HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED — ALL PAWS ON DECK
January 2016, Scholastic Branches
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers: easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page.
Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane. Haggis is a dapper, grumpy Scottie dog. In the first book in the series, Haggis and Tank set sail as pirates. At first, Haggis doesn’t see what Tank does—that an adventure awaits them with just a little imagination! But soon, Haggis joins in the fun and the two friends go on a pirate adventure. They talk like pirates, swab the deck, and even search for buried treasure. This series is full of wordplay and homophones that make Haggis and Tank’s adventures even more fun!
Kids dipping a toe into the waters of early chapter books will find themselves challenged by the text while simultaneously enticed by the alluring art. These salty sea dogs put the bite back in buccaneering. — Kirkus Reviews (Whole review here.)
Odd-couple antics, loads of goofy humor, and an appealing comics/early reader format make for an all-around entertaining read. — Publishers Weekly (Whole review here.)
The spare, easy-to-read main text describes the events, and the stylized, full- color cartoon illustrations, complete with amusing speech-balloon conversations and asides, expand the story. Tank and Haggis have many homophone-related miscommunications . . . which both helps aid reading comprehension and boosts the funny factor. . . . The animated, distinctly drawn characters . . . will have kids seeking their future adventures. — Booklist
A must-have for the difficult-to-fill niche for readers transitioning from picture books and beginning readers to early chapter books. — School Library Journal
The word play is both funny and educational . . . an attractive little book full of funny dialogue from two very appealing doggie protagonists. Prereaders will be entertained by a read-aloud full of animal characters, a pirate theme, and silly sound effects and scenarios. Older children reading for themselves will enjoy the graphic-novel layout, the sophisticated word play, and the character development. — Chapter 16
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February 2016, Scholastic Branches
Haggis and Tank’s big imaginations take them on a search for real live dinosaurs! They build a nest for dino eggs and play baseball with a triceratops. But then the ground starts shaking. Is a T-rex chasing Haggis and Tank? Or could something else be headed their way?
Tank, a Great Dane with a nose for excitement, and Haggis, her smaller, saner Scottish terrier companion, are pulled into another adventure thanks to a book on dinosaurs. . . . This sequel is far from a dinosnore; here’s to joining these two pals on all their future adventures. — Kirkus Reviews (Whole review here.)
The dog pals are back for another exciting, imaginative playtime adventure. . . . The narrative’s simply constructed sentences describe events, while the colorful comics panels, lively dialogue in word balloons, and amusing commentary and wordplay further extend the story and add fun detail. Once again, the delightful pooch duo shines in this entertaining, fast-paced, and fun read. — Booklist
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HAGGIS AND TANK — HOWL AT THE MOON
May 2017, Scholastic Branches
Haggis and Tank’s imaginations take them across the globe — to Scotland! They fly an airplane, get lost in a bog, visit a castle, and even play the bagpipes. Then they get chased by a . . . werewolf?! How will they get home?
HOWL AT THE MOON (BOOK 3, HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED SERIES)
Loaded with comparative homophones, onomatopoeia, and puns, each page becomes an opportunity for linguistic discussion and delight. . . . The real subject of Young’s charming series is the transporting power of imagination and the joy of language. Early readers and their parents will love catching a ride on the Fearless Flyer with the lovable Tank and her trusty copilot, Haggis. — Chapter 16
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