Summary via: amazon.com
Dakota "CODY" Whitepaw, a beautiful, pure bred golden retriever is 9 years old. She loves to play ball, go for walks, get a bath and one more thing. . . In this book Cody uses her natural instincts to help James, Jessica, and Julia to solve a big mystery. The children have fun discovering just how smart Cody really is!
Since our last hiatus we decided we would no longer review children's books but I had to make the exception for this one. Cody Ody Dody would be my first review of a children's work for Flying Off the Shelves so naturally, I said yes.
Cody Ody Dody by Marianna Marra is an adorable story of an misadventure between the family pet and the children. The story is simple and is centered around Cody, the family's golden retriever.
The work is perfect for any beginner reader, or level 1, and the words are easy to read and understand. The work is short, sweet and to the point with a focus on the illustrations to help support the imagination.
Although the book appears finished there are two major flaws in the work. It lacks a central theme which I believe is very vital to an early reader book and there is a small plot hole hindering the work itself. I firmly believe that children learn their most basic values from their parents or caretakers and those parents or caretakers teach these values early on in the books they whose to read with their children. Cody Ody Dody lacks a central theme, a lesson to be taken away by the end of the work. What is the lesson the characters have learn and what should the reader acknowledge by the character's misadventure?
The other flaw is the plot hole tied to the conflict. It must be inferred by the end of the book by the reader that the dog has stolen the socks from the laundry but then reveals the location of the socks later. While inference isn't a bad thing, an early reader cannot make inferences because his/her brain is not fully developed yet. If a scene or section was added to the book to sum of this issue it would only add to the book's value.
Overall, the book does offer a story about a cute and lovable dog that loves to play with his family. Again, it is good for the first reader and the illustrations do help to aid the imagination and develop the story further. There is plenty of good to be had with Cody and would make an excellent main character for a lengthy series of novels surrounding his misadventures. Cody is lovable and sweet and his touch of mischief only adds to his personality. This work rates at a solid three and could be raised to a four if certain elements were added.
Reviewed by: John Kompa