Review! The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg

30 Aug

shelbyThe Great Shelby Holmes

By Elizabeth Eulberg

256 pages – ages 9+

Will be published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 6, 2016

Synopsis from publisher- “Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen-always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes.

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that’ll take both their talents to crack.”

What I Thought- First off, I just want to say that I appreciate that the book parallels the Sherlock Holmes stories, while not mirroring them. It is more of a referencing, with obvious ones being the name of Shelby’s dog, Sir Arthur, after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes books, along with John Watson, and him wanting an alias name of Sherlock Holmes. But there are more subtle ones, such as the apartment building the two share is 221 Baker Street – the building the original Holmes and Watson shared. But then it is its own story. There is a good amount of intrigue, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Shelby is an interesting character, and you are always trying to figure her out. I really enjoyed this first book, and want to read another!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

7 Responses to “Review! The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg”

  1. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews September 1, 2016 at 3:11 am #

    I’ve like nearly every book that referenced Sherlock Holmes. The great detective must have a way of improving these stories. This one looks terrific. Nice review, Erik.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

      Sherlock Holmes is always good, and it’s nice that people don’t really “mess up” the character.


  2. Ink smeared page September 4, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting read


  3. annadailyreads November 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Just reading the synopsis makes me want to read the book. It sounds like a very good plot.



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