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Basil of Baker Street: The Great Mouse Detective, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Classic, cute series about Sherlock-like mouse sleuth.

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First published in the 1950s, Eve Titus' clever tale of a Sherlock Holmes-inspired, crime-stopping mouse delighted generations of readers, inspired a movie, and returns to delight fans old and new. It's a good introduction to the concept of detectives and crime-solving, with many references to the original Holmes stories. Some scary moments may be too much for sensitive youngsters, especially the fact that two little girls are kidnapped by evil mice known as the Terrible Three, but no real harm comes to anyone.

Victorian-era narrative and lots of dialect offer entertaining read-aloud opportunities. Illustrator Paul Galdone's endearing images of Victorian mice add to the fun.

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