Hunt for the Golden Bone (Jasper and Scruff)

Jasper is a smart kitty who enjoys the finer things in life. Scruff, on the other hand, is a mucky pup who enjoys simple things like chasing balls. Although an unlikely pairing, this dynamic duo make for wonderful friends and even run a bookshop together.

After discovering a treasure map in a book written by the great Black Whiskers, Jasper and Scruff set out to find the legendary Golden Bone. However, all may not be as it seems, especially when their old enemies, the Sophisticats, might be involved.

A fun story, with many twists and turns, this is a brilliant book for new readers taking the jump from picturebooks. As well as being an exciting adventure, the book explores the importance of friendship. With smart and snappy dialogue and puns galore, this book will encourage lots of laughter.

However, what really makes this book shine, is the illustrations. Using a two-colour palette, Irish illustrator Nicola Colton, has created her own fantastical world, with a hint of Richard Scarry. Using textures and simple colours, the characters are fun and funny. This is the second book about Jasper and Scruff, but there is bound to be more adventures on the horizon.