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Arthur Who Wrote Sherlock

by (author) Linda Bailey

illustrated by Isabelle Follath

Initial publish date
Oct 2022
European, Homelessness & Poverty, Books & Libraries
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price

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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!

About the authors

Linda Bailey a jonglé longtemps avec l'idée d'écrire, mais ce n'est qu'après avoir eu ses deux filles qu'elle a lancé sa carrière d'auteure. Elle a écrit des albums, des romans et aussi des livres informatifs. Linda a beaucoup voyagé dans sa vie et ses livres aussi! Certains sont publiés en Chine, en Corée, en Australie, en Grèce, en Pologne et dans de nombreux autres pays.


Linda Bailey has written more than twenty books for children in a number of different genres, including the best-selling Stanley-the-dog series, Toads on Toast, and most recently, If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur (Si jamais tu avais un dinosaure...). Linda has garnered a long list of honours in Canada such as the Ontario Blue Spruce Award, the Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Linda Bailey's profile page

Isabelle Follath's profile page


  • Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award

Editorial Reviews

"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
"[A] lavish testament to the life of Arthur Conan Doyle. . . . This book will surely inspire wonder, breathe new life and cement conviction into minds doubting the power of their own curiosity and imagination." —STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire

"[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
"Linda Bailey [makes] Arthur the star of his story. . . . Young readers may learn a little bit more about Sherlock Holmes, but they will most definitely learn loads about Arthur Conan Doyle and understand better how he became the man who wrote Sherlock." CanLit for Little Canadians

"Linda Bailey and Isabelle Follath . . . devise a rational, beautiful, and entertaining introduction to the inventor of one of literature's greatest sleuths. . . . Whatever the goals of the children in your life, Arthur Who Wrote Sherlock encourages them to both dream and pursue what they love." —Imaginary Elevators

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