“…like a dog with its master” [SILV]
If you know a young person that you’d like to introduce to Sherlock Holmes, but they aren’t quite ready for murderous hounds stalking the moor, then there's a different dog that they should meet. Digby, a lovable street dog in Victorian London, is the main character of Brenda Seabrooke’s new novel, Scones and Bones on Baker Street, Sherlock’s Dog (Maybe!) and the Dirt Dilemma.
Digby is a dog living on the streets in London and looking for something to eat when he crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. After helping the famous duo with an exciting adventure at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Digby decides that he wants to become a watchdog and helper for the great detective. Although Holmes is not interested in having a street dog, or any dog for that matter, living at Baker Street, Doctor Watson and Mrs. Hudson prove to be more welcoming. Digby soon finds himself following Holmes and Watson through the events of “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League” while striving to change Holmes’ mind about having a dog around. As Digby would say, the game is apaw.
This book follows the familiar tale from the dog’s point of view, an interesting take on a case well known to most of us. But the target audience for this book is young readers. By making the main character a lovable dog, young readers are sure to enjoy Digby’s adventures in London. Digby’s blunders with Holmes and Watson while in a restaurant and a violin concert are sure to please.
The text is written at an accessible level for second to fourth graders, and most words or phrases that could be confusing to the reader are explained in footnotes on the page. Scones and Bones on Baker Street is less than 150 pages with over 20 full page illustrations meant to please the young reader. This would be a welcome addition to the book collection of any budding Sherlockian, dog lover, history fan, or lover of a good story.