From John Patrick Green, the creator of the laugh-till-your-belly-hurts InvestiGators series, comes a brilliant new spin-off series of full-colour graphic novels.
After successfully apprehending the condiment thief, Cilantro is finally on her way up. Promoted to to S.U.I.T. (Special Undercover Investigation Teams) her days of designing training missions are over and she is heading out into the field, literally. But why has Inspector Vague sent her out into the sticks to a cornfield? With orders so vague, Cilantro has no idea what her mission is until she uncovers crop circles, sheep protesting for workers rights and an alien conspiracy. With the world in danger, can Cilantro crack the case…
Fans of the InvestiGators books will love this new series. Bursting with LOLs and crimes of grand punnery, readers will giggle their way through a zany, out-of-this-world sci-fi adventure. A You-Tube conspiracist, sheep baa-having baa-dly, aliens up to no good and some Very Exciting Spy Technology (V.E.S.T.); this brilliantly wacky mystery is a cracking read for the entire family.
It is great that Cilantro, the most colourful of co-workers, finally has her own story, breaking out from the shadow of Mango and Brash who do make some funny cameo appearances here. Whilst she might not do things the conventional way, it’s not easy to carry all of your V.E.S.T. kit when you can only camouflage yourself and not all of the other stuff, she is an investigator who epitomises the need to sometimes do things your own way. Letting your skills shine and achieving the goal is the best way to show others that their way is not always the only way.
As for the sheep, their mischievous antics are purposeful and with just cause, probably. Frustrated with their treatment at the hands of farmer Milford - sheep should be allowed to do what they want, when they want, and compete in the tractor demolition derby - they they take matters into their own hooves to advocate for change. An important message here about standing up for your rights, woolly or otherwise.
A marv-ewe-lous addition to the selection of middle-grade graphic novels. I’m a massive fan and cannot wait for the next mission. Grab yourself a copy, ewe would be mad to miss out!
Recommended for 7+.
With huge thanks to Pan Macmillan for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.