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When trouble calls . . . it's DOG SQUAD to the rescue! Duke is not your average dog. Along with his crew, he fights crime and goes on claw-biting adventures helping dogs in peril in the hit streaming sensation--DOG SQUAD! Fred is a pretty average dog. He's scrappy. He's loveable. But he's not brave like his heroes on Dog Squad. Fred looks an awful lot like Duke from Dog Squa When trouble calls . . . it's DOG SQUAD to the rescue! Duke is not your average dog. Along with his crew, he fights crime and goes on claw-biting adventures helping dogs in peril in the hit streaming sensation--DOG SQUAD! Fred is a pretty average dog. He's scrappy. He's loveable. But he's not brave like his heroes on Dog Squad. Fred looks an awful lot like Duke from Dog Squad though. In fact, when Duke needs a stand-in, Fred's the perfect choice. But the Dog Squad action doesn't always stop on screen! When there's danger in real life, can Fred find the courage to step up and save the day?!


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When trouble calls . . . it's DOG SQUAD to the rescue! Duke is not your average dog. Along with his crew, he fights crime and goes on claw-biting adventures helping dogs in peril in the hit streaming sensation--DOG SQUAD! Fred is a pretty average dog. He's scrappy. He's loveable. But he's not brave like his heroes on Dog Squad. Fred looks an awful lot like Duke from Dog Squa When trouble calls . . . it's DOG SQUAD to the rescue! Duke is not your average dog. Along with his crew, he fights crime and goes on claw-biting adventures helping dogs in peril in the hit streaming sensation--DOG SQUAD! Fred is a pretty average dog. He's scrappy. He's loveable. But he's not brave like his heroes on Dog Squad. Fred looks an awful lot like Duke from Dog Squad though. In fact, when Duke needs a stand-in, Fred's the perfect choice. But the Dog Squad action doesn't always stop on screen! When there's danger in real life, can Fred find the courage to step up and save the day?!

30 review for Dog Squad

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is pure fun. 5th graders will love it. I listened on audiobook. Kirby Heyborne really got to shine in this one. The scenes with the tv show even had a theme song!

  2. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Fans of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s other middle grade books will love Dog Squad! 🐶 Fred is an average dog living an average life—until he’s asked to stand in for the AMAZING Duke, star of the Dog Squad streaming show about crime-fighting dogs. But Fred isn’t known for his bravery and when the adventures start happening off-screen, can Fred face the challenge head on and be the brave dog he longs to be? 🐶 I love that Chris modeled this character after his own dog. Make sure to read the Fans of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s other middle grade books will love Dog Squad! 🐶 Fred is an average dog living an average life—until he’s asked to stand in for the AMAZING Duke, star of the Dog Squad streaming show about crime-fighting dogs. But Fred isn’t known for his bravery and when the adventures start happening off-screen, can Fred face the challenge head on and be the brave dog he longs to be? 🐶 I love that Chris modeled this character after his own dog. Make sure to read the Author’s Note at the start of this book and be prepared to have the start of this new series fly off the shelves for your elementary and middle school students. Thanks @netgalley for an ARC. Grab yours on May 11! 3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    Fun, great book to enjoy at your leisure. I read it all in one sitting the day it came out. Very cool how the dogs interact. It has a great storyline and I highlighted a number of meaningful quotes about fear that stuck out to me. I posted them on my FB page, as I often do with book quotes that stick out. It doesn't quite rank up there with the Lemoncello books, IMO, but it definitely has the Grabenstein funness and funky word usage. Great drawings throughout, an advantage of the hardback vs. Au Fun, great book to enjoy at your leisure. I read it all in one sitting the day it came out. Very cool how the dogs interact. It has a great storyline and I highlighted a number of meaningful quotes about fear that stuck out to me. I posted them on my FB page, as I often do with book quotes that stick out. It doesn't quite rank up there with the Lemoncello books, IMO, but it definitely has the Grabenstein funness and funky word usage. Great drawings throughout, an advantage of the hardback vs. Audio. The biggest negative is I finished it too fast. Now I have to wait until the next one comes out. I was looking forward to this one since I first heard about it. I am glad I pre-ordered it so I had planned time jump on it right away. I ordered both the printed and audio versions. I read the printed version until the very end. Then I needed to close my eyes because it was late. My vision was getting blurry, but I wanted to finish it! :) Chris Grabenstein never disappoints me. Although not geared towards my age range at all (43) I still enjoy every single one. There are valuable lessons that often come out in humorous ways!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishing through NetGalley. Dog lovers of all ages will cheer for these strays who find their forever home and star in top rated TV show. Fred has lost his first home when his owner's fiance didn't want him. He ended up in a second home with a thug named Tony. He was thrown out and captured. At the dog shelter, he is selected to audition for a Broadway show. And, this is all in the first few chapters. From here, Grabenstein shares Fred's I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishing through NetGalley. Dog lovers of all ages will cheer for these strays who find their forever home and star in top rated TV show. Fred has lost his first home when his owner's fiance didn't want him. He ended up in a second home with a thug named Tony. He was thrown out and captured. At the dog shelter, he is selected to audition for a Broadway show. And, this is all in the first few chapters. From here, Grabenstein shares Fred's life as he interacts with a variety of other TV dogs and newbies who will become TV stars. Readers see that Fred is a real hero as he rescues other dogs and children throughout the book. The author shares that Fred is based on one of his own dogs and this connection comes through in the writing. The love shines through the humor and adventure. Middle grade readers will appreciate the shorter chapters and fast pace. Hope this is the start of a new series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Athanasiou

    I just loved the creativity. It was such a hilarious read that I struggled to put down! If your a big dog fan, or just looking for a way to appreciate your canine companion, this book is for you! The characters were magnificently put together, and Chris Grabenstein did a magnificent job capturing the nature of our furry friends. If I had to change one thing though, I think I would take out the part about Abby having a psychic connection with Tater, just because I don't think it really fit in with I just loved the creativity. It was such a hilarious read that I struggled to put down! If your a big dog fan, or just looking for a way to appreciate your canine companion, this book is for you! The characters were magnificently put together, and Chris Grabenstein did a magnificent job capturing the nature of our furry friends. If I had to change one thing though, I think I would take out the part about Abby having a psychic connection with Tater, just because I don't think it really fit in with the rest of the story and is such a small detail, the story would be just fine without it. Other than that, I would highly recommend Dog Squad for everyone! Age group: 9+ (obviously you should read what you want when you want to!) Genre: Fantasy Rating:4.9

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Chris Grabenstein writes such a great variety of books- fantasy in Island of Dr. Libris, his action-filled, imaginative Lemoncello series, Shine is heart-felt and gently teaches readers life truths...Dog Squad is light-hearted and dog-filled and fits in more with his Welcome to Wonderland series, but is not quite as long and likely a slightly lower reading level. The plot is simple and straight-forward, but has plenty of hilarious hijinks as a variety of pooches work together to film a TV show a Chris Grabenstein writes such a great variety of books- fantasy in Island of Dr. Libris, his action-filled, imaginative Lemoncello series, Shine is heart-felt and gently teaches readers life truths...Dog Squad is light-hearted and dog-filled and fits in more with his Welcome to Wonderland series, but is not quite as long and likely a slightly lower reading level. The plot is simple and straight-forward, but has plenty of hilarious hijinks as a variety of pooches work together to film a TV show about a team of heroic dogs and deal with the interruptions of canines with less than admirable intentions and one not so nice, ne’er-do-well dog owner. In his afterword, Grabenstein explains that the book’s main character, Fred, is modeled after his real life dog who was discovered at a rescue center, became an actor on stage, and was later adopted by him and his wife J.J. Readers in grades 4-6 who enjoy humorous animal stories will love this one. Librarians and ELA teachers will give this book to their students with no worries about content and thankfulness that it has strong character development, clear plot progression, and excellent descriptive passages. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (The Book Marauder)

    Thank you PRH International for the gifted digital ARC. I'm not really sure why I picked a children's book up but I'm so so glad I did. I honestly did not expect my adult self to enjoy it as much as I did! I was hooked! This is a really fun story that kids and adults should definitely read. It talks about the importance of kindness, friendship, family, bravery and being true to oneself. I do hope this is a series. I would love to read more! Thank you PRH International for the gifted digital ARC. I'm not really sure why I picked a children's book up but I'm so so glad I did. I honestly did not expect my adult self to enjoy it as much as I did! I was hooked! This is a really fun story that kids and adults should definitely read. It talks about the importance of kindness, friendship, family, bravery and being true to oneself. I do hope this is a series. I would love to read more!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Hodges

    I always enjoy Chris Grabenstein's books and Dog Squad was equally as enjoyable. The short and action filled chapters are sure to hook young and reluctant readers into the story. I loved how this book was inspired by the author's experience of adopting his own dog. Readers are sure to fall in love with Fred as they follow his adventure on and off the screen. This is a great choice for all middle grade readers. I always enjoy Chris Grabenstein's books and Dog Squad was equally as enjoyable. The short and action filled chapters are sure to hook young and reluctant readers into the story. I loved how this book was inspired by the author's experience of adopting his own dog. Readers are sure to fall in love with Fred as they follow his adventure on and off the screen. This is a great choice for all middle grade readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Librarylady

    Chris Grabenstein has another winner with Dog Squad, the first book in a new series that is sure to be a favorite with middle grade readers. Follow the action as Fred, a lovable dog, is adopted and becomes the new star in the TV show Dog Squad. Amazingly, this book is based on the true story of Chris Grabenstein's real dog. Fast paced, action packed, and full of humor, I couldn't put it down and finished the same day I started. Chris Grabenstein has another winner with Dog Squad, the first book in a new series that is sure to be a favorite with middle grade readers. Follow the action as Fred, a lovable dog, is adopted and becomes the new star in the TV show Dog Squad. Amazingly, this book is based on the true story of Chris Grabenstein's real dog. Fast paced, action packed, and full of humor, I couldn't put it down and finished the same day I started.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This was extremely cute! I really like Fred and thought he was a good hero for this book. In terms of story, this is similar to the Prince and the Pauper tale. I also loved this line and I think it should be part of a motivational poster: "Fear has two meanings...Forget Everything And Run. Or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours." Isn't that a great line?! Verdict: This book was a worthwhile read. This was extremely cute! I really like Fred and thought he was a good hero for this book. In terms of story, this is similar to the Prince and the Pauper tale. I also loved this line and I think it should be part of a motivational poster: "Fear has two meanings...Forget Everything And Run. Or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours." Isn't that a great line?! Verdict: This book was a worthwhile read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather Prince

    Really solid book for kids. We read it to my son and he immediately asked if there was a sequel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna Higgins

    I couldn't stop reading! Dog Squad is one adventure after another. I cannot wait to read it with my students this summer! They are going to be in dog heaven. I couldn't stop reading! Dog Squad is one adventure after another. I cannot wait to read it with my students this summer! They are going to be in dog heaven.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! Cute book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Murtaza Kuwarawala

    Title - Dog Squad Author - Chris Grabenstein Genre - Middle Grade Received an e-arc from NetGalley. Thank you so much Penguin Books Plot: Dog Squad is the story of Fred, an average dog who looks upto Duke, a superhero dog on TV. What he doesn't realise earlier is that he is apparently a lookalike of Duke and when he gets thrown into a kennel, his life is going to change forever. He is then taken in as Duke since Duke is injured and how he wins everyone's heart in this adventurous novel. My thoughts Title - Dog Squad Author - Chris Grabenstein Genre - Middle Grade Received an e-arc from NetGalley. Thank you so much Penguin Books Plot: Dog Squad is the story of Fred, an average dog who looks upto Duke, a superhero dog on TV. What he doesn't realise earlier is that he is apparently a lookalike of Duke and when he gets thrown into a kennel, his life is going to change forever. He is then taken in as Duke since Duke is injured and how he wins everyone's heart in this adventurous novel. My thoughts on the book: My reviews for Middle Grade books are generally not that long since they need to be read to experience. The book does manage to bring that little smile on your face throughout eventhough you generally know what comes next. What's even more heart melting is the story of author's dog Fred upon whom the titular character is based, who ultimately found his furever home. So if you are looking for a thrilling Middle Grade book for you or your kids, this one won't disappoint one bit. On the contrary, your child might ask you to adopt one little friend for themselves.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Ohio Digital Library copy Fred once had a good home with Susan, but when she got engaged, he ended up in a shelter, and then with Tony Bomboloni, who just wants to train him as a vicious guard dog and sell him for big money. Fred's one joy is watching the television show Dog Squad, starring Duke, Nala, and Scruffy as dogs who help fight injustice and save the day. When he runs afoul of Tony, however, he is kicked out. He runs into tough dogs Dozer and Petunia, and eventually ends up in a shelter. Ohio Digital Library copy Fred once had a good home with Susan, but when she got engaged, he ended up in a shelter, and then with Tony Bomboloni, who just wants to train him as a vicious guard dog and sell him for big money. Fred's one joy is watching the television show Dog Squad, starring Duke, Nala, and Scruffy as dogs who help fight injustice and save the day. When he runs afoul of Tony, however, he is kicked out. He runs into tough dogs Dozer and Petunia, and eventually ends up in a shelter. When he and a chihuahua put on a little dance, he comes to the attention of Jenny Yen and her niece Abby, who are looking for dogs with a bit of a spark to include in a Broadway production. Fred is thrilled to be chosen and meet his idol, but the play doesn't go as he hoped. Duke has broken a leg, and since Fred is a ringer for him, he goes to a grocery store opening posing as the Dog Squad member, and manages to save the day in more ways than one. He ends up standing in for Duke in a lot of episodes, and Jenny and the producers as pleased because he does a better job than Duke, who is fairly unpleasant most of the time. Another dog is added to the show, Tater Tot, and Fred mentors. When Duke breaks two more legs, it's decided that Fred will take over permanently. Duke doesn't like this, and enlists the Chow Cha-Cha to sabotage Fred's performances, and causes Fred's competence to be called into question. When the Dog Squad faces real danger, will Fred be able to save the day? Strengths: My favorite thing is some of the philosophy that Fred learns, such as: FEAR can either stand for Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise, and there's a lot of talk (as the dogs have to do things that are scary, even if they are the film version of scary) about courage being doing what needs to be done even when one is afraid. Of course, Jenny and her Second Chance Ranch full of rescue dogs with special talents is fantastic. Fred's story is compelling, and there are a variety of interesting characters, both dogs and humans, in the story. I like the comparison to Bolt (2008), although I doubt that anyone remembers that movie anymore. Weaknesses: At first, I thought this would be something like Katt vs. Dogg, which just rubbed me the wrong way. I'm glad that this ended up being better than I expected! I was a little disappointed in the slight stereotyping around Tony. What I really think: Definitely purchasing, since this has a good mix of dogs, television production, and mystery. It's great that Fred is based on Grabenstein's own late dog, Fred, who came into his life because of a trainer who picked up strays for use in stage productions and then rehomes them!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute book, though definitely not my favorite from Chris Grabenstein. The super short chapters and quick action make it a good choice for both younger and reluctant readers. I did really like the premise, and that it was based on a true story of how Grabenstein came to adopt his own dog. I also liked the Paw-Patrol-meets-Bolt storyline and think fans of that show or that movie will particularly enjoy this b I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute book, though definitely not my favorite from Chris Grabenstein. The super short chapters and quick action make it a good choice for both younger and reluctant readers. I did really like the premise, and that it was based on a true story of how Grabenstein came to adopt his own dog. I also liked the Paw-Patrol-meets-Bolt storyline and think fans of that show or that movie will particularly enjoy this book. Overall, I am not sure that established fans of Grabenstein will love it, but it just might open the door for new readers to discover him.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Al Burke

    My son loved this, but he said there was one major problem with it. It set up a sequel but there's no sign of one. I realise it was released in 2021, but please make another one. My son loved this, but he said there was one major problem with it. It set up a sequel but there's no sign of one. I realise it was released in 2021, but please make another one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    BlueDragon

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Donohue

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany N Wilson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gene Macy

  23. 5 out of 5

    FoxInTheSnow

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maximilian K.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  26. 5 out of 5

    Luca S

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rick Stuckwisch

  28. 5 out of 5

    Taran

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim Smith

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