About the Book:
He may be the world’s greatest escape artist
But sometimes, even Houdini bites off more than he can chew.
Houdini loves running away from home, barking at joggers, garbage bins – and Tess. But when he meets the evil Leslie Balfour QC, things go pear-shaped. Can Tess – helped by local bully and criminal-in-training Big Steph – find Houdini before it’s too late? Or are Houdini’s escaping days over – for good?
Targeted Age Group: 6-10
“You bad dog! You VERY bad dog! NO!”
So unfair! What am I supposed to do, just let the guy get away? So maybe he says he’s out for a jog – but in my book, you don’t run away unless you’ve done something, do you. I bet that man is up to no good. I bet he’s just mugged someone or ripped off their handbag. He looks like the handbag ripping type. But I’ve got him rounded up now. Don’t worry, you’re safe with me patrolling the neighbourhood…
“Get away from me you stinking mutt!”
The mugger aims a kick at me and I jump back out of harm’s way – but I’m not worried. Hey, when you’ve got a belly that size, you move pretty slow. If I had a belly like that, I wouldn’t wear red track pants – and I’d wear a bigger tee shirt. Not that I wear tee shirts… Girl did once buy me a pink coat. I ate it.
“Houdini! Come here! Come here right now!”
It’s not easy keeping a big fat crim like this under arrest without handcuffs- but I am a trained neighbourhood watch dog. So I keep on running in circles and barking ‘Stay right there! Put your hands up in the air!’ But he doesn’t seem to get my drift. Out comes the foot again, and that’s when I go for the clinch.
I don’t bite. Don’t get me wrong. Hardly ever – only that one time when Girl’s Dad tried to take my bone away, and then I said sorry. Which didn’t stop him locking me in the shed. Anyway, it’s not his ankle I’ve got, it’s the corner of his shiny red pants – when suddenly, Girl’s Dad pounces on me and grabs me by the collar. I don’t know who invented collars – but as far as I’m concerned, they’re a handicap. How can I do my job properly if any criminal can just reach down and interrupt the course of justice!
“I’m so sorry, he doesn’t usually do this,” says Girl’s Dad in an apologetic voice. What does he mean? Of course I usually do it. It’s my job!