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Jake wishes he could stop those bullies, but how? He finds a website that claims to switch brains. Suddenly Barney (Jake’s dog) and Jake find their brains have switched bodies and they begin to act weirdly. Finally, those bullies get the shock of their lives.
Part of the Aussie Chomps series and at 78 pages there are older children who will also enjoy this amusing story. I loved the alternating chapters so readers can avidly imagine what it’s like to be Barney. The authors (mother and daughter) have teamed up to create real characters, fun dialogue and an enduring friendship between a boy and his dog.
I am sure children who read this book will gain more empathy for their pet’s daily life and gain some tips on how to deal with bullies. Year 7 reluctant readers and in general, readers of 8-12 years will enjoy this series.
review by Fiona
image by defekto
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