Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Astounding Adventure of the Ancient Dragon by Jose Prendes

elementaryElementary, My Dear Watson – The Astounding Adventure of the Ancient Dragon

By Jose Prendes

174 pages – ages 9+

Published by Curiosity Quills Press on March 3, 2014

12-year-old John H. Watson was distraught. His mother was dying, his father was depressed because of it, and he was going to Candlewood Boarding School for Boys and Girls because his home was not a happy environment (and because he was neglecting his studies, of course). When a bully, calling himself Moriarty, orders Watson to hand over his money, a young boy, Watson’s age, saves him from Moriarty. The boy introduces himself as Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. When classmates start disappearing, Sherlock starts investigating, along with his new friend. Where are all the missing students going? And who is responsible for it?

First of all, I am a huge fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books. Sherlock Holmes never ceases to amaze me.I was a little worried that reading about a young version of Sherlock would not live up to what I would expect. This book however, was a great read (cool cover too)! I really like how Mr. Prendes mixes up Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters and jumbles them into middle school. It was marvelously done. I especially like the irony in one scene, where Holmes, Watson, and another student are investigating the case, and the Head Mistress of the school walks in on it. Holmes says that they are acting out a play with 3 characters from Shakespeare’s plays. When the Head Mistress points out that they aren’t from the same play, Holmes states that it is pretending if the characters had met each other in Middle School – just like they are in this book! 😉 Mr. Prendes also included of the thrill from Doyle’s mysteries, and I loved every second of it. The book was a very fast read for me. I read this book in less than a day. The plot of the story kept me on the edge of my seat, and I immediately liked John Watson. Mr. Prendes has written a great book. I would like to read other books written by him, especially from this series.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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20 replies

  1. I love Sherlock Holmes. I love the books and the movies. Just can’t get enough of him and Watson. But a young Sherlock Holmes? That fascinates me. Nice fast review. I need to find this book. 🙂

  2. That sounds fabulous, Erik! Great idea to mix Shakespeare in with Sherlock.

  3. I need a Sherlock and Watson here at my house. They can rescue me when I get scared.

    Love and licks,

  4. Sherlock and Watson as kids! How elementary!

  5. I do love a good Holmes story. This sounds like a great way to introduce the gallant Holmes and Watson duo to a younger reading crowd in a fun way.

  6. What a fabulous way to get kids interested in these classic mysteries! I, too, am a Sherlock fan. This one really tickles my fancy.

  7. What a high recommendation, Erik. Thanks for sharing,
    CM for “The Gang”

  8. I like books about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. What a clever idea to write a book about when they were young. This one appeals to me.

  9. Hey there, Thanks for the great review, so happy you enjoyed the boys and their first adventure! Sherlock is a blast and a true joy to write. I have 9 more adventures in the works with Volume 2 due out mid-next year. Here is a link to the fan page for more info:


  10. Love reading about your fascination with Sherlock Holmes. He is something else, isn’t he? Somehow, the tv series just doesn’t live up to my image of Sherlock Holmes, sadly. I know I’m a minority with that view though. 🙂

    • I don’t watch TV, so I don’t know the series (although isn’t Watson female-ized in that one? If so, that’s just wrong. If they try to set something up, that’s even more horrible. Holmes isn’t interested in love. Just facts and mystery.). 😀

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