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The Neighborhood Stink (Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective Series #2) [NOOK Book]


The mystery is underfoot...

On a beautiful, carpetlike lawn in a gated yard sit mysterious and smelly piles of dog poop. Mrs. Fefferland puts Joe Sherlock on the case to sniff out the culprit. But even Sherlock Holmes never encountered a case as baffling or as stomach-churning as this one. Most of the evidence is right under Joe's nose, but danger is never far behind!

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The Neighborhood Stink (Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective Series #2)

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The mystery is underfoot...

On a beautiful, carpetlike lawn in a gated yard sit mysterious and smelly piles of dog poop. Mrs. Fefferland puts Joe Sherlock on the case to sniff out the culprit. But even Sherlock Holmes never encountered a case as baffling or as stomach-churning as this one. Most of the evidence is right under Joe's nose, but danger is never far behind!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Joe Sherlock, nine-year-old disciple of Sherlock Holmes, follows (loosely) in the footsteps of the great detective in this tale from the "Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective" series for middle readers. This time the wordy young sleuth gets a case designed, it seems, to capture the attention mainly of boys who may not be immediately attracted to works of literature. And what is the mystery Joe must attempt to solve? Who or what is pooping copiously on a neighbor's manicured lawn! Racing through twenty-four frantic chapters we meet Joe's best friend, the not-too-bright Lance; the detective's two annoying sisters; a cool classmate named Sharon ("Whatever!"); and, of course, the principal suspects—dogs of the neighborhood. As Joe staggers ineptly through his investigation of the crime, author Keane pulls out all the stops: Joe inevitably steps in dog poop, is chased by a vicious dog, attacked by ants, trapped outside the house in his underwear, and gets painfully stuck in a doggie door. Writers for this age group often assume that the more references to underwear, bodily functions, and other gross occurrences, the better. Maybe they are right. If so, readers will hang in there with the boy detective as he burbles his way to a rather anticlimactic solution and a reward of twenty dollars. To help keep the action panting along, Keane has supplied wacky black-and-white cartoons and caricatures that are funnier than the text and certainly more succinct. (For Sherlock fans: there is a Case # 000003.)
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061898174
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Series: Joe Sherlock Series , #2
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 770,739
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

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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Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective, Case #000002: The Neighborhood Stink

By Dave Keane

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Dave Keane
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060761865

Chapter One

Mystery Child

My name is Joe Sherlock.

But everyone calls me Sherlock, even my own parents. It sounds crazy, but my little sister didn't know my first name was Joe until she was almost six years old.

Of course, it makes perfect sense that I would be called Sherlock.

Why? Well, there's a bunch of old books written about a guy named Sherlock Holmes who smoked a pipe, wore a creepy hat, and solved mysteries like nobody's business. I've never read any of them. But I've seen lots of movies about him. So he's kind of like my hero. We almost have the same name--except for the Joe and Holmes parts. And like the great Sherlock Holmes, I was born with a natural gift for solving mysteries.

Some kids my age can play the piano, break a board with a karate chop, or remember to make their beds every day. Not me. Not even close. But I can find just about anything that's lost. I can figure out the answer to a riddle way before grown-ups can. And I just love a good mystery.

But don't get the wrong idea. I'm no brain. In fact, I'm pretty crummy at school. Miss Piffle, my teacher, once told my parents at back-to-school night that I was "a bit daffy," which is basically a nice way of saying "Your kid's a dope." But that's okay with me. I was born with a gift.

Sometimes I get a little helpfrom my little sister, Hailey, who is sort of like my assistant. Actually, she's a bit of a troublemaker, so I have to make sure she doesn't play in the kitty litter or drop Dad's golf balls into the garbage disposal. She tags along sometimes. To be honest, sometimes she sees things that I miss . . . but mostly that's because she's a lot shorter than I am.

Anyway, before you start snoring like a banshee, I'd like you to sit back, relax, and watch your step as we plunge into my second official case as a private detective: Case #000002.


Excerpted from Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective, Case #000002: The Neighborhood Stink by Dave Keane Copyright © 2006 by Dave Keane. Excerpted by permission.
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