John Patrick Green
Macmillan Children’s Books
Here’s a zany graphic novel- the first of a series – that features alligator pals Mango and Brash and as the story opens they’ve just received an undercover assignment as agents for SUIT (Special Undercover Investigation Team).
World-famous Chef Mustachio has gone missing just as he’s about to reveal his latest culinary offering and Mango and Brash must go undercover at Batter Down bakery to discover what’s happened to him.
No problem then. Just a bit of diving down into toilets and moving through city sewers, an explosion at the Science Factory thanks to the delivery of a gigantic birthday cake from Batter Down,
disappearing ovens and a crocodile that has fallen into a vat of radioactive cracker dough and come back to life.
Green has conjured up a cast of assorted humans and reptiles, and weaves together a multitude of threads in his rapidly moving plot that’s full of groan-worthy jokes, puns and other word play.
Like this reviewer you might find your head spinning by the time you reach the end of this frenetic, fizzily funny story. (It’s not though as we discover, the end of Mango and Brash, they are destined to return in at least two more mysteries.)
Green provides two final spreads showing how to draw the InvestiGators and a couple of others from the crazy cast.