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Barry Baskerville Solves a Case Paperback – April 5, 2013
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What is Barry Baskerville like exactly? Well, this pint-sized deerstalker-wearing grade-schooler in the sleepy town of Watsonville loves to conduct strange scientific experiments to expand his knowledge of detection much to the consternation of his parents and his classmates, John, Mary, and especially Irene who seems to be sweet on him. Sound familiar?
The plot of his first adventure sees Barry helping his otherwise helpless nostalgia collector father from being ripped off by the unscrupulous Dr. Roylott. That's right the villain of the piece is the namesake of the villain Holmes encountered in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." Parents will be amused to see that Barry's Dad spends his time collecting pulps, comics, and autographs of literary greats.
Kids will love having a child protagonist who is proud of his intelligence, follows the beat of his own drum, and is far too confident to allow others to pigeonhole him as a geek. Barry Baskerville Solves a Case is a delightful children's title that easily belongs in every library's children's section. This is a fun little mystery for all ages to appreciate with a positive message about reading, revering the past, applying knowledge, and not following the crowd. Here's hoping Kellogg and Kato continue this series. Barry Baskerville is far and away the best of that infamous family and I'd like to see him continue to rehabilitate the family name.
This book should prove to be an enjoyable, fast read for its intended age group, and is to be commended for its message: intelligence, knowledge and logical thinking are good things with tangible rewards.