I am pleased to introduce to you today, our mother and son guest reviewers: Lisa and Michael Cohn.
Lisa and Michael Cohn are co-authors of the award-winning kids’ dog book, “Bash And Lucy Fetch Confidence.” They were recently featured on the Today Show for their book and Michael’s YouTube book reviews. It is totally worth a peek! You can visit them at www.BashAndLucy.com.
About the Book
Title: Scooby-Doo & The Case of the Doughy Creature | Author: Jenny Markas | Publication Date: 2000 | Publisher: Scholastic | Pages: 60 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 | Reviewed by: Lisa and Michael (Mother and Son)
Summary: Scooby and the gang’s favorite bakery, Le Grand Chien, is being terrorized by the Doughy Creature. With the customers terrified and the bakery in trouble, it’s up to the gang to solve the mystery.
My Thoughts: This book is super fun because it’s a mystery in a bakery. In part of it, Velma spots a tiny dough man in the bakery and when she turns around, the doughy creature appears and starts causing trouble. It’s really funny because the doughy creature grabs the dough man. It’s different from other Scooby books because Scooby and Shaggy talk in a French accent. I also love the fact that Scooby and Shaggy dress up as chefs.
For a special treat you can watch Michael’s video review of Scooby-Doo & The Case of the Doughy Creature on YouTube:
My Thoughts: Today we’re reviewing one of Michael’s favorite Scooby-Doo books, Scooby-Doo and The Case of the Doughy Creature. This book follows the typical pattern. There’s a mystery to solve, this time in a bakery, where the doughy creature is wreaking havoc. To help solve the mystery, Scooby and Shaggy serve as “bait” for the doughy creature. They dress up as French chefs working in the bakery and don fake moustaches. I laughed out loud when I read the page showing Scooby and Shaggy as French chefs.
At first, I wasn’t crazy about 5-year-old Michael’s intense love of Scooby-Doo books. They seemed scary and sometimes violent to me. I didn’t like the fact that the Scooby “gang” members often get tied up. But after reading dozens of the books, I have grown to love them, thanks to Michael. I love the silliness, the authors’ gift in making each character distinct, and the humor. And I also enjoy the illustrations. Seeing Scooby dressed up as a mermaid, a rock star, a bowler, a skater and in other costumes always makes me chuckle!
Scooby-Doo books offer a predictability that Michael loves. In each book, there’s a mystery to solve, and a bad guy to find. The gang—which includes Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo–always splits up and looks for clues. Nerdy Velma often spouts hilarious facts related to the mystery. For example, in Scooby-Doo and The Gruesome Goblin, she says about a wave pool the gang is visiting, “I want to test one of my theories about the frequency and amplitude of certain wave formations.”
The gang members always ask beatnik Shaggy and Scooby (a Great Dane) to serve as some kind of “bait” for the bad guys (in return for Scooby snacks and other treats). The gang usually unmasks the bad guy at the end. Michael enjoys looking for slight changes in this pattern. For example, in one book, Shaggy gets trapped. That was very unusual, Michael pointed out.
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