Mutant Rat Attack!

Mutant Rat Attack! illus. by Jay Cooper. 144p. (The Spy Next Door: Bk. 1). Scholastic. Mar. 2017. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780545932974.
Gr 3–5—Unlike the plethora of books featuring secret agents and dangerous missions, this one centers on an artificial intelligence skateboard and a spy leader with an eye patch. Dexter, a very boring student with very boring parents, wishes for a life of adventure and accidentally finds it. Dexter stumbles upon a secret meeting between his eccentric science teacher, who is trying to harness the electrical power of rat farts, and an unidentified mustachioed man with gamma broccoli and a probably nefarious plan. It is up to Dexter to become the next kid agent, along with a skateboard sidekick, to keep his school safe after the rats become mutated and wreak havoc. With illustrations littered throughout, this will appeal to reluctant readers, with irreverent humor and action that will keep kids turning the pages and waiting anxiously for Agent SK8's next outing.
VERDICT Good for general purchase or for collections lacking in "Captain Underpants" read-alikes.

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