Sam Hannigan lives in Clobberstown with her half cracked but lovely Nanny Gigg and her horrible, mean older brother, Bruno. Sam loves Irish dancing and is amazing at it. She has a competition coming up and can’t wait for it. Her friend Ajay comes to practice with Sam. When they finish, Sam has an idea.
Sam’s granddad was an inventor and one of his inventions is the Brainswap 3000. Sam gets Ajay to brainswap her with Barker, her neighbour’s dog, as a prank, but when they have finished the prank, Ajay realises the Brainswap 3000 is not charged so Ajay checks the instructions and sees that it needs 4 days to charge. Sam is stuck as a dog for 4 days!
And in those four days, Sam goes viral, she is everywhere! She says she is collecting for charity for homeless dogs, but not everything in those four days goes well.
I think this book was very good and has great characters. My favourite character comes later in the story, he is called Stinker the sausage dog, but I don’t want to give too much away. I love how things just keep happening so you never get bored with the story.
I thought the book would be for younger kids, because of the book cover, but I am 10 and I loved it. I’d recommend this book for ages 9-11. I think boys and girls would enjoy this story. I really liked the pictures but I found some of them a little strange. I’ve never read any book by Alan Nolan before but he is a great author and illustrator. I give this book an 8 out of 10 and 3 stars.
By Ava, aged 10
Disclaimer: The book was provided by the publisher, O’Brien Press, free of charge to Seomra Ranga for the purposes of this review