Sweet rehab: Thieving dogs leave the life to run cafe

In Tracey Corderoy’s new book, “Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam,” the canine title characters prove to be bungling burglars and — with the help of talented illustrator Steven Lenton — perfectly irresistible, too. Desperate for a big score, the thieving pooches bake up a storm of treats, invite their neighbors over for tea, and then set about robbing their homes. Luckily, Shifty’s and Sam’s pack of adorable friends see through their ruse, catch them in the act, quickly forgive, and encourage them to capitalize on their baking talent by opening a cafe.

Recommended for readers ages 4–7, the whimsical book has unexpected twists, turns, and suspense.

“Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam” by Tracey Corderoy, $14.99, www.amazon.com.

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