Friday, May 4, 2012

The Headless Mummy

The Headless Mummy (Joe Sherlock Case #000004)
Dave Keene
Harper Collins, 2007
$15.99, Hardcover
February 24th, 2012

Genre: Mystery
Age: 7+
Description: Mr. Klopper hires Joe to help him find his head! Not Mr. Klopper’s head but the missing head of a 4,000 year old mummy. A scandal will happen at the museum unless Joe can find the priceless artifact.
Opinion: I picked up these books because of the Sherlock Holmes angle as I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I enjoy reading books that play on that theme. I loved these books. Joe Sherlock is great for kids who like mysteries and especially for boys due to some instances of gross/crude humor. The text is a non-traditional font (kind of like handwriting but not) that adds to the fun atmosphere of the series while illustrations adorn nearly every page. The books are around 120 pages with a lot of short chapters (usually around 30) which are usually two to three pages long. The humor is hilarious and it is fun to see Joe get outshined by his annoying younger sister but in the end he always saves the day and solves the mystery.

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