Review of How To Be A Great Detective
There is so much satisfaction to be gained from inquiring, searching, and coming to a conclusion - especially if you are a child with a thirst for knowledge or simply wanting enjoyment while you learn. Here is a brilliantly designed concept in book form. It is an imaginative interactive novel encouraging readers to think and see beyond the obvious while simultaneously being educated and entertained.
It is set mainly in a small school. Claudie, the main character, is a literature lover who does a lot of detective work. she is an intelligent, questioning leader, with an overactive imagination and a band of followers just as interesting. During one of her 'discoveries' in the school grounds she finds what appears to be a series of murder clues, which initiates an investigation by the gang. Claudie sets out to provide tangible evidence, thereby embroiling herself and the others in sticky situations. They all learn that things are not always what they seem and that one should never jump to conclusions.
The book is hilarious and real, intelligent and exciting, with a cast of colourful characters. Highly recommended for children and adults who like to laugh. 5 stars.
Published in Good Reading Magazine on May 1, 2005.