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My dog is better than your dog

Crime biters! ;
My dog is better than your dog
Publisher Info:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Crime biters! ; 1

Crime biters! ; [bk. 1]
Jimmy Bishop likes crime fighters, vampires, and dogs, and he does not care for his new babysitter, so he is delighted when his new dog, Abby--who sleeps during the day, and grows huge fangs at night--turns out to be a crime-fighting, vampire dog, who also does not like the babysitter.
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Jimmy Bishop loves doing 3 things:

1) Laughing at funny dog videos online,

2) watching his favorite show (Stop! Police!) on TV,

3) and reading his favorite vampire book (Fang Goodness) over and over.

His self-involved older sister and workaholic Mom think he needs to stop obsessing already! But when his Dad finally allows Jimmy to get a puppy before school starts, everything changes and Jimmy has something new to focus on: his amazing dog, Abby who seems to have some very unusual habits. She sleeps all day but is wired at night, and she runs from the garlic kelp biscuit made by Jimmy's strange new babysitter Mrs. Cragg. There's just something different about Abby. Could she possibly be...a vampire? Jimmy's best friend Irwin thinks Jimmy's being ridiculous, but then when Abby uncovers a real crime in progress and helps him become friends with an actual, human girl, even Irwin has to admit that perhaps Abby might have some super powers after all.

Author Notes

Tommy Greenwald is the author of the Crimebiters series (about a crime-fighting, superhero, vampire dog named Abby) and the Charlie Joe Jackson series (about the most reluctant reader ever born.) Tommy lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cathy; his kids, Charlie, Joe and Jack; and his dogs, Coco and Abby. Abby is not necessarily a crimefighting vampire dog -- but she makes Tommy and his family very, very happy, which is definitely a kind of superpower when you think about it. Visit him at

Adam Stower has illustrated many books for children including the Crimebiters series by Tommy Greenwald. He studied illustration at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at the University of Brighton. He lives with his daughter in Brighton, England. You can visit him at

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Balancing a caustic friendship, a first crush, bullying, and snarky sibling dynamics (not to mention a potentially paranormal new pet), Greenwald (the Charlie Joe Jackson books) gets his Crimebiters! series off to a peppy start. Eleven-year-old Jimmy Bishop is obsessed with vampire novels and TV crime-fighting shows, and has long wanted a dog. When his work-consumed parents finally give in, Jimmy adopts a mutt named Abby from a shelter, soon realizing that she sleeps all day, sneaks out his bedroom window at night-and has impressive fangs. Could Abby actually be a "crime-fighting vampire dog"? Yes or no, the dog has a chance to demonstrate her heroic skills during a showdown with a villain who has stolen Jimmy's mother's diamond necklace. Lively dialogue and brief chapters punctuated by Jimmy's wry observations keep the story moving swiftly, while Stower's cartoons underline the comedic wisdom of some of the facts Jimmy collects ("Fact: Adults never eat the disgusting stuff they feed you.") and the madcap action that unfolds. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Jimmy is obsessed with two things an old crime show and a series of books about a misunderstood vampire. The one thing he wants more than anything, though, is a dog. When his busy, distracted parents allow him to get a dog just when they hire an oddball babysitter, the boy's obsessions come together: he is convinced his dog is a nighttime creature with a penchant for investigating what the babysitter is really up to. Friends and family think Jimmy is surely overimaginative, but is he? Readers will have to decide as the plot links together the local bully's dad, who owns a babysitting service, and some neighborhood robberies. Light and fun, the real appeal is in the bond between Jimmy and the mutt, Abby. Will she prove to be the hero he thinks she is? And will his neighborhood friends put aside their initial doubts to help him form a CrimeBiters' gang? Stower's spot illustrations add to the fun, mystery-­solving atmosphere. Obviously there will be more adventures to come.--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist