Book: The Adventures of Sherlock Ferret by Hugh Ashtoncategories: Book, Sherlock, Children, Ferret, Watson, Animals, Mysteries, Magpie, Detective
Hugh Ashtonabout this book: Having written several Sherlock Holmes adventures, I decided it was time to introduce Sherlock and Watson (in a furry disguise) to younger readers. My friend Andy who draws the most wonderful illustrations keeps ferrets, and so we decided to make Sherlock into a ferret - with his friend Watson Mouse.
These stories, which are genuine mysteries which Sherlock Ferret must solve, are enjoyed by readers between seven and eleven years old. While working as a consulting detective, Sherlock uses long words sometimes, and has to explain them to Watson Mouse, and sometimes to their friend Lestrade, who is a rhinoceros (though not a very big one). He also explains the benefits of having lots of Big Books to discover the answer to questions.
Other characters in these stories include Moriarty Magpie, who always sings rude songs at Sherlock and Watson, Doctor Solomon Sloth, Colonel Sebastian Moorhen, Pablo Pigasso, and Frieda Koala.
The four longer adventures in this book: The Missing Necklace; The Multiplying Masterpieces; The Poisoned Pond; The Phantom Photographer, are joined by a short story detailing the visit of Sherlock's cousin from Japan, Vinnie (whose character and habits were based around Andy's pet ferret).
"I thought this book was amazing! There was a lot of suspense, action and dialogue. I love the part where the mystery was solved and the treasure was saved! My favorite character was Sherlock Ferret. My mom says this book is perfect for my age." Nathan, age 8 1/2 (USA)
"I like the ferret books. This is the second one I have read. I think Sherlock is sometimes very silly. Moriarty is very naughty and Pigasso was very rude. I think Watson is my favourite. I very much enjoyed this and was glad that Sherlock and Watson solved the problem." Edward, age 9 (UK)
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