Children's book lovers will probably recognize the name of Doreen Cronin as the author of several very successful picture books, including Click Clack Moo and Diary of a Spider. This is (I believe) her first attempt at writing longer fiction.
J.J. used to be a rescue dog, but now lives as an "outdoors" dog on a farm. He tries to keep his rescue skills alive by protecting the other farm animals. When a mother hen comes to him and explains that one of her babies has gone missing, J.J. is on the case.
This was cute. J.J. talks like an old fashion gum shoe detective. There are some funny moments when the rival house dog tries to look cool, but is foiled by the cone around his neck. The baby chicks turn out to be more intelligent than they seem at first. It was not an awesome novel, but a decently amusing one for a 6 or 7 year old. (114 p.)