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Saturday, 11 May 2019

Review: Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

The star of Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery is a skeleton. A bird skeleton named Sherlock, who lives in the Museum of Natural History.

Sherlock's sidekick is Watts, a stuffed parrot who is a rather silent partner.

And there's also Grace the raccoon, who occassionally pops up to help out (or not).

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery is a junior graphic novel, presented in paperback format, and drawn completely in black and white.

In it Sherlock and Watts spend their nights attempting to uncover who stole the famous, precious blue diamond.

As they wander through the museum, the reader gets to see the exhibits, all from Sherlock's point of view.

Sherlock and Watts do find themselves in a bit of trouble, as they try to keep themselves hidden from the security guard on duty.

Aside from the diamond, there are other things missing, too. Are they connected? Who is the thief?

This is a departure in style from Renee Treml's other books for children, which are more traditional picture books. Inspired by her own visit to museums, and the drawings she created from them, it shows her fantastic illustrative skill in a new way, and incorporates humour that will appeal to young readers.

With Sherlock's running commentary (he does like to talk), and the comic strip style illustrations, Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery is a great book for beginning and newly independent readers.

Title:  Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery
Author/Illustrator: Renee Treml 
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $14.99
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760523954
For ages: 6 - 9 years
Type: Graphic Novel

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