Title: Sherlock Bones and the Art and Science Alliance
Author: Renee Treml
Genre: Science Fiction Mystery
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Published: 3rd May 2022
Synopsis: The intrepid Sherlock Bones and his quietly funny sidekick, Watts, and their animal friends are back to sneak around the museum and solve any mysteries that come their way. Full of fun, friendship and fascinating facts, this fabulous graphic novel is perfect for young readers who love adventure, mystery and a little bit of mayhem.
Hi there, I’m Sherlock Bones – tawny frogmouth skeleton, chief sleuth and star of all museum-related investigations!
Today is an exciting day because the museum has a new exhibit – and a new mystery!
Together with my partners, the ever-brilliant Watts and talking bundle of fur Grace, I’m here to track down the ghost that’s destroying the museum.
You might not be able to hear Watts, because, technically, she’s a stuffed parrot, but I always know what she’s thinking.
And right now she’s thinking: Can we solve the mystery of the haunted painting?
Sherlock Bones, the tawny frog-mouth detective at the museum is back with his good friends, Grace the racoon, and Watts, a stuffed puppet for a new mystery. This time, the science museum is teaming up with an art museum for a new exhibit combining the wonders of science and art – but there is a ghost that is driving people away before it has even opened, so when the museum closes at night, Sherlock Bones, Grace, and Watts set out to investigate, and stumble across an albino possum, and from there, they earn about nocturnal animals, hydras, and glimpse the artist using the ghost story to his advantage. But is the ghost real, or is there a more natural or nature-driven explanation for what is going on?
When it comes to graphic novels, I don’t read many – mostly for quiz writing now, but the Sherlock Bones ones are some of my favourite graphic novel series, as it is filled with fun and knowledge for readers of all ages, and it was even one of the first graphic novels I tried. In that vein, I think graphic novels are like any books in any genre – you just must find the ones that work for you, and those are the ones you will enjoy the most. This applies to readers of all ages, as I think this ensure we all enjoy what we read, rather than reading something because we feel like we must fit in or because we’re pressured into reading something popular. Which is why I like Sherlock Bones – like most of my favourite series, I started reading it before it gained lots of attention, so I feel connected to it and find that I can get enthusiastic about it. I like the two-tone images in it, as it allows me to imagine the museum at night and fill in the details I want to see or that I imagine in between what we are given. I think this is a powerful and effective way of presenting the books, as it means all readers can imagine the books the way they want to.
The mystery was great as it united science and art, and I loved Sherlock Bones’ passion, and his dedication to finding out what was going on, and once they did, finding a solution with Grace. It is another great book that illustrates the power of working together and sharing knowledge, to overcome obstacles even when there are people like the guard and the artist trying to thwart them. It’s a fun series, because each mystery is contained within the museum, and I feel like we learn something new about each character with each story. It is a clever retelling of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and I am so keen to see what else is happening in Sherlock and Grace’s world. This fun series has something for everyone, and jokes that readers of all ages can appreciate and understand on different levels. I love that Sherlock speaks for Watts, but the stuffed parrot is just as important and just as present in the stories, and provides a great link to the idea of how three very different creatures living in a museum can solve a mystery.
It’s a great series, and one that I enjoy following. It’s filled with science, art, imagination, mystery, humour, and so many other things, that I think it will tick many boxes for readers looking for something like this, and it is sure to gain fans and a readership.