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Basil of Baker Street (Basil of Baker Street #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  655 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Basil--famous sleuth of mousedom--lived in the cellar of Sherlock Holmes' house. A devoted admirer of the great detective, he had learned his craft by listening at the feet of Holmes himself. The Mystery of the Missing Twins was one of the strangest cases in Basil's career. He had only a few crumbs of clues with which to find solutions to such baffling questions as: Who ha ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 23rd 1989 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1958)
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I’m sorry to admit that as much as I have always love Disney’s Great Mouse Detective, this the first time I have read this book. I don’t know why I never picked it up as a child, but I didn’t.
It is a mouse version of Sherlock with nice tie ins to the Sherlock stories. A bit moralistic at the end – don’t talk to strangers you hear. But good fun.
Lindsay Stares
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Sheila Beaumont
Basil is the Sherlock Holmes of the Mouse World. His friend and associate Dr. Dawson narrates the story. Mrs. Judson is their mousekeeper. The mouse detective has learned his sleuthing skills by listening to Sherlock Holmes tell Dr. Watson how he solved his cases. Basil takes notes in shortpaw. Basil and Dr. Dawson live in the mouse village, Holmestead, in the cellar at 221B Baker Street. In this book Basil solves the kidnapping of the mouse twins Angela and Agatha. Children will enjoy this book ...more
After watching the great Disney movie The Great Mouse Detectives I decided to look up some fanart. Suddenly I kept hearing about some book about Basil, so I looked it up here on Goodreads, and sure enough it's a book. The next time I visited the library I looked for it and to my great delight it was there. It was a very easy read. My forgotten childhood hero rose to new heights. A really great kids book and another great mystery to add to my small shelf. I usually don't willingly read mysteries ...more
For fans of Sherlock Holmes and the Disney film about Basil, this is a great and incredibly easy read. I love how the author nonchalantly creates her mouse detective as a Holmes miniature, paying homage along the way and every now and then throwing in the considerations one must take to be a mouse. Also, Dawson is not nearly as bumbling as Disney made him, the which I totally approve of. Basil is a cleaned up, caring version of Holmes; as the author wishes, a great bridge to the grown-up's detec ...more
Great children's book. Similar to Sherlock Holmes, but written for elementary-aged kids, with a mouse detective (Basil) and a mouse sidekick (Dr. Dawson) and lots of other mouse characters. Looks like My Father's Dragon in terms of length, size of type, and number of words on a page, but has lots of high-level vocabulary. Written back in the 50's so a bit old-fashioned, and I mean that in a good way.
Really good for kids! This was one of my favorites, along with Ghost in the Third Row, when I was just starting to read (I really hated reading, but you would know an interesting book if I actually kept with it.) This is short and quick enough to keep a kid engaged and it's about mice in clothes! Who wouldn't like it??
Kevin Magpoc
I'm reminded of "Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos" (written far before this book) in which it is revealed that Franklin was actually heavily inspired by a mouse friend. "Basil of Baker Street" works the other way around - it tells the story of a mouse who lives with Sherlock Holmes, though presumably unbeknownst to Holmes himself, and idolizes him to the point of actually going out and solving crimes and mysteries in the mouse world. So what you get her ...more
The pictures are kind of weird; for anthropomorphic mice, their faces look a little too mouse-y. Where are their mouths??! Maybe that's just because I saw the Disney movie based on this book (the Great Mouse Detective) first. The story itself is fine and works as a great introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes for small children.

Still, I'm not sure I kept this book because I liked it, or because I spilled blood on it while I was at the hospital.
Drew Graham
Basil of Baker Street is the Sherlock Holmes of the Mouse World. Living with a community of mice in the cellar of his idol, Basil has learned the tricks of the deduction trade and hasn't yet met with a case he couldn't solve. When the Proudfoot twins Angela and Agatha go missing, it's up to Basil and his associate Dawson to find out who took them and why, and to get them back!

I've reached The Great Mouse Detective in my Disney source material read-through, and until now I had always thought that
So the kids liked this one, maybe the six-year-old more than the nine-year-old. 6yo is really amped up to read the next one and 9yo wants to reread this one on her own. So I'm pleased they liked it.

For myself, I wish the book had some more elements of fun and humor. Some more mousiness. There are really very few mousey mouse scenes/jokes/puns. The book takes itself VERY seriously for being a kid's book about a mouse detective. If you took one of the simpler Holmes canon stories and changed the n
Aunque la mayor parte de las portadas modernas parecen indicar que este libro parte de la película "Basil, el ratón superdetective" de Disney, la realidad es que es al revés.

Mi acercamiento a esta pequeña novela infantil viene precisamente de mi adoración por la película animada. Solo hace unos pocos meses me enteré de que estaba basada en una popular (en ingles) serie de libros, escrita por Eve Titus.

Es un libro muy entretenido, con estupendas ilustraciones de Paul Galdone. En él, un raton imit
May 04, 2015 ThenSingsMySoul rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Small Children who have a fascination with mice and/or Sherlock Holmes
Shelves: read-aloud
I read this book because I loved the Disney movie it inspired; The Great Mouse Detective. When I found it had first been a book I had to get my hands on it. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it before seeing the movie. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I were younger.

The thing of it is, this book is very much a children's book. I do not mean that as a negative necessarily, there have been many children's books I enjoyed immensely and will continue to read the rest of my l
"The Mystery of the Missing Twins could never have been solved by an ordinary detective."
(...that is the first sentence of the cutest mouse book ever...)

Basil is a mouse with a nose for solving problems, just like his hero, Sherlock Holmes. In this story, Basil and his comrade, "Dr. Dawson", are presented with The Mystery of the Missing Twins---a quaint storyline that all little children will love---and adults will too. The author, Eve Titus, so clearly depicts the true Holmes through Basil's de
In spite of the fact that The Great Mouse Detective was one of my favorite movies for about a million years, I didn't realize until pretty recently that it was based on a book! Or more than one book, actually. This is really fun. I wished that the book, like the movie, made the connection to Sherlock Holmes more subtle, and frankly, the Terrible Three are no Professor Ratigan, but still a good read. Now I need to read more until Professor Ratigan shows up.
Amanda Wheet
While there is no Ratigan in this first book, we get the jist of Basil and Dr. Dawson. An enjoyable read, and I actually think the plot of this would have worked better for The Great Mouse Detective, rather than the attempt to overthrow the Queen. However, I still enjoy The Great Mouse Detective for all that it symbolized and the era of films it rang in. To Oliver and Company we go!
Owen says: I like the plot of the book and I like how it showed how Dr. Dawson and Basil used disguises. I would read it again. I really enjoyed it.

Rob says: Very cute mystery set in the world of mice. Very different from the Disney movie in a good way. Recommended for the Sherlock Holmes fan.
3.5/5, I think watching the Disney film ruined my enjoyment of this one. The Disney film seemed more mature and sophisticated, though it still had its problems. This book is definitely more for the younger set, 6-9, rather than 9-12.
This book is really cute and makes me want to watch the movie again.
Cute story based on Sherlock Holmes... of the mouse world. As someone who grew up reading every Sherlock story I could get my hands on, I think this is a super fun way to get children started on his stories (in a simple way), a bit earlier.
I will adore Basil of Baker Street until I die.
I had read this book, or others in the series, about 15 years ago. Was a huge fan of them. It was my first introduction to Sherlock Holmes, though a weak one, and I have no memory of them aside from the art work. The start is a little rough and a bit boring. If missing twins is the most challenging case of his career, I'd hate to read about the other cases!

The story did pick up towards the middle and kept the pace going nicely to the end. I might pick up a few of the other ones and see if they i
Melanie Rightmyer
We loved this book! Basil is the Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes you will enjoy this book! I really liked the language in this book, here is a sample sentence.
"Now you are jesting," I said. "There was no way for you to deduce that fact."

If you are reading this to young children you should be aware that this story is about the disappearance of two small children. This was a little worrisome for one of my children.
A great introduction to Sherlock Holmes. This is a fun way to introduce kids to mysteries and get them interested in the master himself.
Beth Anne
Read aloud to Emma. Very fun. Fond childhood memories.
S. J.
*4 Stars*

*The Gush*
The book that was the inspiration for Disney's The Great Mouse Detective. A excellent adaptation of Sherlock Holmes for children, I first read it in High School and loved it then. It's been awhile and I can't remember much about it, but it is well worth a read.

If you like The Great Mouse Detective, read it.
This is a fun series. I'm a big Holmes fan, and this is a cool take on it for children. The illustrations are wonderful, and both the author and illustrator have great senses of humor. If you're going to buy them, however, buy the hardcovers. The paperback I read was really poorly reproduced; the illustrations were badly effected.
Basil is the mouse-counterpart of Dr. Sherlock Holmes, and his stories are told from the viewpoint of his friend and colleague, Dr. David Q. Dawson. They are silly, cute, and imaginative little stories, perfect for whetting the appetite for future Holmes readers.
Suggested for ages 5 - 8 (ish).
Ryan Ceresnak
A fun little book I remember reading as a kid. Now as an adult, I see it as a great introduction for kids into the world of Sherlock Holmes - Once they fall in love with Basil, hopefully they'll want to explore the stories of the greatest detective of the human world.
If younger kids (2nd-3rd grade, maybe) like mysteries or Sherlock Holmes type stuff, they'll like this. It's a quick read, lots of pictures - but definitely old-school. Good for parents looking for "good books" for their kids. I read it in about half an hour...
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Eve Titus was the author of numerous bestselling and beloved children's books.

Her most famous characters include Anatole, a French mouse and Basil of Baker Street, a mouse who works as a private eye. Her book, Anatole, won the 1957 Caldecott Honor Book award.

She died in 2002 in Orlando, Florida.
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