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InvestiGators
By (author): John Patrick Green
9781250219954 Hardcover, Paper over boards English Juvenile: Age (years) from 7 - 10 JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Mystery & Detective Feb 25, 2020 Print Run: 250000
$12.99 CAD
Active 5.82 x 8.64 x 0.73 in | 470 gr 208 pages full-color illustrations throughout First Second
 
Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed

John Patrick Green's goofy graphic novel series follows the super spy alligator duo the InvestiGators as they travel through the sewers and fight the forces of evil.

MANGO and BRASH are the INVESTIGATORS:
sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T.* and scourge of supervillains everywhere!

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 buttwomysteries 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?

*Special Undercover Investigation Teams

John Patrick Greenis a human with the human job of making books about animals with human jobs, such asHippopotamister, the Kitten Construction Company series, and now the InvestiGators series, all from First Second Books. John is definitely not just a bunch of animals wearing a human suit pretending to have a human job. He is also the artist and co-creator of the graphic novel series Teen Boat!, with writer Dave Roman. John lives in Brooklyn in an apartment that doesn’t allow animals other than the ones living in his head.

- 250k print run
- Kirkus review
- Publishers Weekly review
- Paste Magazine announcement and cover reveal

"...has heaping helpings of surreal alligator action and wordplay gags to keep new readers bent on solving the mystery."—The New York Times

"With its rampant good-natured goofiness and its unrelenting fizz and pep, this feels like a sugar rush manifested as a graphic novel. Silly and inventive fast-paced fun." —Kirkus

"
In high-intensity colors, straightforward panel artwork by Green (Hippopot­a­mister) offers plenty of slapstick gags to Brash and Mango’s tale. Fast-paced fun for the bad pun and dorky joke crowd." —Publisher's Weekly

"
Like the heroes of Dav Pilkey’s “Dog Man” or “Captain Underpants,” the Investigators are bound to resonate with kids." —School Library Journal: XpressReviews

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