FICTION

Inspector Flytrap

illus. by Cece Bell. 112p. (Inspector Flytrap: Bk 1). Abrams/Amulet. Aug. 2016. Tr $13.95. ISBN 9781419709487. POP
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Gr 2–5—Only Angleberger and Bell could make a Venus flytrap and a goat a viable combination as a mystery-solving duo, as they do in this heavily illustrated new chapter book series. Inspector Flytrap (never "Mister Flytrap," as he often corrects clients) and his goat assistant, Nina, run Flytrap Detective Agency. Flytrap's interested only in solving "BIG DEAL" mysteries, while Nina seems motivated purely by her ravenous appetite—indeed, she has a bad habit of occasionally eating evidence. The potted inspector makes his way about town on a skateboard, pushed by his hungry, sarcastic goat colleague. Each short section focuses on a different mystery (a blob on a da Vinci painting, a stinky shoe on top of a cookie bakery, and a missing rose at Snooty a la Tooty Gardens) that ends with hilarious results.
VERDICT This quirky series debut will amuse and intrigue young readers; a series sure to "fly" off the shelves.

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