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The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book


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The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book

30 review for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Philliber

    I sat my youngest grandson down with this book in hand and asked him, "Have you ever heard of Sherlock Holmes?" He thought for a bit and then shook his head no. I knew, then, that I had failed as a grandfather! So this handy, fully illustrated volume was the perfect gateway into the legacy of Sherlock Holmes for a grandfather to read with his grandson. The book only includes three of Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of the great detective: "The Red-Headed League" "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" a I sat my youngest grandson down with this book in hand and asked him, "Have you ever heard of Sherlock Holmes?" He thought for a bit and then shook his head no. I knew, then, that I had failed as a grandfather! So this handy, fully illustrated volume was the perfect gateway into the legacy of Sherlock Holmes for a grandfather to read with his grandson. The book only includes three of Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of the great detective: "The Red-Headed League" "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches". Illustrations are on every other page and help young readers to stay with the story line. And Malvina G. Vogel has edited these stories in such a way that it is almost impossible to tell where she has made adaptions and edits. It is large print that old eyes and young readers alike can take in comfortably. Now my grandson has had a taste of Holmes and Watson, and it has been my pleasure to introduce him to these stories. This version of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" in the Great Illustrated Classics series was just the right book to use for this task of love. I propose all grandparents snatch up a copy and make it a happy priority to read to their grandchildren, and especially about the deeds and deductions of this great detective. I highly recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Although I had purchased it some years earlier, I actually read this adaptation of Doyle’s famous detective in High School, at which time the Jeremy Brett series of Holmes stories was running on PBS. I greatly enjoyed reading the stories, but always sort of viewed the television version as my “primary” access to the stories. The main thing I recall about reading the stories is giggling when Doyle wrote that “Holmes ejaculated” when he exclaimed – one of my first encounters with the way usage cha Although I had purchased it some years earlier, I actually read this adaptation of Doyle’s famous detective in High School, at which time the Jeremy Brett series of Holmes stories was running on PBS. I greatly enjoyed reading the stories, but always sort of viewed the television version as my “primary” access to the stories. The main thing I recall about reading the stories is giggling when Doyle wrote that “Holmes ejaculated” when he exclaimed – one of my first encounters with the way usage changes over time. That, and how fascinated I was by all the Freemasons one encounters in the stories; they were certainly more common at the time. Anyway, after my youthful reading, I put the book aside and never read any more Doyle, until recently, though I have watched re-runs of the show as well as many filmed adaptations of Holmes in the intervening years. Today I am coming to see reading Sherlock Holmes as a pleasure I had forgotten about for many years, like a friend one has been out of touch with for much too long. I still enjoy my various visual adaptations, but there is something particularly warm and comforting about transporting to Baker Street by the original means. It may be many years before I finish languidly reading each one, turning over the words slowly in my mind, but I do enjoy the ride, and especially when a scene or turn of phrase reminds me of reading it all those years ago.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    There are only three stories in this edition, but they are among the best. What knocked it down from 4 to 3 stars are the illustrations. They are serviceable, but they, in my opinion, did not match up with the line of dialogue below. A bit disconcerting and pulled me out of the story on a couple of occasions. Still, it is a great book for parents or grandparents that want to introduce the World's Greatest Detective (Sorry Batman) to the younger members of their family. Find it. Buy it. Read it! There are only three stories in this edition, but they are among the best. What knocked it down from 4 to 3 stars are the illustrations. They are serviceable, but they, in my opinion, did not match up with the line of dialogue below. A bit disconcerting and pulled me out of the story on a couple of occasions. Still, it is a great book for parents or grandparents that want to introduce the World's Greatest Detective (Sorry Batman) to the younger members of their family. Find it. Buy it. Read it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dev Ojha

    The language is the book is superb although in some parts there was soem complex language. It's feels pretty good to read the book after watching the series.Pretty mind-chilling in some parts. The narative point of view is 3rd person omniscient and in some parts it is 3rd person limited. The narrator in the book is Dr. Watson who is Sherlock's partner. After reading the book for a while, i realised that the reason Dr. Watson is the narator rather than Sherlock because in some parts Watson praise The language is the book is superb although in some parts there was soem complex language. It's feels pretty good to read the book after watching the series.Pretty mind-chilling in some parts. The narative point of view is 3rd person omniscient and in some parts it is 3rd person limited. The narrator in the book is Dr. Watson who is Sherlock's partner. After reading the book for a while, i realised that the reason Dr. Watson is the narator rather than Sherlock because in some parts Watson praises Sherlock and what he does. I guess you couldn't write about yourself and praise yourself. First person narrative would have destroyed the suspense, because Holmes would have been explaining his thought process as he went along, thus solving the case in the middle of the story for himself, rather than solving it for the reader at the end. The hint of something evil will take place in the book comes at the start of the book which is the main reason the reader stays stuck to the book. However, the evil is not introduced almost halfway through the book. The author uses Watson's point of view to introduce the evil character so that the tension does not get killed. The character is introduced in a very subtle way and the reader does not comprehend him to be evil when he is introduced. However, all of a sudden the eveil in the character comes alive. Therefore, it makes this interesting. The autjor is very clever and uses this to settle evrything in.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book is a simplified adaptation of three of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, rewritten by Malvina G. Vogel and intended for younger children who may not understand the stories as well in their original context. This book was purchased for me when I was young, and while I enjoyed it very much then, I find myself disliking it quite a bit as an adult. My main issue with this adaptation is that the perspective of the stories has been changed completely to third-person. There is no reason to This book is a simplified adaptation of three of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, rewritten by Malvina G. Vogel and intended for younger children who may not understand the stories as well in their original context. This book was purchased for me when I was young, and while I enjoyed it very much then, I find myself disliking it quite a bit as an adult. My main issue with this adaptation is that the perspective of the stories has been changed completely to third-person. There is no reason to have changed them from Watson's first-person perspective, in my opinion, as I don't believe that such a perspective would actually confuse children. I believe that it takes away a lot of the feeling of the original stories, in which Watson's thoughts about certain situations or deductions that Holmes would make added a more personal touch. There is also the fact that the simplified writing is just not very good. On the other hand, I understand the reasoning behind changing certain phrases to more modern counterparts - in modern society, if you apologized for "knocking someone up" rather than "waking them up" there -may- be a bit of confusion. All in all, I don't think this is a very good adaptation. However, it would make a fine enough choice for a child who is interested in mysteries (just make sure you introduce that child to the REAL stories later in life)!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Berron

    Really nice set of stories, as someone who loves observing and deducting this kept me quite entertained while reading. Very easy to read through although it took me longer than I expected, merely because of commitment issues at the beginning, but I would recommend it, after all, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are classics and there will always be more crimes for the Great Sherlock Holmes to solve. 🔎

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brettx1143hotdog

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The crime has come back in the book, the adventures of sherlock holmes Crime investigation, Sherlock the detective who is also my favorite character… Sherlock Holmes is an awesome detective. It was pretty hard to read some parts but otherwise, I thought it was good. Waston I feel like does so little compared to Sherlock in the story a person I forgot the name dies in there chair when a snake kills them. I wouldn't change any part if I were the author because they wrapped up all they could at the e The crime has come back in the book, the adventures of sherlock holmes Crime investigation, Sherlock the detective who is also my favorite character… Sherlock Holmes is an awesome detective. It was pretty hard to read some parts but otherwise, I thought it was good. Waston I feel like does so little compared to Sherlock in the story a person I forgot the name dies in there chair when a snake kills them. I wouldn't change any part if I were the author because they wrapped up all they could at the end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Grissom

    Read this with my ten year old son. I don’t particularly enjoy the genre of old school mysteries, where the hero figures out the solution without any clues whatsoever, and then has a big reveal full of all sorts of clues the reader was never told about. However, my son really enjoyed that aspect. And really the stories were short and entertaining enough, plus there were pictures!

  9. 5 out of 5

    M

    This was my son’s book and he did not like it, but I have always loved Sherlock Holmes and thought I would give it a try. This version makes Sherlock Holmes accessible to all ages. It consists of three creepy stories that are original and thoughtful. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Eli liked it well enough.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I intend on reading the full length novel sometime in the future. I feel like a bunch of details were paraphrased to make it easier for young readers and I’m curious.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robbin

    This was such a good book. I'm so glad I was finally able to read mysteries featuring the original Sherlock Holmes. This book is a great classic to add to your book collection. This was such a good book. I'm so glad I was finally able to read mysteries featuring the original Sherlock Holmes. This book is a great classic to add to your book collection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caspar Vega

    Loved this series as a kid.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    (Reading with the grandkids)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Big text + lightweight book + illustrations on every other page = 👍👍👍 Also, the stories were fun and the mysteries not obvious

  16. 4 out of 5

    Taunya Rosenquist

    Cooper and my out loud read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Quinn

    Admitted, the edition I read was MUCH older than this one... one of those books that you find on a back shelf that predates putting the ISBN on the back cover. Nevertheless, the table of contents match - though mine had no pictures, as I believe this one does. These were fun little stories, but I'm still stumped on how the reader is supposed to solve any of these mysteries. Each of the chapters is a quick telling of a single case - and in each one, you know that Holmes has picked up some clues or Admitted, the edition I read was MUCH older than this one... one of those books that you find on a back shelf that predates putting the ISBN on the back cover. Nevertheless, the table of contents match - though mine had no pictures, as I believe this one does. These were fun little stories, but I'm still stumped on how the reader is supposed to solve any of these mysteries. Each of the chapters is a quick telling of a single case - and in each one, you know that Holmes has picked up some clues or has some deeper understanding of the situation that will not been disclosed to you until after the case is solved. I wanted to read this after watching the movie - to see how outlandishly wrong they were in their interpretation. Though there was definitely more explosions and brawls in the Guy Ritchie interpretation, I could definitely see a basis for how he established the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Of course, I could see the hints at a more frenetic Holmes after having seen the film - I don't know that I'd personally invent the Ritchie characters without that prompt. But that's the great thing about books from this era/genre... they're very open to wild variances in interpretation and retelling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Priyadarshni Palanikumar

    One of my possessions from childhood, which popped up as we were moving. The book was amazing as expected, Sherlock always is. This edition had three cases, the Red-Headed League, the Adventure of the Copper Beeches and the Case of the Speckled Band. I could find similarities between the latter two cases in the motives of the criminals, and in both cases, Holmes prevents the final act from happening with a finesse that drives Doctor Watson to his wit's end. The former case however differs in moti One of my possessions from childhood, which popped up as we were moving. The book was amazing as expected, Sherlock always is. This edition had three cases, the Red-Headed League, the Adventure of the Copper Beeches and the Case of the Speckled Band. I could find similarities between the latter two cases in the motives of the criminals, and in both cases, Holmes prevents the final act from happening with a finesse that drives Doctor Watson to his wit's end. The former case however differs in motive from the others radically, but gains the same incredulous look from the audience at Holmes' methods. However, there was a clever under plot of Holmes already familiar with the criminal's patterns. I wish that back story had been described in the story. And another point I should probably talk about with this illustrated edition is, of course, the illustrations themselves. They were excellent, with narrative images indicated clearly, and portrayed the world as seen in 1880's excellently. One exasperating point was the referral to Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson and all of the characters pertaining to each of the cases with their full name including salutations every time. It was tiring after a while. But, great read in general!

  19. 4 out of 5

    JP

    This book is named The adventure of Sherlock Holmes and the athour of the book is Conan Doyle. The book is a fiction book and I think the genre of the book is crime and mystery. I choose the book because i never read Sherlock Holmes in english so i read it on english. The book is about Sherlock Holmes solving problems like a pro. Sherlock Holmes is a really smart and creative guy and he is really good at boxing too. D.Watson is Sherlock's best friend and sometimes he gives the clue to solve the This book is named The adventure of Sherlock Holmes and the athour of the book is Conan Doyle. The book is a fiction book and I think the genre of the book is crime and mystery. I choose the book because i never read Sherlock Holmes in english so i read it on english. The book is about Sherlock Holmes solving problems like a pro. Sherlock Holmes is a really smart and creative guy and he is really good at boxing too. D.Watson is Sherlock's best friend and sometimes he gives the clue to solve the problem.I like this book because it never tells how Sherlock solves the problem till the end. My favorite part is when Sherlock tells how he solved the problem because it makes me think he is a . I think this book would be for kids like 10 or 12 year olds and if i would rate this book i would rate 9/10.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stewart

    Up until I read this 166-page, 12-story collection of Sherlock Holmes cases, I had never read any of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of his famous English detective, although I had seen two movies and a couple of TV episodes. It is always a challenge for readers to compare their observational skills and deductive reasoning against the world's most famous detective. Also fun is seeing 1890s London, before automobiles, airplanes, and the widespread use of electricity. London then was gas-lit, transpo Up until I read this 166-page, 12-story collection of Sherlock Holmes cases, I had never read any of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of his famous English detective, although I had seen two movies and a couple of TV episodes. It is always a challenge for readers to compare their observational skills and deductive reasoning against the world's most famous detective. Also fun is seeing 1890s London, before automobiles, airplanes, and the widespread use of electricity. London then was gas-lit, transportation was by carriage or railroad or walking, and communication by letter or in person. Holmes did much of his research by reading the daily newspapers! I also had to look up a few Britishisms, some archaic, such as coster, gasogene, assize, and spirit case.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Damian

    Hey there everybody I am back with yet another "Great Illustrated Classics" book. I was an instant sucker because I love ANYTHING Sherlock Holmes-like. Aside from the fanboying I genuinely found these great mysteries aside from the lack of page size and small words (but that's to be expected). This book contains three great tales of the fantastically intelligent Sherlock Holmes and his partner Doctor Watson (who's not to be underestimated!) all over England and beyond. Don't forget, Until next t Hey there everybody I am back with yet another "Great Illustrated Classics" book. I was an instant sucker because I love ANYTHING Sherlock Holmes-like. Aside from the fanboying I genuinely found these great mysteries aside from the lack of page size and small words (but that's to be expected). This book contains three great tales of the fantastically intelligent Sherlock Holmes and his partner Doctor Watson (who's not to be underestimated!) all over England and beyond. Don't forget, Until next time, read more books! ( you can find copies and "sneak peeks" of many fantabulous books at Smashwords.com if anyone's interested.)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Asti Harahap

    Yay! This novel contained some various cases that need to be solved by "our detective" Mr. Holmes! \^^/ i got this novel from my Australian friend who is a lecturer :) thank you for this novel you gave me. :) Yay! This novel contained some various cases that need to be solved by "our detective" Mr. Holmes! \^^/ i got this novel from my Australian friend who is a lecturer :) thank you for this novel you gave me. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rom

    This is the fist Sherlock Holmes book I've read. It was good read, very interesting and I loved the illustrations. I recommend it to any English learner who wants to read an easily written detective book. This is the fist Sherlock Holmes book I've read. It was good read, very interesting and I loved the illustrations. I recommend it to any English learner who wants to read an easily written detective book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

    This is an abridged version for children. I use them (there is a series of books - The Great Illustrated Classics) to read with the our children every evening.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Oh man. These stories are classic. And, anyone who says the Robert Downey Jr. portrayal of Sherlock Holmes was horrible, has not read these stories.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie S.

    This is not my edition, but I'm using it as a placeholder until I can find the real one. This is not my edition, but I'm using it as a placeholder until I can find the real one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mars

    The first Sherlock Holmes book I owned. Because of the illustrations, I don't have difficulty recalling details about the three stories here, unlike with the rest of the SH stories. The first Sherlock Holmes book I owned. Because of the illustrations, I don't have difficulty recalling details about the three stories here, unlike with the rest of the SH stories.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jack Doler

    I think Sherlock Holmes was a great man. I wish I was Sherlock. If I were I would be enjoying it right now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    A lovely introduction to Sherlock Holmes for younger readers, as the adaptions are quite in line with the original stories with plenty of fascinating illustrations on the side.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    Very Cool!

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