InvestiGators (InvestiGators #1)

by John Patrick Green (Author)

InvestiGators (InvestiGators #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: InvestiGators

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 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?

*Special Undercover Investigation Teams

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Kirkus Reviews

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.

Publishers Weekly

World-famous cupcake maker Gustavo Mustachio hasn't been seen in two weeks, and Mango and Brash, two alligators--wearing V.E.S.T. (Very Exciting Spy Technology) for their work with S.U.I.T. (Special Undercover Investigation Teams)--are dispatched to Gustavo's bakery, Batter Down, to find out more. Brash is level-headed, buoyant Mango can't resist puns and wordplay ("We're alligators. SNAPPY is what we do best!"), and both dive into toilets and travel through city sewers in service of the case. As the head scientist at the Science Factory across town prepares to announce a great discovery, a mysterious customer delivers a giant birthday cake from Batter Down, leading to the Science Factory's explosion and adding another facet to the mystery. Helicopters, many-armed gadgets, and wild schemes proliferate this graphic novel series opener as origin stories explain characters' behavior (and occasionally slow the story's frenetic pace). In high-intensity colors, straightforward panel artwork by Green (Hippopot-a-mister) offers plenty of slapstick gags to Brash and Mango's tale. Fast-paced fun for the bad pun and dorky joke crowd: "Now let's flush ourselves down the nearest toilet and GATER DONE!" Ages 7-10. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--In the first installment of what promises to be a wildly successful graphic novel series, Green ("Kitten Construction Company") once again shows off his knack for pun-filled animal tales. Alligators Mango and Brash are friends and secret agents for S.U.I.T. (Special Undercover Investigator Teams), tasked with solving their first case: finding Chef Mustachio, who went missing just before he was about to unveil his latest concoction. These masters of disguise are off and running. But when there's an explosion at the Science Factory, the duo are asked to look into that mystery, too. No matter where they go, Mango and Brash blend in seamlessly with humans who somehow never notice that they are interacting with alligators who sport vests outfitted with gadgets. Jokes, especially visual puns ("Badges?" "We're not badgers, we're alligators!") and toilet humor, come fast and furious, and the clean, simple cartoon art and paneled layout are easy to follow. Kids who are tickled by Green's irreverent humor will appreciate the drawing tips that conclude the book. VERDICT Like the heroes of Dav Pilkey's "Dog Man" or "Captain Underpants," the Investigators are bound to resonate with kids.--Nancy McKay, Byron Public Library, IL

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Review quotes

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

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

its so funny and real

the book makes it feel like your there and its so funny

John Patrick Green
John Patrick Green has worked on comics for DC Comics, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, and Scholastic Graphix. Kitten Construction Company is John's second graphic novel as writer and artist, following 2016's Hippopotamister, also published by First Second. John lives in Brooklyn with zero cats and way too many LEGOs.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
First Second
Publication date
February 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV008040 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Action & Adventure
JUV002010 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Alligators & Crocodiles
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
JUV008120 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Mystery & Detective
JUV008050 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Animals
Library of Congress categories
Graphic novels
Private investigators
Comics (Graphic works)
Humorous comics
Little Maverick Reading List
Selection 2021

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