Emil And The Detectives (Red Fox Classics) Paperback – 5 Apr 2001
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"First published in 1929, this is an exciting story about a boy who loses some money and, along with a group of new friends, manages to corner the thief." (Michael Rosen S Magazine, Sunday Express)
"Emil is a wonder... the book had, and still has, the effect of making me feel part of Emil's little gang of boys... Emil and the Detectives is a little masterpiece... Read it and you will be happy" (Maurice Sendak)
"The main pleasure of the book is in the way in which it plays to the fantasy of omnipotence in a child: that a team of kids could really organise themselves into a team of detectives and catch a thief" (Michael Rosen Guardian)
"The perfect introduction to the world of fictional crime detection" (Independent)
The classic tale of a boy turned detective in order to track down a thief.See all Product Description
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Having to travel on his own to visit relations in Berlin, and being entrusted to take a large sum of money for his grandmother, Emil takes his duty very seriously. However, this does not stop him from falling asleep on the train, only to find the money missing when he awakes! Then the real adventure begins as he stalks his chief suspect.... but he is not alone - soon he is joined by a gang of local children.
From here, the story has great pace - there is humour and charm in the gusto with which the children organise themselves and track their prey. Patience and ingenuity are required if they are to succeed...
The only strange part to the story is the dream Emil has when he falls asleep on the train - it is rather surreal, but perhaps something children can take in their stride. The only other question I had was regarding the translation - the book goes to a great deal of trouble to explain the sights Emil encounters on his journey, and when everything else in the landscape, including the names, are all German, the money is in pounds!
Published in Germany between the World Wars, it is easy to see how this book has been 'lost,' which is an enormous shame as it is simply wonderful! You could say, given hindsight, these children are a little too organised, but really I found nothing offensive here. In my opinion the story has aged well, just a pity it is not better known.
Pictures are great too!
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Kept my seven year old gripped. He really enjoyed it and would recommend it.Published 4 months ago by Gimcrack
All my children have read Emil and the detectives and loved the book,it is now the turn of the grandchildren,I am sure they will love it.Published 4 months ago by Birgitte Allan
Just what i wanted for a six year old grandchild . I read this book about sixty years ago when i was a child and loved it . Read morePublished 7 months ago by carol wilson
I can't remember how many versions of this book I have given to small boys over the years . This one
For my Grandson who seems rather pleased by it .
My 4yr old daughter loved this story, we even had the chance to see the National Theatre production after reading it twice. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lucy410