Secret, Secret Agent Guy

by Kira Bigwood (Author) Celia Krampien (Illustrator)

Secret, Secret Agent Guy
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

When a 007-year-old embarks on a bedtime mission called Operation Lollipop, he's prepared for every eventuality-except one. Send little spies to sleep with this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek lullaby set to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

Dear Fellow Agents: Your mission--should you choose to accept it--is to join Secret, Secret Agent Guy on his bedtime assignment, code name: Operation Lollipop. Equipped with night-vision goggles, a jetpack, and grappling hook, he is prepared for every eventuality...or is he? Will this 007-year-old complete his covert quest, or will he be outsmarted by an adversary he never saw coming?

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review

The family appears to be mixed race, the father and children presenting with brown skin and dark brown hair, mom with white skin and light hair. Absolutely charming—no subterfuge about that. (Picture book. 3-7).

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 2--A debut picture book showcases young spies in a crime gone humorously awry. Two brothers, with brown skin and natural hair, plan the perfect heist called "Operation Lollipop." Their mission is to dodge their parents and the family dog in order to find the hidden treat in the house and enjoy it at bedtime. However, the brothers forget to take the unexpected into account and find themselves blindsided in a cute twist at the end. The story itself is entertaining, and includes as a bonus that the rhymes can be sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." While some words or phrases might have to be explained, kids will delight in the illustrations that further expand on the simple text, especially the makeshift devices such as "nighttime specs." Some pages, with speech bubbles and panels showing event sequences, read almost like a graphic novel. The illustrations are set against a dark blue or gray background to convey nighttime highlighted in bright green or orange. VERDICT This is a bull's-eye for imaginative children, and the singalong text invites participation at all ages.--Elissa Cooper, Helen Plum Memorial Lib., Lombard, IL

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Review quotes

*"Absolutely charming—no subterfuge about that."—Kirkus, starred review
Kira Bigwood
Kira Bigwood writes children's books, TV commercials, and--much to her ten-year-old's dismay--notes for her kids' lunchboxes. She was once edited out of a My Little Pony ad because she was missing her two front teeth (not that she's still hanging on to that or anything). Luckily, she has all her teeth now, and a much more positive attitude toward the editing process. Kira is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Heels!), and lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. Secret, Secret Agent Guy is her debut picture book. Follow Kira on Twitter @KBigwood.

Celia Krampien grew up in a house in the woods in a small town near Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and currently lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, with her partner, a mischievous cat, and a nosy beagle.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2021

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