Emil And The Detectives by Erich Kastner

Emil And The Detectives

Written by Erich Kastner

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One of Philip Pullman's favourites: "A great political story: democracy in action."

If his mother had known the amazing adventures Emil was going to have in Berlin, she would never have let him go. But when his money goes missing on the train, Emil's determination to get it back leads him to team up with the detectives he meets in Berlin - and that was just the start.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Travelling alone on a train to visit his grandparents. Emil is robbed of the hard-earned money which his mother has given him. Instead of calling the police. Emil, with the help of a gang of children, chases the thief himself. A wonderful piece of child enterprise that foreshadows Tintin.


Emil And The Detectives by Erich Kastner

Emil's money goes missing on the train, so he teams up with the detectives he meets in Berlin.

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First published in 1929, this is an exciting story about a boy who loses some money and, along with a group of new friends, manages to corner the thief. -- Michael Rosen * S Magazine, Sunday Express * Emil is a wonder... the book had, and still has, the effect of making me feel part of Emil's little gang of boys... Emil and the Detectives is a little masterpiece... Read it and you will be happy -- Maurice Sendak The main pleasure of the book is in the way in which it plays to the fantasy of omnipotence in a child: that a team of kids could really organise themselves into a team of detectives and catch a thief -- Michael Rosen * Guardian * The perfect introduction to the world of fictional crime detection * Independent *

About the Author

Erich Kastner

Erich Kästner was born in Dresden in 1899. He is the author of many novels in children's books, poems and essays. Together with other German writers, he tried to attack Hitler's totalitarism and lack of freedom with humour and pacifist ideas.
Kästner's children's books reflected his social optimism based on his belief in the renewing power of the each new generation of youth. He was awarded with the Hans Christian Andersen in 1960. Though he became popular through his children's books, he was also very successful among adults as a novelist and poet.

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Paperback (b Format)
224 pages


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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

5th April 2001




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