The Baker Street Peculiars ( Ages 9+ )
By : Roger Langridge & Andy Hirsch
Publisher ; KaBoom ( January 2017 )
When London`s street statues start to come alive it becomes the responsibility of the "three young detectives" to solve the mystery. And each one is offered a shilling per finding by the Holmes household! The kids jump into action, but as they discover it`s Chippy Kipper; a living "Golem" who is collecting the "Golden Army" to invade the city, Kipper and his team discovers them.......
Readers no doubt will immensely enjoy this exuberant adventure written in early slang language, packed with action and mystery. Its detailed illustrations together with expressive cartoon characters and the smoothly flowing story - in speech bubbles mainly, with a little help of caption boxes - will keep the readers engrossed till the end.
A comical adventure by two comic veterans, this will entertain graphic novel lovers of all ages! Mrs Hudson, The Holmes' housekeeper takes the lead to unravel a tangle of mysteries. Assisting her in this fast moving hijinx and partly adventureous journey around London city in the Nineteen -Thirties are three youngsters, Rajani, Molly and Humphrey. They come from three extremly different backgrounds and yet are a brilliant combination when put together to work.
The story is also an astounding recreation of early twentieth century London. And through the trio of assistants, Langridge reveals to us different levels of London society of the era; Molly, an adventurous working class Jewish girl whose grandfather doesn`t send her to school and insists on her learning to become a"sweet wife" one day, Humphrey; a high class white boy, who creeps out of his boring upper class boarding school. And Rajani, an orphaned Bengali street child. Thus the vividity, depth and humor in the story are tastefully presented through Hirsch`s incredibly charming cartoons. A grapgic not to be missed and equally ideal for reluctant middle grade readers.
( With many thanks to KaBoom and NetGally for the ARC )