Mango and Brush are Gators, yes, InvestiGators! They are agents of S.U.I.T, and they are on the case! Will they solve the mystery? Children who like Captain Underpants and Dog Man will enjoy this series by John Patrick Green. I’ll be using amazon affiliate links in this review.
More about Investigators
Raincoast Books sent me an advanced reader’s copy of InvestiGators. This graphic novel was produced by First Second books. Investigators is the first installment in the adventures of Mango and Brash. You’ll find my review of InvestiGators Take the Plunge coming up this weekend.
Written for children 7-10 years old, InvestiGators introduces us into the zany world of investigation through the sewer network!
From the cover: With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve! Can Mango and Brash uncover the clues, crack their cases, and corral the crooks – or will the criminals wriggle out of their grasp?
One of the things I like about the graphic novels from First Second books is that the graphics are well done. Not the grainy pics I grew up with. You’ll find the inking clean and clear.
As an adult reading this story, you’ll find it silly and a bit corny, but kids… my son would have LOVED THIS back in the day. He’s a bit beyond the age range now, but he loved Captain Underpants and the like. InvestiGators with it’s misunderstandings of words, method of travel, and silliness is perfectly suited to elementary aged children.
Should you get it?
InvestiGators is a fast-paced, fun read. It’s goofy, silly and filled with the mystery that children love. The word-play is quirky but decent, it’s fun for children, and will draw them in. The bright illustrations will encourage them to keep reading. Getting children to read… it’s a good thing eh?