Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A Mystery Comes Knocking

A Mystery Comes Knocking (Hamster Holmes) Albin Sadar. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Hamster Holmes was a very smart detective.

Premise/plot: Hamster Holmes and his firefly sidekick Dr Watt solve mysteries together. In this one a squirrel can't figure out who is knocking at his door late at night. By the time he opens the door, no one is in sight. Can these two detectives solve the case?

My thoughts: I liked this one. I probably would have liked it more as a kid. (I loved hamsters. Owned a few over the years too.) It is nice to introduce a new series of early readers to children. Series are so very important developmentally.

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