cover image The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner

The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner

Eileen Christelow. Clarion Books, $13.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-89919-425-7

Glenda Feathers, a chicken, arrives at her friends Harry and Lola's Diamond Dog Diner with a basket of eggs and the shocking news that there are diamond robbers in town. She urges Lola to hide her diamonds in the eggs. The nefarious robbers show up at the dinner and discover the eggs, which they steal, along with Glenda Feathers, who they assume is responsible for laying the diamond-filled eggs. Fortunately, Glenda Feathers manages to save the day; the diamonds are returned to Lola, and the robbers are arrested. Unfortunately, the book's energetic illustrations and the jerky, slapdash story-line would probably work better as a comic strip; the picture book format seems to confine the action, rendering it static. (5-8)