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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Sherlock Has a New Helper!
Author, Brenda Seabrooke
Since I have a fascination with Sherlock Holmes, I'm always delighted to find a new story that involves him and his reliable Boswell, Dr. Watson. So when I had the chance to read Scones and Bones on Baker Street, Sherlock's Dog (Maybe) and the Dirt Dilemma, by award-winning Brenda Seabrooke, I grabbed it.
The hero of this
tale is a street dog named Digby whose motto in life is “Never daunted, never
fazed,” a motto that befits him. The story opens with Digby prowling the
streets of London, hoping for a scrap of food, some water, and a safe place to
sleep. When he endangers himself to rescue a cat from a horse-drawn hackney, a
foot sends him flying out of harm’s way then disappears into the crowd. Digby
goes on a sniffing search to find that foot and thank its owner, who, as it
turns out, is Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock may have gotten Digby’s
attention with a kick, but Digby wins his
attention by accidentally foiling a bomb plot (no spoilers here as to how and
where). He follows Holmes and Watson to 221B Baker Street, where he now has a
new goal in life—to become Sherlock Holmes’s right paw dog and help him solve
cases. But winning Sherlock’s attention isn’t the same thing as winning his
affection. The detective doesn’t particularly want a dog, and it’s up to Digby
to change his mind. The misadventures that follow are hilarious as Digby
shadows Holmes and Watson and becomes embroiled in their new case—a case
familiar to Sherlockians, but now seen through the point of view of this
Seabrooke has created a believable
character in Digby, who reads the world through his sense of smell and his loyal
doggy heart. One hopes more cases will follow. Brian Belanger’s illustrations
capture Digby’s quirky personality. “Fun Facts” at the bottom of each page
introduce a young reader to both historical details of Victorian London and the
concept of footnotes.