The Beach Dogs
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I couldn't quite come to terms with the way the animals in this tale talked, acted and reacted so much like humans. I guess children can waive this providing the story is fast and exciting which, until the last third, isn't really so in this tale. The rivalry for terrier Zoe's affection between Smoothie Jack mongrel and geriatric Bertram Boxer is a bit dull and slow but the introduction of faithful wolfhound Liam does inject some mystery and later excitement when the animals are trapped on Clany Island and realise that the other hound's patch is not always greener and man is a dog's best friend after all.