Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian

illus. by Vera Brosgol. 40p. Clarion. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544801226. POP
Gr 1–3—The nefarious Doctor Glockenspiel has escaped from the Depository for the Criminally Naughty, and unless he is paid one billion trillion dollars, he will set loose an army of giant moths to devour the world's books! Enter Lyric McKerrigan, secret librarian, who foils Doctor Glockenspiel's plans at every turn with perfectly selected tomes slipped to exactly the right people at exactly the right time. Thanks to Lyric's clever disguises, cunning readers' advisory tactics, and persuasive storytelling talents, Doctor Glockenspiel is returned to his cell, where, of course, the secret librarian has left him a few books to occupy his time. The story is told in spare text, and it is Brosgol's winning graphic-style illustrations that really steal the show. Done in ink with color in Adobe Photoshop, the art is effervescent, with bold lines, bright colors, expressive faces, and several well-placed visual gags to reward attentive readers.
VERDICT Sure to delight budding comic fans, crime fighters, and bibliophiles alike.

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