Sherlock Chick and the Case of the Night Noises by Robert Quackenbush. Aladdin, 9781534415249, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is the perfect story for children who love a little suspense — and also enjoy solving a mystery! This story begins in the middle of the night in a farmyard. All of the animals are awakened by a loud sound coming from the barn. Sherlock Chick heads out to investigate, but the only clue is a tin pail on the ground next to a red rubber ball. Putty, the farmer’s cat, comes along and feels everyone should stay awake and discuss the issue and solve this mystery–but the other farm animals just want to go back to sleep. This same thing happens for two more nights–there is a loud noise and Putty wants to have a discussion to solve the mystery. After some questioning, a few false leads, and a confession, Sherlock Chick helps uncover the culprit. As it turns out, Putty was creating the noise just so he could have some company in the night. The nighttime noises stop once Putty decides to change his sleeping schedule!
This is a fun story for young children because there are enough clues for them to slowly figure out who might be causing all the noise in the night. This is one of those books where an adult might want to stop the reading and encourage the child to think about who might be making all the noise–it creates a fun little guessing game.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and seven years old, especially a child who loves a little mystery in their books.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and seven years old.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Book
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: March 7, 2021