By Author / Illustrator
DC Alexandra Beever, Sol Linero
Nosy Crow Ltd
A friendly, fascinating book about how to work in the crime-fighting industry, written by Detective Constable Alexandra Beever.
Do you have what it takes to become a detective, a crime scene investigator or a forensic scientist? Find out all about the incredible crime-fighting jobs you could do, from training to become a crime laboratory analyst or a lawyer to working as a helicopter pilot or even becoming an expert in fingerprints. This fully illustrated book will inspire any child with an interest in helping people and fighting crime.
Other titles in the series include: How to Be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs (shortlisted for a 2020 Blue Peter Book Award); How to Be a Footballer and Other Sports Jobs; How to Be a Vet and Other Animal Jobs; How to Be a Doctor and Other Life-Saving Jobs.
How to be a Detective and Other Crime Fighting Jobs is from a new series of books all about amazing and incredible jobs. The book is set out clearly and is jam packed full of information from the basics of what a detective actually is, through to the history and also other jobs that are linked to this career path.
I like that every page is a question that children ask and want to find the answers to, for example; How does a detective look for clues? Or, How do you become a detective? The answers are indepth and cover a multitude of different aspects of the Police Force, Special Forces and Criminal Department jobs - something for everyone!
As an adult I actually learnt a great deal from this book and if I had had something like this when I was younger, it would've made me realise that there are more jobs and departments beyond the Police Force, what qualities you need for these jobs, how they work and operate and also what equipment you get to use!
I personally do not feel like there are books like this out there for children at the moment and think this is a very positive and clever idea for children (and adults!) to pick up these books and look at the jobs that are out there for them and how they can achieve these. I am going to keep an eye out for the other books in this series and use these with my class. Thoroughly recommended.
32 pages / Reviewed by Lauren Maidman, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+
A very interesting read! How to be a Detective and Other Crime-Fighting Jobs is a non-fiction book all about what life is like if you are a detective. It covers all sorts of areas including why detectives are needed, how they look for clues, the process of someone being arrested and going to court, different jobs you can do that are related to crime-fighting, as well as how the reader can get involved and learn more if they want to.
Each double page spread is set out in a child-friendly way; plenty of information is provided but it is split up into manageable chunks with lots of pictures, speech bubbles and text boxes. The cartoon pictures are interesting and informative whilst also being appealing to look at. There are a lot of words in bold on different pages; it would be good to see these in a useful glossary at the back, however, there doesn't appear to be one.
I think this book would be useful for children who are dreaming of being a police officer when they grow up and I'm sure it would inspire many others to think about a career as a detective, too. It's informative yet still accessible to many and would be a good book to have in any classroom book corner or library.
32 pages / Reviewed by Lucy Hopkins, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+