Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? Basil of Baker Street is back! This reprinted edition starts with an appealing cover and launches readers directly into this wild west adventure. Titus writes in a way that makes the plot easy to grasp for young readers, but still fun and exciting for older readers; the stories have a balance of childhood innocence and the element of surprise. And, in the tradition of the original Sherlock stories, we are treated to more than one mystery, from a scoundrel of a smuggler to a puzzling stampede of ponies to a haunted hotel, allowing readers to further enjoy and become familiar with the cute humor, lovable characters, and the idea of how to solve a mystery like the great Sherlock or Basil!
Anything you didn’t like about it? The book is very dialog heavy at points and often more complex than many early readers may be able to handle. While this would be a good challenge for some, it narrows its appeal in terms of levels.
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who enjoy the characters of Geronimo Stilton, the silly adventures of Danny Dragonbreath, the animal appeal of The World According to Humphrey, or just a good mystery. There are plenty pf elements to draw readers from all angles.
Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)
Where would you shelve it ? Junior Fiction or Chapter Books (grades 2-5)
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No. Once you know the basics, you’re ready to recommend it to the right readers.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: November 12, 2016