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PRHC October 2022 Kids Key Titles (Eastern)

Arthur Who Wrote Sherlock
By (author): Linda Bailey Illustrated by: Isabelle Follath
Linda Bailey ,

Illustrated by :

Isabelle Follath


Tundra Books



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Children: Age (years) 5 - 9, Grade (US) K - 4
Oct 18, 2022
$24.99 CAD


11.31in x 8.88 x 0.45 in | 1.17 lb

Page Count:

56 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / Europe
The adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, come to life in this inspiring picture book biography.

What if you wrote a story about a detective, and he became the most famous detective ever? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Or…would it? Arthur has always loved stories. Even as he grew up poor, endured hardships at school and experienced danger on the high seas, Arthur was always thrilled and inspired by stories. Eventually, he writes his own, and after many years of struggle as a writer, he finally finds success with a series of mystery stories starring his genius detective, Sherlock Holmes. But is it possible for a character to become too successful? Too popular? And if that happens to Arthur, will he really throw his greatest literary creation…over a cliff?!

From the author of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein comes a riveting and humorous picture book about the incredible life of Arthur Conan Doyle: doctor, adventurer, tireless campaigner for justice…and creator of the world’s most famous detective!

“THE MOST FAMOUS MAN WHO NEVER WAS”: Arthur’s fictional detective is, according to Guinness World Records, the most portrayed literary character in film and television history. Recognized around the world and in every language, Sherlock’s popularity has been so enduring that he’s often been confused for a real person.

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: Arthur’s childhood was difficult as his family experienced poverty, mental illness and alcoholism, and as an adult, he struggled to make ends meet. But Arthur never lost his optimism or drive, and his eventual success empowered him to give back to his community.

WRITER’S CRAFT: A compelling read about the power of story, the drive and desire to create, the process of artistic inspiration and how stories come to be.

FOLLOW-UP TO ACCLAIMED PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY: Although Arthur Who Wrote Sherlock stands alone, it echoes the sensibility of and will be adored by the many fans around the world of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein.

ESTABLISHED AUTHOR WITH A STRONG TRACK: Linda Bailey’s books are consistently well reviewed and are award-winners with strong sales.

INCREDIBLE ART: Isabelle Follath’s beautifully detailed illustrations and cheeky humor will captivate readers and make them smile and chuckle.

CROSSOVER APPEAL: Will appeal to fans of Holmes’s many film, TV and literary iterations as well as mystery lovers and aspiring writers of all ages.

METICULOUSLY RESEARCHED WITH BACK MATTER: In addition to the carefully researched text and art, there is an author’s note and sources about Doyle’s life and the creation of Holmes.

LINDA BAILEY is an award-winning author who has written nearly forty books for children. Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein was cited as a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the Globe and Mail, the New York Public Library, CBC and Booklist, among others. In addition to these, Linda has been awarded the Blue Spruce Award, the Silver Birch Award the Shining Willow Award (twice), the B.C. Chocolate Lily Award (five times), the Red Cedar Award, the California Young Reader Medal, the Georgia Storybook Award, the Christie Harris Award, the Hackmatack Award and the Arthur Ellis Award (twice).

Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

ISABELLE FOLLATH is a freelance illustrator based in Switzerland who has created art for advertising agencies, magazines and publishers for over 15 years. Her clients include Lufthansa, La Perla and children's publishers across Europe. She has illustrated Jeanne Willis's book of nursery rhymes, What Are Little Girls Made Of, as well as the picture books Joy by Corrinne Averiss and The Incredible Hotel by Kate Davies, and the middle-grade novel series Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen by Marthe Jocelyn, Sally Nicholls' In Time series and Jack Meggitt-Phillips The Beast and Bethany series.

Illustrator Residence: Zurich, Switzerland

Publicity: Picture book biographies campaign

Re-target fans of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

Calendar of important Arthur Doyle and Sherlock Holmes moments for social media

Author Website: www.lindabaileybooks.com / www.isabellefollath.ch

Author Social Media: @lindabaileyink / @isabellefollath

“Bailey…writes with a sure sense of her audience…. Follath’s droll illustrations capture the look of the Victorian era, the drama of Doyle’s imagination, and the dry wit of Bailey’s text. A lively, memorable biography.” —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

“[P]recise, detailed watercolor, pencil, and digital illustrations provide a lot to pore over…. An informative biography for an older picture-book audience.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Bailey’s homage to the iconic Sherlock Holmes, once called ’the world’s most famous man who never was,’ and his incredibly talented creator is sure to please fans of the books and just might entice new ones.” —CM Reviews

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