My children love reading and we have bookcases full of books at home so that they are always able to grab a book to read. They do however seem to get stuck in a genre rut sometimes so I like to find different books that they might like and try to tempt them to read something different. The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective is, as you would expect a detective story, and this isn't one of their favourite genres so I was interested to see how they would enjoy it. Read on for the full review.
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We were sent The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective by Elizabeth Eulberg to review from Boolino.
This is just the type of book I would encourage my children to read. It's got a strong female protagonist - I'm loving strong female role models at the moment. It's got an interesting storyline too. As you might be able to guess from the title it's based on the adventures of a girl detective, her sidekick Watson and their hunt for a missing dog.
It's dotted with humour and the illustrations that are scattered throughout are brilliant. I think it's a great introduction to the mystery and detective genre for children. I love the way that it is loosely based upon the famous Sherlock Holmes books and I hope it inspires my daughter to read the real Holmes stories in the future.
It also tackles some difficult but relevant issues such as parent's splitting up and moving town. I'm sure many children could identify with these issues.
My eldest is 10 years old, this is what she thought...
"It was funny, adventurous and cool".
Not a bad recommendation! Are there any books that you would recommend for a 10 year old to read?