As you probably know, we absolutely love books. There's nothing better than a rainy day spent on the sofa with a few good books and a cup of tea, and we really enjoy doing crafts related to books, it makes for even more fun!
The other day we read The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog - Master of Disguise by Jeremy Strong. It's about a very speedy dog called Streaker, and his clever owner, Trevor.
In this book, Streaker gets into trouble and Dad wants to send her to Boot Camp. On top of all that, dogs in the neighbourhood keep disappearing. Trevor and his best friend Tina have to come up with a plan.
The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog - Master of Disguise is a fantastic book for children from about age 7. Cai loved this story, there was a lot of actual laughing out loud when people or things got knocked over by Streaker's speedy running, and plenty of guessing about who may be behind the mystery of the disappearing dogs!
In the story, Trevor and Tina have to disguise speedy Streaker to save him from Boot Camp, and there is currently an awesome competition going on over here where you can download a picture of Streaker to disguise, so we thought it would be fun to create our own speedy dog, and disguise him, too!
Wall Runner Dog in Disguise
It's simple and fun to make your own speedy dog. Make two and have a race!
You will need:
Yarn in different colours
Pens or Pencils
Start by drawing the outline of a dog on your card. It doesn't have to be perfect at all, but if you'd like to use a picture of Streaker, you can find one at the moment over on the competition page of Jeremy Strong.
Cut out your dog!
Now it's time to decorate your dog. Give him a nice face and add some details like spots, stripes or other fun details.
Of course we will need to disguise our dogs! Start by cutting the yarn into short strands. Spread glue all over your dog and attach the yarn. You can also give your dog a cool pair of sunglasses, we simply coloured in some white card with a black pen and then cut out the glasses.
When your whole dog is covered in fur you can add other details, we added a red felt tongue, but you can add things such as bows or a shiny collar.
Now we will turn our dog into a super speedy wall racer! Cut two small pieces from your straw and tape them to the back of the dog.
Thread the ends of a long bit of yarn through the straws, keeping the middle of the yarn at the top.
Hang the wall racing dog on a hook and, with the dog near the bottom, hold both ends of the string tightly, one in each hand. Gently pull first one side, then the other. Your speedy dog will start to move up on the string!
Make two and race together with a friend!
We had lots of fun reading this brilliant book about The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog, and we loved creating our very own super speedy dog in disguise! I hope you do, too!
Here are some other fantastic Jeremy Strong books, really worth trying if you like books with just enough action to not be too scary, but still be entertaining and super funny!