Parents' Guide to

The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Holmes in top form vs. spectral hound on the moor.

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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

13 y/o daughter not interested

The content is appropriate for 10 and up. I’m very conservative in general. The language is old, the imagery is good, the mystery was kind of boring. My 13 year old had to read it for Brave Learner homeschool curriculum and she kept trying to avoid it and read something else. To each his own. But maybe check it out of a library before spending $ on it.
age 16+

Review of The Hound of the Baskervilles

I had found out about The Hound of the Baskervilles through the novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” Hearing that it was a Sherlock Holmes series, I immediately thought I should read it, considering I am a huge fan of the Holmes movies. The book did not disappoint. It included sparks of mystery, while keeping the eerie mood throughout the novel. The reader never has a chance to relax with the constant tension build up, making it impossible to put the book down. Dr. Watson served as an excellent complimentary character to Holmes and was the narrator of the incredible acts of Sherlock Holmes. He was able to capture all of their encounters in a way that could paint vivid pictures in the minds of readers. All in all, I understand completely as to why people regard this book as one of Arthur Conan Doyle's bests, it was an exceptional book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Is It Any Good?

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There's a pretty good case to be made that this is Holmes at his finest; in any case, it's a great introduction to the master detective and his faithful chronicler. The plot moves along at a good pace, the quality of the writing is excellent (even if Watson and Doyle are a bit wordy by today's standards), and none of the potential pitfalls that crop up elsewhere in the canon and might require parental intervention, from Mormon-bashing to drug use, is in evidence here. Holmes and Watson are well portrayed and have some classic, character-defining interactions.

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