It’s Emil’s first train ride alone and he’s excitedand a little nervous. On the train, his fellow passengers are impressed with how polite and grown-up Emil is, and the man in the bowler hat offers him some chocolatebut Emil keeps checking his coat pocket, where he’s pinned the money that he is taking to his grandmother. Soon, though, Emil finds himself getting sleepy . . . and the next thing he knows, the man in the bowler hat is gone and so is the money! With the help of some new friends Emil becomes a detective and tracks the thief through the city. Filled with enduring themes of leadership, courage, and teamwork, and the delightful illustrations of Walter Trier, Emil and the Detectives is a rollicking, heartwarming tale come alive.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Maurice Bernard Sendak (1928–2012) was an internationally renowned American illustrator and writer of children’s books, best known for Where the Wild Things Are. He was the recipient of a Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, a Caldecott Medal, a National Book Award, and a National Medal of Arts.
Walter Trier (1890-1951) was a celebrated children’s book illustrator.
What People are Saying About This
“This effervescent little story is all about boy power…Enjoyable? You betcha.”—The Denver Post
“There is something sweet and pure about Kästner’s writing.”—Los Angeles Times
“Kästner makes the concerns of the book child-sized but enormous…The main pleasure is in the way in which it plays to the fantasy of omnipotence in a child.”—The Guardian
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was originally published in German in 1929 and translated into English in 1930 by May Massee. I had heard of it for many years but had never read it, so I scarfed it up when I saw it lying in a box on a free table at a homeschool support group meeting or used curriculum fair. Emil Tischbein is a young (pre-teen or early teen) boy who travels by train from his home in Neustadt to visit relatives in Berlin with 140 marks in an envelope pinned to the inside of his jacket. He falls asleep on the train beside a somewhat strange man, and when he wakes up, the man and his money are gone! The rest of the book tells the story of how Emil arrives in Berlin, locates the man, and is helped by a crowd of other boy "detectives" whom he meets. Is the man really the thief or is it all some big mistake? And does Emil ever get his money back? This was a very pleasant and enjoyable book to read. It is especially interesting to see how the author actually puts himself in the story. Many good qualities are exhibited. Emil is an especially polite boy, and his detective friends are quite loyal and willing to do what is best to help the whole group rather than always demanding their own way. With its enduring themes of leadership, courage, and teamwork, there are many lessons to be learned by the grownups and the children, alike. The only objectionable items are a few common euphemisms and some minor references to smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. Erich Kastner (1899-1974) was one of the best-known international children's authors of the twentieth century and was awarded the American Library Association Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and he was also the author of The Little Man, The Flying Classroom, Emil and the Three Twins, and Lisa and Lottie, among others. Emil and the Detectives was his first book. Though written many years ago, the book is still in print and available. I should think that most children would like it.
This is an excellent childrens book which I loved as a child and even as an adult find entertaining.
My husband had read this book as a child and had enjoyed it, so I was curious about it, especially because it was translated from the original German by May Massee, with an introduction by Walter de la Mare. It is still an enjoyable detective fantasy for middle-grade readers. Emil travels by train to take some of his mother's hard-earned money to his grandmother. When he falls asleep, a suspicious-looking man in a bowler hat steals the money from Emil's pocket. Emil knows that not being able to help grandma would break his mother's heart, so he follows the man, meets up with a gang of very well organized kids and all of them help him to catch the thief and get his money back. Ms. Massee has provided a list of the German names used with their explanatory translations, some of which are the author's jokes on the characters in the story. Although today's children might not be familiar with things such as a bowler hat, or a black maria, this should not interfere with their enjoyment of the story. Especially well depicted is the love between Emil, his mother, Grandmother, and the entire extended family. 9-12 year-olds would enjoy this book.
I'm currently reading this book in German and purchased this English edition to help get through some of the harder to translate sections and it's a great and fast read in English!
I believe this is a great book. I recommend it most who want a short mystery book.