Monday, July 14, 2014

Graphic/Manga Review: Young Miss Holmes


Young Miss Holmes: Casebook 1-2 by Kaoru Shintani

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from library; all opinions are still my own

Official Summary: Christie Holmes is a prodigy. At ten years old, she's as familiar with the sciences and classics as any older student at Cambridge or Oxford. And her facility with logic is reminiscent of her uncle, the eminent Sherlock Holmes himself. So, what's a brilliant young girl to do when her parents are away in India, leaving her behind in the care of maids and servants? Solve mysteries, of course. Along with her giant hound Nelson, Christie's implacable curiosity leads her from one dangerous adventure to another, often joining forces with Uncle Sherlock and Doctor Watson on their famed investigations. Christie may look pint-sized, but her clever mind is never to be underestimated!

Review: This is the first manga that I've ever read. For those that aren't aware, Manga is a Japanese comic and you read the book right to left, instead of left to right like an English book. It was a bit weird reading "backwards" so to speak, but it was easy enough to pick up on.

As for the book itself, I really enjoyed Young Miss Holmes and would be happy to read her next book. Christie is Sherlock Holmes' young niece and she is extraordinarily smart. Therefore, she likes to try and help her uncle and Dr. Watson solve some of their cases.

You read right from left, so Well Done reads first...
 The book includes five cases and each particular case is broken into at least two chapters. I thought they were all enjoyable, though one of them does lead a bit into the unrealistic. This doesn't mean the solution isn't believable, but another aspect of the story. Since the methods and outcome are still pure Sherlock, it didn't bother me too much. Personally, I need to read more official Sherlock Holmes stories, but I had read the short story "Red-Headed League" so it was kind of fun to see it illustrated and with another character attached.

Overall, these are some fun stories with a mix of known and original characters! I wouldn't hesitate to grab the next casebook (it looks like there is at least two more books about Christie currently available!)


I read this for the Graphic Novel Challenge

13 comments:

The Bookish Manicurist said...

Sounds fun! I don't read manga but I like the mystery aspect of this one

Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

Erika Sorocco said...

Ooh, I want to check this out!!

xx

Brandi Kosiner said...

Fun! I am not normally a manga person either

Kindlemom said...

I love the drawings, so stinking cute!
Glad you liked this and would be willing to read the next one.

A Voracious Reader said...

My daughter loves manga and all things Sherlock Holmes, so I'll have to let her know about this one. Thanks! :)

Andrea Thompson said...

Very cool! I've never been a big Sherlock fan, but I'm thinking my son might enjoy something like this in a few years. Thanks for the review!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I still haven't read a manga either and I keep meaning to try one. This one looks good and I love Sherlock Holmes.

Zoe N. said...

You know how I am with manga and graphic novels Lauren, but the mystery aspect of this one definitely sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing! <3

~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

Aylee said...

Oh fun! I've read a few mangas in my time (and enjoyed them) and many tales of Sherlock Holmes (and very much enjoyed them), so no doubt I would love this right? I think so :) Thanks for putting this one on my radar, Lauren!

Tracy Terry said...

Oh my goodness what a cute cover, she reminds me of a character (Nancy?) in the tv series The Little House On The Prairie.

Cleo Bannister said...

I can't imagine how I would get on reading backwards. Great review and this magna sounds fascinating.

Lauren D. said...

What a cute idea to have Sherlock Holmes' niece as the protagonist. I think I'd like this! :-)

Angela's Anxious Life said...

I've read one Manga and didn't love it, though I think it was geared more for kids. Chi is what it was called and it was about a cat. Not sure if I will read another one.