Spanish Author Creates Sherlock Holmes Lego Books To Encourage Children To Read Original Conan Doyle Stories

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Spanish Illustrator, James Macaluso has changed the way we look at traditional stories, recreating the iconic images made by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his famous Sherlock Holmes stories.

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Steve Emecz from MX Publishing : James’s illustrations are a wonderful way to introduce children to the original stories

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories were first published in the Strand magazine they were illustrated by stunning pictures by Sidney Paget. The pictures were dark and quite scary for children. A Spanish illustrator, James Macaluso, has intricately recreated each of the scenes, including the iconic 221b Baker Street with Lego figures to make them more appropriate for children. There are six adventures with the new illustrations and they are proving a big hit with kids – and their parents.

Steve Emecz from MX Publishing who are releasing the stories comments “There has never been a better time to be a Sherlock Holmes fan with BBC Sherlock and CBS Elementary on TV. James’s illustrations are a wonderful way to introduce children to the original stories”.

Roger Johnson from The Sherlock Holmes Society of London says that the photos, inspired by Paget’s illustrations and the Granada TV series are "Different, clever and rather charming.”.

LEGO is going through a similarly prolific resurgence at the moment with the LEGO movie recently released on DVD and a huge success at the cinema. According to IMDB off a budget of $60m the movie took $69m in its first weekend and has taken over $250m at the box office. Great business for Warner Brothers who are also behind the Sherlock Holmes movies – there’s already talk of a sequel.

The books are available from all good bookstores with book five – ‘The Five Orange Pips’ out this week.

About the Stories
A Scandal In Bohemia, The Red Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscome Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man With The Twisted Lip are the first six adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

About MX Publishing
MX Publishing is the world’s largest specialist Sherlock Holmes publisher. Last year they had an international bestseller with the Benedict Cumberbatch performance biography Benedict Cumberbatch In Transition. MX Publishing also has one of the largest communities of Holmes fans on Facebook with regular contributions from dozens of authors.

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