Title: The Taylor Street IrregularsThe Taylor Street Irregulars1
Author: Bill Knott
Illustrator: Ben Smith
Pages: 115
Reading Level: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Kiddie mystery!

The Story.

Boots’ dog, Tiger, is always bringing stuff home. Sometimes it’s an old bone or tennis ball – other times it’s a little more interesting. Most interesting of all is the day Tiger returns home with a jewelry box in his mouth – a jewelry box that contains a beautiful diamond necklace!

Where did Tiger find this box? Did he steal it from someone? Or did he recover it from another thief?

Discussion.

I enjoyed this story. The involvement of a dog in the case made it much more fun, and the scenes in which the boys try to tail Tiger were quite humorous.

I was a bit disappointed, though, that there weren’t more references to Holmes and Watson – especially since the name of the book is an obvious reference to that august pair and the description confirmed that reference. But Boots, Tony, and T.J. don’t really even mention Holmes and Watson – they just fly along on their little case which consisted mostly of wondering what Tiger would bring home next and following up one lead that gets Boots kidnapped, locked into a closet, and completely informed as to who the criminals are.

Tony is a little hard on T.J. early on in their relationship – he teases T.J. about his small size, and is sarcastic when T.J. offers to help them. However, Boots handles T.J. as a friend, and in the end all are necessary to solve their mystery.

‘Gee’ and ‘golly’ are each used once.

Conclusion. Cute – not especially brilliant, but not bad either.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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