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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140633426X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406334265
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 2 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Waddell is a journalist and author of more than a twenty works of fiction and non-fiction. His first crime novel, The Blood Detective, was nominated for three debut awards, included the celebrated CWA New Blood Dagger, and has been published in five countries. He is also the author of the bestselling guide that accompanied the award-winning BBC TV series, Who Do You Think You Are?

An exiled Yorkshireman, Dan has been a cricket fanatic since he witnessed his first England batting collapse aged six. He was a talented junior batsman, played representative cricket for Yorkshire and was even once, briefly, on the payroll of the county club itself. After being lost to journalism for several years, he made a misguided comeback and now captains Acton 2nd XI in the Middlesex County League where, in between taking painkillers, he tries and fails to pass on sage advice to young players. He covered two seasons of county cricket for The Daily Telegraph and his first ever published work was the history of BBC TV's cricket coverage, And Welcome to the Highlights, where he got to interview David Gower, Richie Benaud and his boyhood hero, Geoffrey Boycott. It has been downhill ever since...

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Lift the flaps, follow the clues and be like Sherlock Holmes in this interactive guide to becoming a detective.

About the Author

Dan Waddell started his writing career selling stories to the tabloids before becoming a sports writer for BBC books. He is a keen genealogist and is the author of Who Do You Think You Are? Be a Family Tree Detective (ISBN 9781406327885), and two further TV tie-in books for the hit BBC TV series of the same name. He has recently published two genealogy-related crime novels, The Blood Atonement and The Blood Detective. This is his second book for children. Dan lives in London, W4.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2012
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In cartoon style identical to the cover this is quite a grown up "lift the flaps" book for children of about 7+ I would say. The book includes all you need to make a periscope, as well as an ink pad for finger prints. It's all good fun stuff with plenty of "how to" detective tips, eg making invisible ink from lemon juice,and a footprint from plaster of paris (trip to the craft shop required. There are also lots of little mini-books within the book eg the rules of surveillance and how to make a wanted poster.

My eight year old enjoyed this book, however she struggled a bit to read the handwritten bits "from the casebook of sherlock holmes" and neither of us could actually solve the pull out detective case from the front of the book - luckily the answer as to whodunnit is hidden in the book. All in all a nice interactive and interesting book that is quite well done and interesting for a confident free-reader. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 4 Dec. 2012
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When I was a youngster I was given a kit that allowed me to pretend to work in a Post Office; I would stamp parcels, give out money, make people queue for hours. I had the tools to work in a Post Office, but I didn't know what I was meant to do. `How to be a Detective' has taken this idea, but put it towards being a detective and although the various pieces of equipment may not be on offer, you do get a lot of genuinely useful information on how to be a detective from finger print analysis to building up a profile of your suspects.

`How to be a Detective' is an incredibly informative piece of nonfiction and will suit the sort of absorbent child who loves to read absolutely everything on the page. To increase their excitement Dan Waddell has included loads of pockets and hidden areas that give the book an interactive feel; `The Jolly Postman', but with fewer letters and more analysis of crime procedure. There is an impressive amount of data in this book that could act as a catalyst to create many future police officers.

One area that is slightly lower standard is some of the illustrations by Jim Smith. The quality of pictures are more naïve than the book itself. The paper is of a high gloss and looks really good, a shame that the mini detective on it looks like a poor man's Inspector Clouseau. Despite some of the piccys not being brilliant, `How to be a Detective' is still a great book for inquisitive minds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue K VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2012
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The book is bright, cheery and attractive, a good interactive book with loads of flaps that made it more interesting and great fun. Everyone really enjoyed all the investigations and experiments of which there is a least one on every double page.

The mystery you need to solve is on a pull-out at the front of the book. It was a little too quick and simple for the two older children (aged 10 and 12) who wished that there had been a more in-depth mystery with various fingerprints, writing styles, footprints etc in various scenes/snapshots around the crime. There is a fact file dossier of police information for them to use and there are other clues and witness statements for them to think about too - using more of the skills learnt throughout the book. The finger printing kit is included but you will need supply a lipstick, plaster of Paris for making a footprint and plenty of colouring pencils.

There was stuff in the book the 5 year old could do and enjoy yet enough stuff to interest the 10 and 12 year old.

N.B. The whole family will be fingerprinted, made to wear lipstick for mouth printing and loads more - great unless you are a the criminal!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2012
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From the moment I gave this book to my eight year old son, he was immediately engaged with it. There is an introductory letter from Sherlock Holmes in the front cover, plus a case to investigate (The Case of the Missing Moaning Jenny) and loads of things to make and do - from a cut out periscope to fingerprinting. This great book has flaps and 'things to do' on every page - how to analyse a crime scene, take fingerprints, investigate those footprints that pesky thief may have left beneath the window, rules of surveillance, alibis and how to make a Wanted poster. It is often difficult to find books that interest and delight boys of 7+, but this is certainly a winner. Great fun and would make a fantastic present - sure to be of interest long after those more expensive toys have been played with and discarded...
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By E. Ramshaw VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2012
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I remembered trying to be a spy/detective when i was younger making my parents hand over fingerprints and trying to dust talc everywhere and sticky tape use beyond belief so couldnt wait to see how this book lived up to my memories of being a kid.
i wasnt disapointed , the overall look of the book is bright and encourages the child to open and enjoy ( just as i did)the illustrations used through out are fabulous and fun and the way things are written are easy to understand and read for any child who enjoys reading and i would say this is aimed at approx 8 and above.
inside the cover theres a letter from sherlock homes in a neat little envelope as well as a press out ink pad ( great start as i never had one ), the second page has a large file to open which contains detective tools, these include mirror card, a top tips poster and how to make a periscope.the rest of the pages all have lifting flaps etc with other exciting info like how to analyse a crime scene, lip and shoe prints, disguise,surveillance and so much moreit even shows you how to make invisible ink. i think id be hard pushed to hand this over to any child !!! oh to be 8 again
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