Friday, May 4, 2012

The Neighborhood Stink

The Neighborhood Stink (Joe Sherlock #000002)
Dave Keene
Harper Collins, 2006
$12.99, LB
February 17th, 2012

Genre: Mystery
Age: 7+
Description: Joe Sherlock loves solving mysteries so much everyone, including his parents, just call him Sherlock. In his second case, The Neighborhood Stink, Mrs. Fefferland loves her yard so much she can’t stand anyone messing with it. When a mysterious dog seems to keep getting in and pooping among her prize-winning flowers she hires Joe to discover which neighborhood dog is the culprit. Can Joe solve the mystery?
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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