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Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Snowman Paperback – Illustrated, 28 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Sherlock Holmes and The Missing Snowman brings together one of the UK's leading children's illustrators, Rikey Austin (creator of Alice's Bear Shop) and David Ruffle, author of several bestselling Sherlock Holmes thrillers, novellas and compilations. Rikey and David are both from the idyllic seaside town of Lyme Regis, a setting which has inspired this delightful children's book.
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Much to Dr Watson's astonishment, the World's foremost consulting detective takes the case and pursues it with his legendary sagacity and tenacity. He discovers - but no, I will not spoil the ending.
The writing is simple enough for a small child to follow, but, as one would expect from veteran Holmes pastiche author David Ruffle, it feels right.
The many detailed illustrations, by Rikey Austin, are superb. We see Holmes sitting by the fire in his slippers reading The Times, while Dr Watson looks out on a snowy Baker Street; Mrs Hudson shows little Henrietta, their five-year-old client in; Holmes examines the scene of the crime through his magnifying glass, and so on. The characters, especially Holmes and Watson, are very well portrayed.
Adults too will appreciate the lovingly-crafted illustrations
Published in the UK by MX Publishing
A Review by Dicky Neely
Sherlock Holmes is not often thought of as a "warm and fuzzy" type of person, someone overly fond of children, or sentimental in the least. Author David Ruffle has changed such perceptions with, of all things, a children's Holmes mystery titled "Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Snowman."
The story begins, as so many Holmsian tales do, with Holmes and Watson in the comfort of their rooms at 221B Baker Street. Apparently it is another of those dreaded days with no case. With the Christmas holiday drawing near the weather has also been cold and there has been snow falling ater a brief warm-up.
As the duo debate whether to go out for a brisk walk, which was Dr. Watson's preference, or to remain ensconced in the warm glow of their apartment, which was Holmes' desire, their reverie is disrupted by Mrs. Hudson who introduces a Mrs. Fortescue and her five year old daughter Henrietta. It seems Henrietta had fulfilled a longstanding desire to build a snowman, having just moved to London from a warmer climate where she had never before encountered snow. But Henrietta's joy had been short lived when she found her snowman had disappeared during the warm spell! So Henrietta had turned to Sherlock Holmes to solve the mystery.
Needless to say, Holmes turns his considerable talents into solving the case for the unhappy little Henrietta.
David Ruffle's tale seems sure to win some younger fans into the ranks of Sherlockians and increasing Holmes' fame into this younger set! Not a bad thing for all of the pastiche writers out there! And the illustrations by Rikey Austin are lovely and very much in keeping with the children's book theme. This would certainly be a good stocking stuffer for young readers.
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