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Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese [Kindle Edition]

Susan Stevens Crummel , Dorothy Donohue
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 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.



Editorial Reviews

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: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6BEU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock the Blood hound Solves Another Case December 8, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, giants, mystery and stinky old cheese December 7, 2012
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Intrigue, giants, mystery and stinky old cheese; what a great premise for a children's book. Susan Stevens Crummel's word play along with Dorothy Donohue's illustrations makes for a solid base for Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese.

It seems the smelly, scrumptious cheese is made from the milk of a cantankerous cow; the one-horned, two-eared, three-legged Cowabunga. When the cheese disappears Sherlock Bones is called to solve the mystery. Sherlock writes down clues in his notebook and is led to a beanstalk where he finds the culprit. A giant with a yen for pizza made with stinky cheese.

There is a lot of rhyming phrases (although this is not a poetry book) which seems to make it easier for the words to resonate with younger children. The illustrations are cleaver and humorous. The book ends with the song "The Farmer in the Dell". What better way to end a book than with a song? This is a good choice to add to the library of your 4 to 7 year olds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rhymes and Rhythms and Senses galore October 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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. After observing me read this to my own child, I had an aunt request a performance for my little cousin, who found it equally fascinating. I love how the verses flow into an actual story with a plot that is easy to follow for children, mysterious enough to keep them guessing for at least the first read-through, and entertaining enough to keep them requesting more. Bonus: my kid can now tell you what the five senses are, thanks to Sherlock Bones, that sensible hound. So I'd file this one under "educational" as well as entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer in the Dell September 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My grandson enjoys the story as well as the rhyming that takes place to make. The sing song lyrics viable. And enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dem Bones! September 14, 2013
By E K
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My 3 year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed this book.He laughed out loud at the rhymes. Then we had to read it again!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, bad formatting for electronic read. August 16, 2013
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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. :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book for the young sleuths July 29, 2013
By SAW
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story is great and the illustrations priceless
All ages will enjoy the story and pictures
Kudos to Susan and Dorothy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 12 months ago 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 12 months ago 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 12 months ago 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 13 months ago by E. Byers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the little ones
I found Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese to be entertaining and fun to read. My granddaughter (age 6) and I went through the book with me reading part and her reading the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Pruette
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little mystery for the very young reader
Join Sherlock Bones and follow the clues to the missing cheese. This is a cute little story for young readers. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mystery Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book
The illustrations in this book are cute. They will entertain a child and an adult. It is a cute book for beginning readers. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fuzzy Wuzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson's favorite word is cheese
He loves to hear the word cheese when this book is read to him. In fact he wanted more cheese with lunch and his dad told him to ask for what he wanted. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Thompson
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More About the Author

Susan Stevens Crummel, in collaboration with her sister, Janet Stevens (Caldecott Honor Medalist for Tops and Bottoms), has written several children's books including New York Times Best Seller "Help Me, Mr. Mutt!" (winner of the 2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award and named one of Time Magazine's Best Children's Books for 2008), "Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!" (2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award), "And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon" (2002 ALA Notable Book, 2003 Colorado Book Award, 2004 California Young Reader Medal), "Jackalope" ( 2004 Storytelling World Award, 2004 IRA Children's Choice Award), New York Times Best Seller,"The Great Fuzz Frenzy" (NCTE Notable Book and winner of ten 2007-2008 state book awards.

She has also written picture books illustrated by cut-paper artist, Dorothy Donohue, including "City Dog, Country Dog", featured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC., and the "Ten-Gallon Bart" series. Susan had some firsthand experience before writing "Ten-Gallon Bart". As a high school teacher in Texas, one of her extra-curricular duties was sponsoring the rodeo club. Little did she know she'd have to ride a steer in the sponsor's rodeo. "As I clung to the beast's gigantic horns, I decided that the following year, I'd go back to coaching the math team!" she said. Susan also likes to tell stories about her great-great uncle Harvey Doyle, an expert rider and trick roper in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the early 1900s. Susan and Dorothy have a new book coming out in the fall of 2012--"Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese".

Susan travels over 50,000 miles a year speaking at schools, conventions, and workshops throughout the United States. She shares her love of writing with over 100,000 students from coast to coast. In 2005 and 2006 she was invited by Laura Bush to read at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Susan grew up in a Navy family, living throughout the United States before coming to Texas Christian University where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees. Her Texas heritage reaches back to the 1800's when her great-great grandparents settled near Kerrville. Her parents, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins still live in the Hill Country on various family ranches. The setting of Tumbleweed Stew is a Texas ranch called the "Two-Circle" Ranch--a take-off on the Double Circle Ranch owned by her grandfather.

After college, Susan remained in Fort Worth where she began a teaching career that spanned 30 years. During this time, Susan taught 19 different subjects in math/science/computer fields at 5 different schools--both public and private. Her last twenty years of teaching were at Fort Worth Country Day School.

So with this technology background, how did Susan begin writing children's books?
Fifteen years ago, Janet asked her to help write a story involving shoes and a mouse. "Shoe Town" was the beginning of a collaboration that has bridged the many miles between Fort Worth and Boulder, Colorado, Janet's home. As sisters, they share the same sense of humor and enjoy the many hours they spend creating stories to make children and adults laugh.

Susan is married to Richard Crummel, Superintendent of Schools in Burleson, Texas. She has three grown children--Christie, Jason, and Courtney; three grandchildren--Sophia, Matthew, and McKinley; and one feisty cat-- Tweeter, supreme ruler of the universe.

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