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No mystery is too great for super-sleuth Cam Jansen and her amazing photographic memory! Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes...even to a book signing. Cam is waiting in line for a book "pawtograph" from famous TV dog Poochie when he mysteriously disappears and is replaced with an imposter! Can Cam find the real Poochie?  The Cam Jansen books are pe No mystery is too great for super-sleuth Cam Jansen and her amazing photographic memory! Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes...even to a book signing. Cam is waiting in line for a book "pawtograph" from famous TV dog Poochie when he mysteriously disappears and is replaced with an imposter! Can Cam find the real Poochie?  The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades.


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No mystery is too great for super-sleuth Cam Jansen and her amazing photographic memory! Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes...even to a book signing. Cam is waiting in line for a book "pawtograph" from famous TV dog Poochie when he mysteriously disappears and is replaced with an imposter! Can Cam find the real Poochie?  The Cam Jansen books are pe No mystery is too great for super-sleuth Cam Jansen and her amazing photographic memory! Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes...even to a book signing. Cam is waiting in line for a book "pawtograph" from famous TV dog Poochie when he mysteriously disappears and is replaced with an imposter! Can Cam find the real Poochie?  The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades.

30 review for The Mystery of the Television Dog

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Fifth-graders Cam Jansen and Eric Shelton, along with Eric's younger twin sisters, Donna and Diane, attend a book signing with celebrity dog Poochie in this beginning chapter-book mystery. When the man in front of them in line drops a box of dog biscuits, Poochie and Cloudy (the man's own dog) get very excited and chase one another around the bookstore. When the man leaves, Cam discovers that he took Poochie with him, rather than Cloudy. Is it an accident, or is something more sinister afoot...? Fifth-graders Cam Jansen and Eric Shelton, along with Eric's younger twin sisters, Donna and Diane, attend a book signing with celebrity dog Poochie in this beginning chapter-book mystery. When the man in front of them in line drops a box of dog biscuits, Poochie and Cloudy (the man's own dog) get very excited and chase one another around the bookstore. When the man leaves, Cam discovers that he took Poochie with him, rather than Cloudy. Is it an accident, or is something more sinister afoot...? I read quite a few of these Cam Jansen mysteries when I was young - I'd say when I was in third grade or so - and I always enjoyed how Cam and Eric managed to run around town solving puzzles, with little or no parental involvement. It might not have been very realistic - and probably would be considered quite dated today, given the trend of helicopter parenting that has developed in the years since this was first published, in the early 1980s - but it was quite satisfying to me as a child reader. Rereading this as an adult - part of a current project - I found the mystery and adventure here rather slight. That said, young readers just getting going with chapter-books will no doubt find it engaging, just as I did years ago.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leo

    Read in Spanish. How the hell did I read so many books as a child and I have forgotten what happened in 90% of then.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I read this to my first grade class. It was entertaining and not too complicated. The kids could figure out the mystery while enjoying the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) *Please Note that the following review is the general review on the Cam Jansen Mysteries * I loved this series as a kid. I believe I was about 6 to 8 when I read these books and it would be the beginning of my love of mysteries. Cam Jansen, about 10 years old, uses her photographic memory to solve mysteries. They remind me of Agatha Christie novels but for children beginning to read chapter books. I would call these one step above the easy readers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Slayermel

    This is another book that I have been reading with the children in my class during our rest time. This was a perfect book for transitioning into chapter books. The children loved the element of mystery in the story. What happened to the dog? Are they going to switch the dog back? This was a very cute story, and Perfect for the Kindergarten age group.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anya Gupta

    I liked it when Cam was able to find that dogs have been switched because spots were in the wrong place.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    It is a cute book but it gives lots of clues to the readers that hint at the dogs were switched. It’s very easy to read and the story itself is okay. I think besides having a good memory and a smart mind, the main, Cam Jansen, doesn’t really impress me. I think the character was not fully developed or built up in a way that relates to general readers, or to say, more child-like. She has detective mind and doesn’t worry about consequences. I do think it’s usually not recommended for kids to solve It is a cute book but it gives lots of clues to the readers that hint at the dogs were switched. It’s very easy to read and the story itself is okay. I think besides having a good memory and a smart mind, the main, Cam Jansen, doesn’t really impress me. I think the character was not fully developed or built up in a way that relates to general readers, or to say, more child-like. She has detective mind and doesn’t worry about consequences. I do think it’s usually not recommended for kids to solve problems like playing pranks at the bad person’s house, that could lead into real danger. So I don’t think I recommend kids to adopt it, because it’s not realistic to do it in the real world and it’s not safe.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kira Nerys

    I'm not sure why I picked up a used copy of this--nostalgia? I never read Cam Jansen when I was the right age for it (Kindergarten or 1st grade), but I've always been fascinated by her photographic memory. I know Adler dramatized it for the sake of the books, but it's such a fun idea, to remember everything you see. Back when I read this series for the first time, I remember playing make-believe that I too had a photographic memory. The book maintains a vaguely Scooby-Doo feel, despite being more I'm not sure why I picked up a used copy of this--nostalgia? I never read Cam Jansen when I was the right age for it (Kindergarten or 1st grade), but I've always been fascinated by her photographic memory. I know Adler dramatized it for the sake of the books, but it's such a fun idea, to remember everything you see. Back when I read this series for the first time, I remember playing make-believe that I too had a photographic memory. The book maintains a vaguely Scooby-Doo feel, despite being more simplistic and less scary than the TV show can be. (It's the dog-centric story.) The A to Z Mysteries (The Absent Author), a step more difficult to read, offer a similar introduction to the mystery genre. This adventure won't befuddle anyone much but will certainly entertain readers of the right age. And as a dog person, I've gotta say: a dog doesn't suddenly obey a new trainer after a week. C'mon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Cam has a photographic memory, which comes in handy when solving crimes! Cam is in line to get a picture with Poochie, the amazing TV dog star, when a crime happens right in front of her! Poochie has been kidnapped, and it's up to her and her friends to find the dog movie star. This book is great for lovers of mystery, animals, and young detectives. A great chapter book for 3rd graders.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    These are fun mysteries. Cam Jansen has a photographic memory and she uses it to solve mysteries. But she also uses logic and deduction. I like the characters and the mysteries. This one involves a dog napping.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Satrajit Sanyal

    My daughter love the series she is so exited every time she got a new Cam Jensen she first see the title then she start imagine and telling me what might it be and then my little bookworm reads and reads and tell me the whole story by her

  12. 5 out of 5

    Addison

    It's about Cam meeting a famous dog but this man with an identical dog switches the television dog with Cloudy. The man holds the dog for ransom. He shaves the television dog to disguise him. Cam saves the day again. Cloudy was actually a white dog with shoe paint on him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Bennett

    A children's book with childish themes. The kids love them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Powell

    Another great early chapter book for young readers. Cam Jansen and her photographic memory notice that a famous dog is missing. Cam and her friends are on the case to find the missing dog!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mr.Zhou

    Poor Cloudy , I just wondered what happened to Cloudy..

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Baracho

    I read this story to see if my students would like it. It's a simple story. It's a cute mystery that kids should be able to figure out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    This is a great story for kids. It allows them to make predictions and conclusions at a primary level. The characters talk and act their age in this fun mystery.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The original Cam Jansen series follows the exploits of 10-year-old 5th grader Jennifer "the Camera" (aka "Cam") Jansen and her best friend, classmate, and neighbor Eric Shelton. Cam got her nickname because of her photographic memory. All she has to do is say "Click," and Cam can remember everything she's seen, which comes in pretty handy when trying to solve mysteries. David Adler has written several beginning chapter book series, but Cam Jansen is one of the earliest and most successful. He's b The original Cam Jansen series follows the exploits of 10-year-old 5th grader Jennifer "the Camera" (aka "Cam") Jansen and her best friend, classmate, and neighbor Eric Shelton. Cam got her nickname because of her photographic memory. All she has to do is say "Click," and Cam can remember everything she's seen, which comes in pretty handy when trying to solve mysteries. David Adler has written several beginning chapter book series, but Cam Jansen is one of the earliest and most successful. He's been writing the series since 1980 and now writes roughly one volume per year. He has also started a Young Cam Jansen series of even simpler chapter books. Reading level wise, I'd say children they'd interest children from kindergarden through fifth grade who are just starting to read chapter books. I didn't read any of the the young Cam Jansen books, but it looks like they're more limited in scope and probably would be considered "baby books" to anyone beyond 2nd grade. Because the books are so short, I read essentially the first half of the series and the 25th anniversary special "The Valentine Day Baby Mystery" where Cam's mom has twins, ending Cam's only child status, and Eric's mom has her car stolen, only to be returned when Cam's quick thinking discovers the thief. Overall I was surprised at how engaging these stories were. I would totally recommend them to children just starting to read chapter books. The print is big and there are still several black and white drawings scattered throughout the text, making them an easy transition from picture books. Plus, they're well-written enough that I think they can nudge children to move on to better quality titles as they move on to longer chapter books. Of course they're not perfect, though. It seems that adults Cam and Eric interact with choose to not accept Cam's photographic memory only when it's necessary to create tension in the story. Otherwise most adults take for granted that this 10-year-old can solve diamond thefts and bank robberies. Still, it has to be empowering for kids to read about someone close to their age solving mysteries like that. I was also kind of bothered by the way Cam always ends up being right. Sometimes she comes off as a little too cocky and unwilling to listen to others. In nearly every story Eric plays the wet blanket suggesting that they tell an adult what they've discovered rather than trying to catch the bad guy on their own. However Cam always forges ahead and ends up getting her suspect. Again, I'm sure kids love the feeling of accomplishment, but sometimes it feels like Cam's walking the fine line between extreme confidence and recklessness, as in the Chocolate Fudge Mystery where she trespasses into someone's back yard just because she thinks it's weird that no one's home. Her dad and Eric both tell her she shouldn't be doing this, but Cam doesn't care because she's certain there's a mystery to be solved. She turns out be right (there's a bank robber hiding in the house) and her disregard for strangers' privacy is forgotten. And honestly, that's the problem I had with these books when I was little. While it was cool to read about a kid doing cool stuff like solving robberies, I could always tell that the stories weren't quite true to real life. I guess that's why I always preferred stories of kids doing amazing things that were based off real stories like Island of the Blue Dolphins or at least seemed more realistic. My husband, however, loved these books as a kid and said he read every one he could get his hands on when he was younger, so I guess that's at least some proof of their appeal to both sexes. Both libraries I checked these books out from had multiple copies of the titles in this series and even then I had trouble finding all the titles actually on the shelf, so they continue to be popular titles. I think they would be great additions to a school or public library collection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MONICA

    The book it's very nice and interesting to read. My favorite character is: Cam become she is smart and when she wants to remember something she says "click". They were finding Poochie in the story. Thanks, Monica

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    Part of the Cam Jansen chapter book series featuring a fifth-grade girl with a "photographic" memory. These books are not whodunit type of mysteries, but each story contains a conundrum, which Cam's eidetic memory helps to solve. The protagonist and her bff are a bit old for a chapter book. The books in the series are all short, (less than 60 pgs each) quick reads. They can be read independently of one another, and are easily understood if read out of order. Published in the 1980s, the books are Part of the Cam Jansen chapter book series featuring a fifth-grade girl with a "photographic" memory. These books are not whodunit type of mysteries, but each story contains a conundrum, which Cam's eidetic memory helps to solve. The protagonist and her bff are a bit old for a chapter book. The books in the series are all short, (less than 60 pgs each) quick reads. They can be read independently of one another, and are easily understood if read out of order. Published in the 1980s, the books are somewhat dated, mostly in terms of technology (i.e. cameras requiring film that needs developing, pay telephones in boxes, kids running around without a cell phone or any way to contact parents/authorities, etc.). In this book, Cam and her best friend, Eric, discover a dog-switching scheme and go after the perpetrator.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    Another fun mystery in the Cam Jansen series of stories by David A. Adler and Susanna Natti. We've read a lot of these books and our girls love them. The only issue I have with this story is the dangerous situation that Cam and Eric (and his sisters) put themselves into. It's just a story, but I'm sure to discuss with our girls the actions that they should have taken and how what they did was unsafe. In any case, we enjoyed this story and will look for more at our local library. Another fun mystery in the Cam Jansen series of stories by David A. Adler and Susanna Natti. We've read a lot of these books and our girls love them. The only issue I have with this story is the dangerous situation that Cam and Eric (and his sisters) put themselves into. It's just a story, but I'm sure to discuss with our girls the actions that they should have taken and how what they did was unsafe. In any case, we enjoyed this story and will look for more at our local library.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Ho

    This is my another favorite type of book-Mysteries!!! I loved mysteries a lot. This book is about a girl who has great memory to remember things called Cam. She helps the people finds the lost mystery dog and finally, she found it with different type of memories she remembers to help her to figure out who is the people who steal the dog! I love this book because it has different challenges and memories to help us figure out!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This childrens mystery is a great example of how even kids can help solve cases. Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory once again to solve a case, with the help of her freinds of course. Also, I particularly liked that the kids were at a book store ready to get a book signed when the case starts. Many times we hear about adults going to book signs, but this shows kids can get invoved with authors as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elisha

    I guess it's true that mysteries follow Cam Jansen everywhere! Wow, am I glad that they don't follow ME everywhere! (LOL) I learned that we should never, ever take something that isn't ours. (It's called stealing.) Criminals would go such a long way to get riches, fame, or in this case a DOG! (And not just any dog, but a really famous one, too.) He thought he could get away with it with the fake look-alike dog, the wig, and the acting. Well, lesson learned, NEVER mess with Cam Jansen!!! :D

  25. 5 out of 5

    haley

    Cam is a young girl with a photographic memory who solves mysteries with her BFF (whose name I forget). And that's all I can really remember of the series as a whole (in fact, I think this is the only book of the Cam Jansen series I read). In this particular book, the mystery is about a missing dog or something. I'm a bit fuzzy on the details. I did love this when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, so I do recommend to kids in that age group.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    In this book, these two dogs get switched and they both look like each other until Cam solves the mystery! And in this book, this man is trying to get the television dog, so he puts black nail polish on his dog to look like the other dog, so the other dog's trainer will think it's his. Then he'll take the real television dog. It's a good thing that there's Cam Jansen!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy Rancatore

    This is a cute, fun series that my kids have really enjoyed. I love mystery novels, and I think the logic in them is great for kids' brains. Cam is a great little detective! The reason I gave this four stars is the writing is quite stiff in some places and doesn't really flow, and I found at least one flaw in the logic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tisha

    This was actually a really great book to read to the boys. I'd give it 4 stars for the 5-year-old set. They especially loved how the identical twins were able to use their "twin-ness" to trick the dog thief.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Not the best Cam Jansen book we've read. While the others we've read remained mysterious for a few chapters, this one gave away the entire plot in the first chapter. My daughter didn't have much interest in reading after that since she already knew the ending.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Cam solves the mystery of the Television Dog. With her photographic memory Cam is able to tell that the dog left at the bookstore is the wrong dog. She and her friends find the correct dog who had been dognapped. Cute book. Easy reader.

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