The Underdogs Fake It Till They Make It (Underdogs #2)

by Kate Temple (Author) Shiloh Gordon (Illustrator)

The Underdogs Fake It Till They Make It (Underdogs #2)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Underdogs

"The Underdogs will have young readers HOWLING with laughter, SNIFFING for clues, and BARKING with delight." --Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, creators of the Real Pigeons series

Perfect for fans of comical animal do-gooders like The Bad Guys, The InvestiGators, and The Chicken Squad, this hilarious chapter book series follows a group of bumbling dog detectives and their newest recruit--a cat! In this second case, the Underdogs must sniff out the identity of an art forger.

Crime is on the rise in Dogtown, and it's all thanks to a mysterious art forger! They've stolen one of Puplo Picasso's masterpieces out of a museum and swapped it with a fake. Such a big case would normally go to the Top Dog detectives, but they're out of town on vacation . . .

So it's time to call in the Underdog Detective Agency: with Barkley the German shepherd, Carl the Chihuahua, Dr. Spots the Dalmatian, and Fang . . . the cat. (Yes, a cat!) What the Underdogs lack in skill, they make up for in grit and determination. And they are determined to catch the culprit and prove they are the best sleuths in town.

Can Fang, Barkley, and the others solve the case before the thief strikes again or the Top Dogs return from their trip? You'll have to read to find out in this paws-itively hilarious mystery!

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Review quotes

"The Underdogs will have young readers HOWLING with laughter, SNIFFING for clues and BARKING with delight." —Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, creators of Real Pigeons Fight Crime
Kate Temple
Kate and Jol Temple love to write silly books for kids! Some of them rhyme and others do not, but all of them have pictures because pictures are cool and anyone who says they're not is a two-headed yeti. Their books have won several awards, such as the 2020 Charlotte Huck Award at NCTE. The Underdogs is their debut chapter book series. Kate and Jol live in Sydney, Australia, with their two sons and a dog that thinks it's a racoon. You can learn more about them all at and follow them @KateJolTemple on Instagram.

Shiloh Gordon has a passion for creating lively, engaging illustrations that are full of character and fun. He has a degree in animation from the Queensland College of Art and has worked as a professional illustrator for over twenty years. The Underdogs is his debut chapter book series. Shiloh lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife and three kids, who are an endless source of fun and inspiration. You can follow him on Instagram @ShilohIllustration.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 15, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Mystery and detective stories
Private investigators
Funny animal stories

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