Sherlock Holmes LEGO Books

by James P. Macaluso

London, England Book
3% funded

This project did not meet its funding goal in enough time.

The original Sherlock Holmes stories re-illustrated in custom LEGO bricks.

Genre:
Adventure, Childrens, Crime
Page Length:
< 50 Pages
Book Status:
Completed Manuscript
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Sherlock Holmes is as popular as ever, with the celebrated detective currently appearing in numerous television, film, and print adaptations. The original stories penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, however, remain the most engaging tales of the master sleuth and his devoted friend and biographer Dr. John H. Watson. In this book series, the short stories comprising The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes have been amusingly illustrated using only Lego brand minifigures and bricks. 

This uniquely illustrated collection, which features some of the most famous and enjoyable cases investigated by Holmes and Watson, including A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League and The Man with the Twisted Lip, is sure to delight Lego enthusiasts, as well as fans of the great detective, both old and new. Thus far the first three stories of this collection have been published, to positive reviews, and the ultimate goal is to complete the series of twelve stories contained in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The current campaign is for the next three adventures which include: 

The Boscombe Valley Mystery: Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard summons Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to Herefordshire to investigate the murder of a wealthy landowner named Charles McCarthy. Holmes, donning his ‘travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap’, carefully examines the crime scene and soon unravels the mystery involving a secret criminal past, thwarted love, and blackmail. 

The Five Orange Pips: John Openshaw visits Baker Street to consult Sherlock Holmes as to the mysterious deaths of both his uncle and father upon the arrival of letters containing five dried orange pips and bearing the mark “K.K.K.”. The young gentleman further relates that he too has received a similar envelope with instructions to surrender some papers. Holmes quickly deduces that his client faces imminent danger from a secret society in America. 

The Man with the Twisted Lip: Dr. Watson accompanies Sherlock Holmes to Kent, to investigate the strange disappearance of Neville St. Clair, a respectable country businessman. A disfigured beggar is arrested for the murder of the missing man as some clothes of Neville St. Clair were recovered from his room above an opium den. Holmes surmises, however, that the truth is less sinister and simply an exceptional case of mistaken identity.

Interview with James P. Macaluso

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How did the book series come about?

I have been an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes for the last 20 years, since reading for the first time the stories about the celebrated detective written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For me, an integral part of these adventures are the black-and-white drawings by Sidney Paget that accompanied their original publication in The Strand Magazine. Paget's iconic illustrations are largely responsible for the popular image of Sherlock Holmes, including his deerstalker cap and Inverness cape, details never mentioned in the writings of Conan Doyle. Given the hours of enjoyment I have derived from these illustrated tales, I wanted to contribute, in some small way, to the enduring legacy of the great detective. Thus, I decided to combine two of my interests, namely Sherlock Holmes fiction and building custom designed Lego models. This book series, which reproduces Paget's illustrations rendered in Lego, is the result.

What do you plan to do with the funds you raise?

Funds will be used to market, to a wider audience, the first three stories in the Lego-Sherlock Holmes books series which have already been published, as well as to publish and promote the next three stories in the series in both paperback and ebook formats. In addition, a portion of the funds raised for this project will be donated to Pubslush's Literacy Campaign as well as the Undershaw Preservation Trust, a nonprofit group which is helping to preserve and restore Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's study at his former residence where numerous stories about Sherlock Holmes, among other literary works, were written. Finally, if we surpass our goal for this campaign the extra funds will be allocated to the production of the remaining stories in the Lego-Sherlock Holmes book series.

What do people say about your book series?

"Different, and quite delightful, are three booklets from MX Publishing: A Scandal in Bohemia (14 April), The Red-Headed League (14 May) and A Case of Identity (14 June) each have Conan Doyle's original text illustrated with full-colour photographs by P James Macaluso Jr. The photos, inspired by Paget's illustrations and the Granada TV series, depict scenes created in Lego - clever and rather charming."
The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Can I see more information about your book series?

Pinterest images of the illustrations and cover art from the first three stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes-Lego book series are available at: http://www.pinterest.com/sherlockbooks/sherlock-holmes-lego and there is a dedicated Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Adventures-of-Sherlock-Holmes-Lego-Book-Series/1511230835758464