The lion in this drawing is wearing a deerstalker style hat, and using a pipe which is familiar to many people who enjoy classic mysteries about a fictional detective named Sherlock Holmes. Sehrlock Homes had an assistant named Dr. Watson. Together, Holmes and Watson were the main characters in 60 mysteries written by Sir Conan Doyle, making them one of the most famous detective duos in literary history.
A more recent fictional detective is a little boy named Nate. He is the main character in a series of mystery stories written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. In this series of more than two dozen stories, Nate solves crimes along with his faithful dog, Sludge.
Imagine that you, or someone you know, has a mystery to solve. Put the expression “two heads are better than one” to good use to create a character to represent the detective and their assistant or sidekick. Would the detectives’ sidekick be a human assistant; or a well-loved, four-legged best friend? What are the characteristics of assistant which would make them the perfect sidekick? Are they a good assistant? Or are they somewhat clumsy—getting into their own form of mischief along the way to solving the mystery?