How to be a Detective
Dan Waddell & Jim Smith
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
f there's a junior Sherlock Holmes in the family, here's the perfect activity book to get your pint-sized detective into an investigation mode.
Featuring hands-on activities and flaps on each page that will walk your amateur sleuth through the case, this sturdy volume begins with information about the legendary, fictional Baker Street detective.
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and a list of necessary equipment such as a camera, magnifying glass and fingerprinting kit. Don't worry; the book comes with the magnifier and an ink pad for taking fingerprints, plus instructions on how to make your own periscope.
s the young investigator moves through the book, he or she will discover material hidden behind flaps on how to analyze a crime scene, take fingerprints, and recognize clues like footprints, hair samples and lipstick. Other sections delve into disguises, surveillance, and tips on making a Wanted Poster.
f course, any good detective needs to be familiar with questioning witnesses, interviewing suspects, and analyzing handwriting. There's information here on these skills as well as determining a criminal's modus operandi and working up a criminal's profile.
ike Sherlock, your amateur detective may want to have a partner (a Dr. Watson, in other words!) and there's a section on how to work well with a sidekick. There's also a recipe for making invisible ink necessary for sending secret messages and how to set up a dead letter box.
nce the novice gumshoe understands how to approach a mystery, he or she will find a poster,
The Case of the Missing Moaning Jenny
, that provides an opportunity to test those new investigative skills. Don't tackle this missing painting case, though, until you've read the book!
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