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Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese [Kindle Edition]

Susan Stevens Crummel , Dorothy Donohue
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What’s that smell in the Dell? It comes from a cheese, a great big cheese, a smelly, scrumptious cheese, if you please, made from the milk of a cantankerous cow—oh, wow! The one-horned, two-eared, three-legged Cowabunga!

But the Cowabunga cheese has gone missing, and Sherlock Bones is on the case! That brainy bloodhound must use all five of his senses to track down the thief.

Children will have fun following the clues in this roll-off-your-tongue read-aloud inspired by the popular children’s song “The Farmer in the Dell” and illustrated with Dorothy Donohue’s lively signature cut-paper artwork.

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Call that brilliant hound, Sherlock Bones! The smelly, scrumptious cheese that sits in the dell, made from milk from a cantankerous, one-horned, two-eared, three-legged Cowabunga, is gone! Sherlock Bones uses his five senses to solve the case, interviewing the farmer's wife, the cat, the rat, and the Muffin Man about what they saw, heard, smelled, and felt (Sherlock Bones does the tasting). Lush illustrations made of layered cut paper and colored pencil capture the story's mirth. Rhymes dominate the text, making it a great choice for phonemic awareness: "Then, with nose to the ground, that brilliant hound started sniffing around. He picked up a scent, and off he went." The syncopated rhythm keeps the constant rhyming fresh and engaging. A spread at the end shows how the canine solves the crime, organizing his clues according to his five senses. The book ends with sheet music for "The Farmer in the Dell," on which the story is very loosely based. A surefire hit with children, and clever enough for adults to enjoy.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, ORα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13936 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6BEU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock the Blood hound Solves Another Case December 8, 2012
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This book is great in that it has a substantial storyline for the little ones, in that someone or something has stolen the delicious cheese made from the milk of COWABUNGA, the three legged cow. To solve the case the farmer brings in Sherlock the bloodhound dressed in his HOUNDSTOOTH jacket, and using his magnifying glass, power of smell, and deduction he figures out a hungry giant did it. With all children's stories, all's well that ends well, especially when some mystical type of animal helps humans and monsters to do good. I loved the drawings of Sherlock the hound and I think the kids will too. The book is designed for those slightly older, as of school-age, in that some of the words as "Scrumptious" and "fateful" might be a little difficult for the youngest to understand, but even they can enjoy this story when read to them. The best part comes near the end where Sherlock shows each of the clues written in his notebook and how he used his powers of deduction to actually solve the mystery. I think that kids will enjoy having this one read to them time and again, and anxiously want to jump ahead to the part where they can tell you [the reader] how Sherlock figured out who stole the cheese! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whew! What's that smell in the dell? Do tell. December 12, 2012
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Hmmmm. Seems to be coming from that great big cheese...a great big SCRUMPTIOUS cheese made from the milk of the CANTANKEROUS COWABUNGA. And just what IS a cantankerous cowabunga, you ask? Well that's as easy as one-two-three: It's a cow with ONE horn, TWO ears and THREE legs, of course.

Oh my! While I was telling you that, the big smelly cheese suddenly went MISSING!!! What to do? I haven't a clue, do you? Of course you do: We must call in the great SHERLOCK BONES. But it seems Sherlock needs our help. And how are we to go about that? By going inside this great big beautiful book, of course.

And will everybody live happily ever after? I think so. But all I really know for sure is that we all get to sing "The Farmer in the Dell" at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 STARS**** Some Kid Pleasing Stuff December 7, 2012
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Love, love, love the artwork in this cute book. So kudos to you, Dorothy Donohue. Your cut-paper critters and landscapes are marvelous!

Now for the writing, plotting, and other stuff. There is lots to like. First of all, there is the silliness and the word play which makes SHERLOCK BONES a good read-aloud. There's bits that rhyme, and just as good, there are word choices like 'cantankerous' and 'scrumptious' that are not only descriptive, but educational. (Sorry, I love books for younger kids that use bigger words.)

The character of Sherlock Bones is very appealing, as is the fact that there is a mystery to resolve. The children I have read to like simple mysteries and the one of the missing cheese is at the right level for the preschool to early elementary ages.

As a mom who is totally into Edu-tainment, I particular like how Ms. Crummel reinforces how 'clues' work at the end of the book. During the story children see Sherlock Bones listening to witnesses and writing in his notebook. In the last pages, we get to see the notes that are based on THE 5 SENSES. What was 'seen' and what Sherlock concluded from that. What was 'smelled' and what Sherlock concluded from that. Adults can easily take this fun book and build quite a few lessons from it.

Great artwork and fun, spirited lyrics should make this a popular book with kids.

Adults (parents/teachers) should find this a good read-aloud that could be tied into mini-lessions about the 5 Senses, and logic/reasoning. The book is large enough that a small circle of children should be able to see and enjoy the artwork.

Pam T~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh noooo...a missing cheese! December 13, 2012
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When I first read this book to the grandchildren I must admit I wasn't that impressed, but the kids wanted it read again and again...and that impressed me and caused me to take a good look at the book.

My problem when I first started reading hte book was the first page. I thought the written portion was rather blah as were the next few pages. The book picked up for me from there, but the kids enjoyed it from the beginning.

I like to read them books that causes them to ask questions, to question and most of all enjoy a good story--this book was great for all of those. They loved the story of Sherlock Bones, the brainy bloodhound, who goes on a search for the missing smelly cheese. They asked questions like "Nana what does cantankerous mean?" or "Why does the cheese smell?" Obviously as they asked a lot of questions about words used in the story and certain situations, the book became a nice "educating" tool.

The two older kids also enjoyed the clues that Sherlock picked up along his sleuthing ways. Both of them love to write. I had read the book in advance and knew at the end there were lists of clues organized by the senses (see, smell, taste, feel and hear) so I had them get out their paper and pencils and make their own lists. They thought this was a great game.

As a parent or grandparent you know when a child asks you to read a book over and over that it touches something in the child. Well the kids love this book and we have read it over and over. Good thing I like it too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for this adorable book!
"Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese" is a cute, funny, and cleverly written tale inspired from the song, "Farmer in the Dell. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Rosie Russell, Author and Illustrator
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhymes and Rhythms and Senses galore
My three-year-old regularly requests this book, which has a spectacular rhythm and rhyme to it and simply begs to be read in a variety of voices and accents. Read more
Published 19 months ago by K Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer in the Dell
My grandson enjoys the story as well as the rhyming that takes place to make. The sing song lyrics viable. And enjoyable.
Published 20 months ago by Mary Seidel
5.0 out of 5 stars Dem Bones!
My 3 year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed this book.He laughed out loud at the rhymes. Then we had to read it again!
Published 20 months ago by E K
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, bad formatting for electronic read.
We loved the story. We loved the name. We loved the artwork.

BUT...it was too small to read easily, and we couldn't make it larger. :(
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book for the young sleuths
The story is great and the illustrations priceless
All ages will enjoy the story and pictures
Kudos to Susan and Dorothy!
Published 22 months ago by SAW
2.0 out of 5 stars Print was too small for my child to read!
Print was too small on the Kindle Fire for my child to read. So he really didn't like it! Sorry
Published on April 9, 2013 by Jan R Boatright
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
This is one of the best books ever for a 3 year old toddler. Very seldom do I go for the New York Times listings, but depend on testimonials on Amazon. Read more
Published on April 2, 2013 by Virginia Ying
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for reading with your child
Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese is cute story with decent pictures. The words and sentence structures are fairly complex for a children's book but it is a great way to... Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by Roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book, Our kids love the song
Our three year old daughter is a fan of this book. Loves the illustrations, and how the words are stylized all differently. She also enjoys the song at the end. Read more
Published on March 21, 2013 by E. Byers
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