A spotlight on Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize.

Here’s everything you need to know about this unique graphic novel.


Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery is a funny, quirky mystery. With lots of natural history facts scattered throughout, there’s plenty to learn within this graphic novel, but none of it gets in the way of fun. This is a book with broad appeal: excellent storytelling for new readers with terrific illustrations that ingeniously complement the narrative, and brim with personality. While this is a perfect pick for new readers, the offbeat humour, action and delicious intrigue will appeal to slightly older fans of graphic novels too.’

Kim Gruschow, Chair of the judging panel


Who should read this book?

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery is suitable for ages 7 and up. This book is great for the quirky young kids in your life, including the ones who aren’t feeling fully confident or fully interested in their reading yet. Those who enjoy visual storytelling and detail, and those who love a good joke will be delighted.


Watch out for…

Treml’s many wonderful picture books that celebrate Australia’s unique wildlife. Roo Knows Blue and The Great Garden Mystery are her two most recent releases.


Meet the author…

Renée Treml is the author and illustrator of several successful picture books for very young readers, including Once I Heard a Little Wombat and Roo Knows Blue. She also has a degree in environmental science and has a passionate love of natural history.


The winner of the 2020 Readings Children’s Book Prize will be announced in April. You can read more about this year’s shortlisted titles here.

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