InvestiGators: All Tide Up | Review
InvestiGators: All Tide Up
By John Patrick Green
First Second, October 2023, $12.99
Grades 3 and up
The InvestiGators are at it again! This time they are untangling the mystery surrounding a captain who was found lost at sea without his ship. Mango and Brash set sail on the SeaDues II for $1 hoping to find out the mysterious whereabouts of the SeaDues I and all its passengers. A pirate attack helps Mango and Brash come closer to solving the mystery. They dress up as pirates hoping for leads on the first ship while saving themselves from the wrath of the pirates. What happened to all the ships’ passengers?
This title was sitting around my house for a while and I read it way back when, but it’s also been making the rounds with my children. Their eyes lit up when they saw another volume in the InvestiGators series was released. Even the teenager was seen reading it multiple times. (And yes you can read this again and again.)
The punny humor just doesn’t get old. And in my opinion, Green outdid himself in this issue. The humor is on another level and genuinely funny. Sometimes with puns, one might roll their eyes and give a little chuckle, but throughout this book, there were laugh-out-loud moments.
The upbeat artwork with bold and vivid colors adds many layers to the already humorous story. So don’t just pick up volume 7 of this series, but go back and read and re-read all of them.
About Esther Keller
Esther Keller is the librarian at William E. Grady CTE HS in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, she curates the Graphic Novel collection for the NYC DOE Citywide Digital Library. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 4 and regularly reviews for SLJ. In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics and worked in the same middle school library for 20 years.
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