spaniel-story-cover.jpg In this latest book for children age 5-10 by Sharon Ellsberry, the Spaniel Family has a new adventure when a ghost invades their home. They call in a ghost hunter, who soon discovers the ghost is really Moe, the mole. Whew, what a relief, but that doesn’t last long. The “ghost” then tells a spooky story and leads the Spaniel family to a house where something mysterious is going on. In fact, something mysterious is going on all over town.


The Spaniel family, Maggie, Joe, and Daisy decide that they must solve this mystery, so they follow Moe to the abandoned house. Jaba the Mutt, the bulldog ghost-buster, goes along, but he prefers to ride in the wagon instead of walking all that way. That makes it hard for the Spaniel family as they have to tote him in a wagon all the way while trying to follow the “trail” left by Moe as he tunnels underground to find the old house. Once there, however, Jaba jumps out of the wagon and assumes control, using his “ghost finding equipment” to determine what is in that dark cellar.


This is a clever, well-written story with an engaging mystery and a surprising, yet pleasing resolution. A great deal of attention has been paid to making the prose lyrical and appealing to young readers – and older readers. Kids of all ages will absolutely love Jaba the Mutt, and the similarity with the Star Wars character is unmistakable.  The pencil illustrations by Amy Fox are detailed and delightful,  pulling the reader deeper into the story and bringing it to life.


The Spaniel Family books are noted for the engaging characters, delightful prose, as well as poems and songs that young readers can enjoy. Even though the books are geared toward readers age 5-10, they are also the kind of books that parents and grandparents can enjoy reading to young people.


Children’s book author Sharon Ellsberry is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and participates in several writers critique groups. In addition to, The Mystery of the Spaniel Family’s Dog House, she has authored two more books in this series: The Spaniel Family Goes to the State Fair and The Spaniel Family’s Pen Pal Adventure, which was a Finalist for the children’s book award at the 2008 North Texas Book Festival.


Ellsberry has self-published the books and all of them are available through her Web site. The Mystery of the Spaniel Family’s Dog House is available from now until September 15th, 2009, at a special introductory price of $5.00 (tax included). After September 15th, 2009, the price will be $7.00 (tax included).


The Mystery of the Spaniel Family’s Dog House

By Sharon Ellsberry

Illustrated by Amy Fox

ISBN: ISBN:978-0-9790777-1-5


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