I love a good graphic novel and this first in a new series from Isabel Roxas is a thoroughly fun one to dive into with its outrageous storyline and ridiculous sequence of events.
When oddballs, Ruby, Agnes and Roberta struggle to get enough members to form their own clubs at the Salmagundi Boys and Girls Club of Shadyside, Queens they band together and become Team POM, named after their individual loves of Pigeons, Ocean stuff and Miscellaneous things.
Their first project is to become synchronised swim champions like the Diving Divas. Struggling with their routine, the sudden appearance of a giant squid in their pool is surely what they need to propel them to stardom. Except the Diving Divas are up to no good and their shady looking bosses are determined to get their clutches on Cyd the squid. Will Team POM synch or swim? And who will end up with squid ink on their face?
I’m not squidding you when I say that Isabel Roxas’ imagination is a very funny place to be and I want to join Team POM. The strong girls club, made up of three awesome and bubbly misfits each with their own quirks, will delight readers with their crazy antics. Packed with girl power, determination and can-do attitude, The Adventures of Team POM makes for a quirky and fun-filled adventure with strong messages on teamwork, friendship and the importance of being yourself.
The whole story revels in the bizarre, there’s synchronised swimming, funny and slightly evil rat villains, an awesome giant squid, lots of steamed buns, pigeons, artisan peanut butter and anti-aging serum, all of which combine in the most madcap of ways into a fun-filled, joke-packed story. Roxas’ wild, wacky and wonderful ideas are all beautifully presented in illustrations that deliver non-stop action and zing with personality.
I’m very much looking forward to the next adventure with Team POM!
With huge thanks to the lovely peeps at Walker Books Australia for a copy of this ink-redible book.
Recommended for 7+.