The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third novel in Michael Clay Thompson’s Shadow Trilogy, which is part of the Royal Fireworks Language Arts Curriculum. The choice of classic novels, with their illustrations and accompanying teacher manuals, have the purpose of enhancing students’ reading and enjoyment and show what full-powered language arts can do.
Thompson shows how to look closely at Doyle’s grammar, poetics, punctuation, and choice of vocabulary. These are the devices that "Lift the words of the story above the random clutter of ordinary, toneless prose.”
Highlighted in the text are over 275 vocabulary words. The meaning of unfamiliar words can be accessed by a single tap. The complete vocabulary list is available in the Glossary.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most famous novels in English—but how many readers ever notice how Conan Doyle achieves his literary masterpiece of suspense and mystery?
This better than average comics version of the quintessential 1901 Sherlock Holmes novel shows the first private detective's cool rationality confronting gibbering horror in order to thwart an ancient curse, a hound from hell that kills the male heads of a wealthy family. Patriarch Sir Charles Baskerville just having been frightened to death, Holmes and Dr. Watson set out to protect the family heir, Sir Henry. Few trappings of gothic mystery are missing from the action, but they are countered by Holmes's instructions that Watson should observe closely and analyze skeptically everything he sees. Edginton's script is much closer to Conan Doyle's original than most adaptations, although that does mean that the characters get to talk a lot. Culbard's energetic layouts and darkly sinister backgrounds are effective; when he turns to the story's people, unfortunately, the Seth-like brushwork stretches their heads until they look like animated kidney beans. Overall, though, Hound gives modern readers a taste of what makes Sherlock Holmes an immortal character.