Basil The Great Mouse Detective and his trusty companion, Dr. David Q. Dawson, live in the mouse village of Holmestead in the basement of the great Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson at 221B Baker Street in London. Together Basil and Dr. Dawson solve some of the most complex and dastardly mysteries in the mouse world!
They track down lost children, outlaws, fabled mouse colonies, counterfeit cheese and maybe the most impressive of all, the priceless painting of the Mousa Lisa, all while being pursued by their nemesis, Professor Ratigan!
If you’re a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or the recent TV versions of Sherlock Holmes (who doesn’t LOVE Benedict Cumberbatch??!!), you’ll get a kick out of The Great Mouse Detective series with its many nods to the original stories. They’re a fun way to introduce children to the most famous detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes!
The Great Mouse Detective series consists of 5 books:
Basil of Baker Street (1958) — 112 pages
Basil and the Lost Colony (1964) — 96 pages
Basil and the Pygmy Cats (1971) — 109 pages
Basil in Mexico (1976) — 112 pages
Basil in the Wild West (1982) — 112 pages
Disney produced a film called The Great Mouse Detective in 1986 based on the series. It’s a cute film you’ll enjoy watching after you’ve read the books.
Advanced Early Grade reading level, 100+ pages, Mysteries, Books for Boys, Published 1958 – 1982.