The Haunted Toolshed (Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective Series #1)

The Haunted Toolshed (Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective Series #1)

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by Dave Keane
     
 

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Why are cakes vanishing into thin air? How can a mailbox disappear without a trace? When did something evil move into Mr. Asher's toolshed?

Strange and unexplained things are happening on Baker Street after dark, and Joe Sherlock must come face-to-face with the things that go bump in the night. Even though a cold tingle of terror gallops down his spine like a

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Why are cakes vanishing into thin air? How can a mailbox disappear without a trace? When did something evil move into Mr. Asher's toolshed?

Strange and unexplained things are happening on Baker Street after dark, and Joe Sherlock must come face-to-face with the things that go bump in the night. Even though a cold tingle of terror gallops down his spine like a herd of wild gophers, Joe is determined to solve the case -- and have his bundt cake, too.

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Publishers Weekly
This farcical romp launches the Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective series and marks Keane's children's book debut. Appropriately known by his surname alone, the boy narrator declares, "I was born with a natural gift for solving mysteries." Perhaps, yet this slapstick-laced story of his first case reveals some of Sherlock's bumbling moves, many of which are certainly chuckle-worthy. A perplexed neighbor hires Sherlock to get to the bottom of some curious goings-on: moaning noises emanate from his toolshed, and a bundt cake baked by the man's mother (who suffers from a case of flatulence) has mysteriously disappeared from the kitchen-as has his mother's glass eye. Sherlock, equipped with his sister Hailey's "Girl Chat Sleepover backpack" and matching walkie-talkie, sets off into the night to track down the culprit. His overactive imagination kicks in, and he suspects the Grim Reaper is tapping him on the back and that a Tyrannosaurus rex is going to snatch him up (and swallow him whole "like a Swedish meatball"). As Keane's comically convoluted plot proceeds, Hailey delivers some of the liveliest lines. Kids looking for a robust mystery may want to venture elsewhere, but reluctant readers will welcome the brief chapters (presented in large type), zany half-tone spot art (also by Keane) and zippy pace. More of Sherlock's shenanigans fill The Neighborhood Stink (0-06-076187-3; paper 0-06-076186-5), due the same month. Ages 7-10. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Young Joe Sherlock loves reading mysteries so he has earned the nickname "Sherlock." He also happens to live on Baker Street in the town of Baskerville. While his mom is out of town on a business trip and his dad is in bed with an infected foot, Sherlock tries to solve a real mystery. One of his neighbors has a haunted shed and asks Sherlock to investigate. Sherlock has a very unhelpful older sister, Jessie, but a very helpful younger sister, Hailey. With Hailey's assistance, Sherlock embarks on his first real case. Together they must find out who or what is haunting Mr. Asher's tool shed. This case also involves two missing Bundt cakes, a farting grandmother, a missing glass eye, and a stolen mailbox. Along the way, Sherlock's dad disappears as well. The character of Sherlock narrates this story with lots of drama, excitement and silliness. When a dark van with shadowy figures appears to follow Sherlock along the streets of town, he confesses that his "brain starts to melt like a stick of warm butter on the hood of an overheating car." The cartoon illustrations are plentiful and fun. The text is set in a funky typeface, which gives the page design more kid appeal. This book is the first in the series and is part of Harper Trophy's "Joe Sherlock; Kid Detective" series, which includes the titles Case # 000002: The Neighborhood Stink, Case # 000003: The Missing Monkey Eye Diamond, and Case # 000001: The Haunted Toolshed. 2006, Harper, and Ages 7 to 10.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Fourth-grader Joe Sherlock aspires to follow in the footsteps of the famous Sherlock Holmes by solving local mysteries for $10 a day. He is endearing as he bumbles toward the solutions. In The Haunted Toolshed, he attempts to discover who has been stealing things from his neighbor's house, including a glass eyeball and a bundt cake. In Neighborhood Stink, he's called in to discover which local dog has been leaving a mess in a completely fenced-in yard and gets stuck in a dog door with only his "Inspector Wink-Wink" underpants on. Black-and-white cartoons add to the fun. Allusions to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle abound: Sherlock has an Uncle Mycroft and lives in the town of Baskerville. The gross-out factor is high in these easy chapter books-entire plots pivot on poop and flatulence, which will appeal to fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic).-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061898105
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Series:
Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
443,444
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective, Case #000001: The Haunted Toolshed


By Dave Keane

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Dave Keane
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060761881

Chapter One

Joe Who?

My name is Joe Sherlock.

But almost everybody just calls me Sherlock.

Never Joe.

In fact, most people around here think I squirted into this world without a proper first name attached.

But for me, Sherlock is the perfect fit, like a worn-out pair of sneakers that you just love but your mom throws out anyway, because she's simply horrified that one of her friends might actually see you wearing them.

So what's so great about having a name like a smelly old pair of sneakers?

Well, Sherlock also happens to be the name of the greatest detective who ever looked through a magnifying glass: Mr. Sherlock Holmes. And just like the great Nr. Holmes, I was born with a natural gift for solving mysteries.

It may sound weird, but while most kids my age are busy doing homework, playing soccer, or scooping out their ear wax with paper clips, I stay busy preparing myself for a life of mystery solving.

I've seen just about every detective movie ever made. I've seen the really good ones that keep you on the edge of your seat so much that you end up chewing off half your toenails without even realizing it. And I've also seen all the old black-and-white ones where everybody stands around talkingso much that you wakeup on the floor two hours later in a pool of your own drool.

But no amount of movie watching could have prepared me for the Case of the Haunted Toolshed. Just hearing that name makes me feel like I have a pair of live squirrels in my stomach and two corks shoved up my nostrils . . . if you know what I mean. So bolt the doors, lock the windows, and remember to keep breathing as I tell you about my first official case as a private detective: Case #000001.

Continues...


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Meet the Author

Dave Keane always loved monsters as a kid. Halloween was his favorite holiday and he dreamed of becoming a werewolf or a vampire when he grew up. Instead, he became a children's book writer and illustrator. Now he and his wife stay busy raising three little monsters of their own in Northern California.

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It was a really good book