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THE HAPPY HOLLISTERS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE LITTLE MERMAID (edition 1960)

by Jerry West, Helen S. Hamilton (Illustrator)

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Title:THE HAPPY HOLLISTERS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE LITTLE MERMAID
Authors:Jerry West
Other authors:Helen S. Hamilton (Illustrator)
Info:Doubleday & Company, Inc. (1960), Edition: No Edition Stated, Hardcover
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The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid by Jerry West

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Having read this book as an uncritical 10 year old, I thought I'd sample it again as an adult. It's pretty bad, I must say. This large family of kids travels to Denmark and chases and captures a band of international criminals. The criminals are stealing model ships that are hung from the ceilings in assorted churches, in search of one that might contain a secret treasure. The kids figure this out from reading a book in the library. The mermaid is a carved figurine that plays a peripheral role, but makes for a nice title and relates to the geographical setting. Even a child should notice the holes in the story. One of the criminals is recognized because he has a pocket knife belonging to one of the ever- present Hollister kids. When and how did he steal it, given that the book explicitly describes the young Hollister boy as tucking it away in his pocket? And of course the Danish police invite the Hollisters to join in the police chase. Foreign police officers love to take American children along when chasing and capturing bands of international criminals.

Maybe there are still kids sufficiently unsophisticated to like this stuff. And maybe I'm judging too harshly. But I hope books for this age group have improved since this one. ( )
3 vote danielx | Oct 3, 2013 |
Thought I would throw in my beloved childhood books. Good ol' Happy Hollisters. Hard to find now, got some on ebay.
  tippygirl | Dec 26, 2012 |
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