When the kitchen in their new home is turned topsy-turvy, Mama and Daddy are alerted to the fact that Poky the Beagle is not the only animal residing there. Of course, Poky has already discovered the previous resident, a hamster named Charlie, who has been raiding the dog's bowl. Generous Poky takes pity on the rodent and decides to share his food and to help his new pal avoid traps. A video camera enables the adults to discover the new friendship and to provide a proper place in their home for Charlie. Four simple episodes make this a solid choice for beginning chapter-book readers. The caring canine and his playful, energetic friend are characters whom children can recognize and care about. Simple and colorful cartoon drawings add to the story's charm.–Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Something is up! Poky the beagle can smell it. Someone took food from his bowl. Who could be the thief? Read about Poky’s big surprise in this funny easy reader for pet lovers.