Sally Magnusson - Horace the Haggis and the Ghost Dog (4 stars)

Sally Magnusson - Horace the Haggis and the Ghost Dog

Magnusson's follows up her children's book Horace and the Haggis Hunter with an enjoyable sequel

(Black and White Publishing)

It’s just over a year since Sally Magnusson jumped from behind the news desk onto children’s book shelves with one graceful leap. The new role must suit her, because Magnusson’s likeable hero, Horace the Haggis, is back for an even more exciting adventure.

With a playful nod to Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, new tale Horace the Haggis and the Ghost Dog has all the ingredients of a good Sherlock Holmes novel – intrigue, danger, wit, and characters (both good and bad) you can invest in.

When a strange jangling nose starts to emanate from Secret Loch, tales of a terrifying ghost dog abound. Meanwhile, The Cat With No Name is out for vengeance with his feline posse. But using brains, bravery and friendship, Horace debunks the myth and saves the day.

So large is the cast of characters, however, that readers would be wise to introduce themselves to young Horace and his pals / nemeses via Magnusson’s first book, Horace and the Haggis Hunter. Failing that, read it lots of times (no chore) so that all the inhabitants of Acre Valley become clear in your mind – with Norman Stone’s superb illustrations doing much to help on that front.

And readers, get out your best character voices because Magnusson hands you a gift in the form of Dijon the French robin, posh Major Mole, a multitude of nasty cats and of course Horace himself, with his own version of ‘Donald, Where’s Your Troosers?’.

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