Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg


The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg

Review by Lauren

source: copy from BEA16; all opinions are my own (this book comes out next Tuesday, September 6th!!)

Official SummaryShelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen—always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes. 

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. Easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack. 


ReviewThis is the first book by Elizabeth Eulberg that I've read but it most definitely won't be my last, especially since this is just the first book in the Shelby Holmes series. I'm a big Sherlock fan so I always get excited to see new interpretations and this was a really enjoyable one! 

Sherlock is now Shelby, a nine year old girl in New York who is known for her detection around the neighborhood. She doesn't have friends, but people know her and admire her skills, except for the policewoman, Lestrade. It did amuse me when Shelby would interact with Lestrade. Shelby is a typical Holmes because she's straightforward and knows she's good at what she does. Having a nine year old act like this to a cop would seem strange, but Eulberg did a good job with their relationship. Lestrade is intent on keeping Shelby away from her cases, and it's obvious that she's upset when Shelby can solve a case before her, as any copy would be, I'm sure. 

Another key player of course is John Watson, who Shelby just calls Watson. I initially went in expecting Shelby to narrate the book, as she's the title character, but of course, I should have realized it would be Watson based on the original stories. Watson is new to New York. He lives in Shelby's building with his mom, who was in the army. He likes to write, and therefore, he starts chronicling his adventures with Shelby instead of focusing on fiction, like he had in the past. Watson is a couple years older than Shelby, and he starts out wanting to find new friends, but eventually, the two of them realize they are better together - like the original Sherlock and Watson. 

If you know the original stories or even have seen the movies/TV shows, you should recognize the various similarities between Shelby and Sherlock. There is Lestrade- the detective, Mrs. Hudson-she lives in Watson and Shelby's building, Shelby is addicted to sugar like Sherlock was addicted to drugs, Shelby has a brother Michael like Sherlock had a brother named Mycroft, and on! I loved seeing these little nods to the original story throughout the book.

As for the actual mystery, it was a case of a show dog going missing. It was a cute story, but it was also a fun mystery that I enjoyed learning along with Watson. Shelby isn't always forthcoming about all of her discoveries, but Sherlock was always the same. This is a mystery you could figure out on your own, before the big reveal, though. I pieced it all together near the end, but it was still a fun story to read and I had no idea for a long time! I can't wait for the next book.

21 comments:

Keertana said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I don't generally love re-workings of Sherlock Holmes in literature, though it's a completely different story on screen. Not sure this is for me, but great review!

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

I love Sherlock too. This looks so cute and fun.

Melliane said...

Oh that's fun and Sherlock? A young girl? that's a nice idea too!

Kindlemom said...

Ah this sounds like so much fun and I love the take on Sherlock being a girl!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This sounds like a cute read!

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

This sounds really cute!!

Erika Sorocco said...

Oh, I totally need this in my life - I adore Sherlock Holmes!

Have you ever read the Enola Holmes book series? They're set in Victorian times and star Sherlock's younger sister. I absolutely love them!

xx

Tracy Terry said...

Hmm, I haven't read any of the original stories but have read a few of the newer stories. Not sure how this compares with those who have read the originals but in general the jury is still out as to what I think of re-writings.

Anyway, this sounds like a sweet read and I love the idea of Shelby Watson.

Tanya Atkinson said...

This sounds so cute! Kind of reminds me of Harriet the Spy from when I was a kid. So glad this one was a hit. :)

Cleo Bannister said...

This looks like so much fun Lauren - a great find.

Emma said...

Oh I love the sound of this one. It's good it see a female version of Sherlock Holmes I'll admit, I've only ever heard of Young Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lane as a more direct version of it. Great review. Will be sure to recommend these to my students! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

This looks great with a New York City setting, detection, and a fantastic middle grade protagonist.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this looks like one that I would easily recommend to some of the younger readers in the family. I think this would be a winner for them!

Jennifer Humphries said...

I have some serious Sherlock fans here, who devour anything in that genre. So thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

Tressa S said...

I was just eyeing this the other day as I love anything Sherlock Holmes and this series sounds so stinking cute! So glad you loved it! :) (Thanks for stopping by my WOW too!)

Tressa @ Wishful Endings

Writing Pearls said...

This looks adorable.

Adriana Garcia said...

The only Sherlock Homles book I've read is Lock and Mori. It's pretty good but I think I would like to read a story of them as kids more. I really like that Watson is narrating the story just like the original and the tv show at times. I'm curious if Moriarty will show up. I'm kind of excited how this will really get kids started in loving Sherlock Holmes.

Farrah Fong said...

Aww, this sounds like such a cute re-working of the series! :] I really like re-imagined classics when they're done well, and this sounds adorable!

Nicole Hewitt said...

My daughter really enjoyed this book, but I've yet to read it. It seems pretty adorable, though. I wish I was more of a Sherlock fan so I'd get all the little references, but it sounds like it will be a cute read even without that.

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

Awwww, man... I wish I had this book! I grabbed a bunch of great MG books and I missed this one somehow. I wonder if I accidentally gave it to my neighbor's kids :( I looked up this author b/c she sounded familiar and she's written quite a few books. I love the idea that she mirrored the original world!!!

Great review!!!

Naomi Hop said...

I'm sure this would be a book my kiddos would love! My middle child is getting into a lot of fun reads like this lately!