know how to write a crackling thriller. QUIRKY AND ORIGINAL. Guardian Australia
FUNNY, STYLISH, AND INCREDIBLY IMAGINATIVE: "The Dogs of Pompeii" is all that and more. Authors Barry Creyton and Vaughan Edwards brilliantly manage to walk that razor thin line between entertaining kids and appealing to adults as well. What emerges is a skillfully rendered, magical tale that readers of any age can embrace with all their hearts. This mixture of mystery, art, history, fiction, and anthropomorphic creativity is irresistible. SAM BERNSTEIN, Screenwriter, Producer, Hollywood, California
A ROLLICKING GOOD ADVENTURE WITH LOTS OF HUMOR! Narration of the adventure switches between 15 year old Caroline, an American girl visiting her archaeologist uncle, and Nero, one of the dogs of Pompeii. Book 2 is on the way! NERO IS MY HERO! Dymocks Bookstore Australia, staff recommendation
HOW DOGS THINK. For those who have ever wondered what and how dogs think, here's a story to answer your questions. And you can laugh your way through the knowledge with this entertaining book. FIVE STARS Good Reading Magazine