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Basil of Baker Street

Written by Eve Titus & illustrated by Paul Galdone
Published by Aladdin Books
5.25 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
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Named one of “13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed over as a Kid” by and the inspiration for a hit Disney film, the masterful Great Mouse Detective series is now available to a whole new generation of readers!

Basil—the famous sleuth of mousedom—lives in the cellar of Sherlock Holmes’s house. A devoted admirer of the great detective, he has learned his craft by listening at the feet of Holmes himself. But will it be enough to help Basil solve his most baffling mystery yet?

The Mystery of the Missing Twins is one of the strangest cases in Basil’s career. With only a few crumbs of clues with which to find answers, how is he ever going to figure out where Angela and Agatha are being kept—and, of course, who mouse-napped them! Will Basil’s mouse sleuthing skills be up to the task of finding the twins before it’s too late?

What Kind of Book is Basil of Baker Street

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Serious Subject Matter: This detective story does include a kidnapping.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

Quotes from This Book

  • “But Basil, of course, was far from ordinary. Even before the kidnappers’ note came, his keen mind had deduced what the criminals really wanted.”
  • “Mr. Holmes was tall and thin, with sharp, piercing eyes. And if ever a mouse may be said to resemble a man, then Basil was the mouse! He even dressed like his hero, thanks to a cleverlittle tailor who copied Sherlock’s wardrobe almost exactly.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Due to the kidnapping aspect of the story, the book clarifies that children should be safe around strangers. You might use this as a great talking point for explaining stranger safety.

  • Basil, the detective and main character, is a great example of honesty, kindness, and smarts, a positive role model you can discuss with young readers.

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Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.25 / 7.0

This intermediate read will put your sleuthing and detective skills at work!There are a few illustrations throughout, and it’s a fun, quick read. This would be a great read-aloud, too.

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Who Wrote Basil of Baker Street

Eve Titus

Eve Titus (1905-2002) wrote many books for children during her long career, including the Basil of Baker Street books and the Anatole series.

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Who Illustrated Basil of Baker Street

Paul Galdone

Paul Galdone (1907-1986) illustrated hundreds of children’s books, including the Basil of Baker Street series and the Anatole books, which received Caldecott Honors. He was posthumously awarded the 1996 Kerlan Award for his contribution to children’s literature.

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May 17, 2016
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The text of this book was set in Perpetua.
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