Cover Image: A Study in Scarlet (The Sherlock Holmes Children's Collection)

A Study in Scarlet (The Sherlock Holmes Children's Collection)

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

This is a nice way to introduce younger readers to Sherlock Holmes without any 'dumbing down'. The text size and pictures kept my son interested where the large blocks of small text in my old copy was too intimidating to him. I recommend it for any reader as an introduction into the world of Sherlock Holmes books.
Was this review helpful?
I really loved this Sherlock Holmes book, which is designed for children.  It is easy to read and it has cute illustrations which really bring the story to life.  I enjoyed the mystery of the book and the characters.  I look forward to reading more of the children's Sherlock books as they are really fun!

Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
Enjoyed this book so much!! The easy language made me understand better, thus eager to flip for another page. A good encouragement to kids nowadays who'd rather play games than reading a book.
Was this review helpful?
An old classic that I have loved as a child and enjoyed more as a grown up revisiting a favourite. Sir Doyle's writing is unmatched and Holmes remains my favourite detective. The eccentric man, who plays the violin with as much ease with which he punches his opponents in fights, is a darling and his dedication to his friend Watson is worth emulating.
Was this review helpful?
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
(I intended to have this reviewed long ago, needless to say things got away from me)

This is a delightful adaptation of the first Sherlock Holmes story, geared towards children. I have read STUD multiple times and this manages to follow the source material well, not only in plot structure but in actual text-- it feels very similar to the original, which is something a lot of children's abridged classics either can't or don't bother to do. I especially like the notes on science and Victoriania that appear throughout the book, explaining terms that will probably be unfamiliar to your average 11-year-old. It doesn't talk down to readers but gives them a chance to learn about something they may not have heard of, and it reminds me of the annotated editions I read as a child. The illustrations are also very nice and humorous and the presentation overall is great.
Was this review helpful?
‏I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

Stephanie Baudet has written over 50 books for children. Among them, The Sherlock Holmes Children's Collection, a retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant novels for children ages seven and up. 

To give a fair and accurate review of the first book in the series, A Study in Scarlet, I read the original novel. I am not going to review Conan Doyle's work at this time. This review deals with Baudet's adaption. Although I will add, those who are not familiar with Holmes and Watson should start the series with this adaption. It introduces the characters when they first meet and agree to move into Baker Street together.

Baudet's adaption is so enjoyable and entertaining, if they were available years ago, I would have bought the entire collection for my children. The drawings are well done. All of the major points in the original work are presented clearly for children to understand and appreciate Conan Doyle's work.

To date, there are 12 adaptions published. None of them are Sir Author Conan Doyle's most famous work, The Hound of the Baskervilles. I appreciate that Baudet adapted his lesser-known work to allow children access to stories they may not have discovered otherwise.

This 200-word review was published on Philomathinphila.com on 5/29/20.
Was this review helpful?
This was definitely more in-depth and wordy that I realised it would be, considering it was a children's collection. The picture book look made me think it was very young readers, when it fact it was for an older youth audience.

A fun, illustrated look at a classic Sherlock and Watson adventure!
Was this review helpful?
Sherlock Holmes is a classic. Thanks to modern TV it is kept alive by new movies and television serials. But I was shocked to discover that my class had no idea who this Victorian sleuth was... so this abridged version was perfect an introduction to the detective and the genre of murder mystery. 
The abridged language ensures that the children know what they are reading but is rich enough to stimulate some great writing. 
A great read!
Was this review helpful?
This is a fabulous, child-friendly introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes. A glossary of unfamiliar terms is scattered throughout the book, and quirky illustrations as well as sensitive abridgement render it readable and accessible for anyone 8 and above who loves a good mystery and wants to get to know this most famous of detectives.
Was this review helpful?
This is a brilliant adaption of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective story. It's been a favourite of mines since I read the original, and I believe that the addition of illustrations has made this a very fun and accessible way to enjoy the stories for younger readers in particular. Had this been available to me when I was younger, I'd have eaten it right up!

Big thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the free review copy!
Was this review helpful?
Sherlock Holmes has been a favorite of mine since I discovered the infamous detective in middle school. This modern take on a cover and illustrations makes it appealing to a younger audience (though I miss his trademark hat on the cover). The illustrations provide some context when the vocabulary may be difficult or items outdate (telegraph, for example). If you are familiar with the original you will appreciate changes made to make it a children’s appropriate book; minimizing violence descriptions, drug use by Sherlock and discussion of polygamy and “Indians.” Overall, a good adaptation making the book suitable for the intended audience. Thank you NetGalley for the free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
It has been quite a while since I read any of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, so this was a great refresher. I was excited to see that these stories are being adapted for a younger audience. My hope is that it will encourage young readers to appreciate classic literature.

Although it follows the basic plot of the original A Study in Scarlet, this book has simplified sentences and side notes that describe terms used that might not be familiar to kids today. An example of these side notes include the description of words like; hansome cab. Illustrations are also included.

Sherlock Holmes himself, has even been adapted for the younger audience. He is portrayed as more chipper and whimsical than the well-known character Arthur Conan Doyle created.

This version of A Study in Scarlet is being promoted as Middle Grade, however the story does center around a murder. Therefore I would recommend it to slightly older ages or even those who fall under the ages of young adult. I look forward to reading more of the Sherlock Holmes adaptations in the future.
Was this review helpful?
I have not read the full Sherlock Holmes series, tho i have watched the series a few times. For me this book was a quick, witty and fun story with nice illustrations that had the main focus on Sherlock's mystery solving abilities which i enjoyed very much. This book can be a great introduction to not only Holmes series but also the great world of mystery fiction for any child. Although i think it's not appropriate for very young children.
Was this review helpful?
With the huge Sherlock hype at the moment, this series is a great way for the whole family to enjoy Sherlock and Waston's cases!

The print is easy to read and the free audio is ideal for readers of all abilities. There are illustrations on almost every page and they tell the story in a fun and quirky way.

The Sherlock Holmes Children's Collection is perfect for children aged 7+, and even adults, too!
Was this review helpful?
Excellent Sherlock Holmes story, my son very much enjoyed and said that he would certainly recommend to others!
Was this review helpful?
The Sherlock Holmes stories are some of the most popular and enduring mystery books of all time. They've been published and reprinted dozens, if not hundreds of times, they've been adapted to film and television across the world, and Sherlock Holmes has become one of the most instantly recognisable literary characters. Despite this popularity, however, it can be difficult to introduce new readers to these stories, especially younger readers, due to the age of the books and some of the language used within. This is where the Sherlock Holmes Children's Collection steps in.

A Study In Scarlet is the very first Sherlock Holmes story, and introduces readers to both the titular detective, and his faithful companion Doctor John Watson. It's the perfect gateway into liking Sherlock Holmes, but no just because it introduces these characters; after all, they're so iconic that many people, myself included, start reading Sherlock Holmes stories other than at the start and manage to know who these people are. No, the reason this is the best book to begin these children's adaptations is because time is given over here as to how Sherlock is able to make is amazing deductions.

Quite often Sherlock will outline how he gets to his conclusions, or simply ask Watson to 'use my methods' to encourage his friend to try his hand at getting the answer, but this might not be something that is easy for children to grasp, so having a central part of the book be Watson discovering and observing Holmes doing his thing, and being suitably impressed by it, makes it a lot easier for the younger readers.

The whole book seems to be crafted this way, 'what would be best for younger readers'. The descriptions are much simpler than the original book, with a lot of the language of Arthur Conan Doyle streamlined for a modern reader. That being said, the book doesn't lose much of its character for doing so. It still feels like a Sherlock Holmes book at its heart.

The book doesn't try to change anything that's important, and it doesn't try to shy away from the more gruesome or strange aspects of the original. There are still dead bodies, described in detail, there is still blood, still people seeking revenge. The writers who adapted the book knew that these things were important parts of the narrative, and that children would be okay with them if they are presented in a way not designed to frighten. As such, bodies are described in a detached way, with more detail given over to the smaller details of their clothing or their surroundings; because this is how Sherlock Holmes sees things, and this is what the children need to concern themselves about. They need these tiny details to keep their mind on the mystery, and not be worried about someone having been killed.

Things are also kept somewhat lighter for the younger readers with the inclusion of illustrations. Whilst the original stories in the Strand Magazine had illustrations that were aiming to be realistic, these are very stylised pieces. The people are very angular and have strange proportions, and sometimes don't quite line up properly to their surroundings. Instead of this feeling strange, however, it helps to add to the ease of access to the younger readers.

Whether you pick this book up intending for it to be read by a child, or you're simply looking to get into Sherlock Holmes stories yourself and wanted a mild introduction to the character, this book is perfect to the task. Any child who reads this is sure to be able to get a grasp of the characters and the world that Holmes inhabits, and the ease of reading for adults means that it gives you a good taste of the style of Conan Doyle's mysteries, without getting you bogged down in the writing style of the 1880's.
Was this review helpful?
A study in Scarlet (the Sherlock homes collection for children)by sir Arthur can and Doyle It’s a great introduction to Sherlock Holmes for children. This book is short sweet and funny. My children greatly enjoyed reading this.
Was this review helpful?
It was a very well adapted version of the original. The story was well adapted for a younger audience. The illustrations are quirky and unique but help provide context to the reader for what is happening in the story.
Was this review helpful?
A short, sweet introduction to Sherlock Holmes for the younger audience. A lovely, new adaptation of the original for the children.
Was this review helpful?
As a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and a fan of retellings of these stories, I was excited to get to grips with this book aimed at children. I enjoyed the way the story was told and the way that the complex plot had been simplified to be accessible to the younger audience.
Was this review helpful?