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Bad Machinery Volume 2: The Case of the Good Boy Paperback – March 25, 2014
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Throughout the town of Tackleford, toddlers are being snatched up by a beastlike creature. Clearly this is a job for two groups of teen detectives: girls Mildred, Charlotte, and Shauna, who are also busy dealing with Mildred’s magic pencil and a strange new pet that might not really be a dog; and boys Linton, Sonny, and Jack, who is crushing on Shauna and dealing with a violent school bully. Allison’s series begins to hit its stride in this second volume, after The Case of the Team Spirit (2013). Though the characters don’t get much of an introduction, even new fans will quickly pick up on who’s who, thanks to distinctive body and face shapes and unique personalities. The story veers between realism and fantasy, with just a touch of absurdism to keep things fun. Teens will likely admire Sonny’s stubborn uniqueness, laugh at Shauna’s reluctant love of her baby brother, and appreciate Mildred’s ability to skirt her parents’ sillier rules. The bright, colorful art and snarky dialogue are icing on a delightful cake. Grades 7-10. --Snow Wildsmith
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Second, I must thank John. My children, who are both about the age of John's characters, have spent the past two days curled up on the couch, chewing through the books and sharing lines. So much kid lit these days is snarky, or stupid, and I'm glad they recognize the good stuff. It's worth putting up with the forthcoming weeks of British accents.
Third. The book. The books. Buy them. They're funny. They're witty. They're far more clever than you. And they're comfortable in their sweetness. I've been following Bad Machinery since the children popped, fully formed, from Tackleford, and I've never yet seen John hit a false note. So support the man, both for what he's done, and for what the next decade will bring.
I can't say enough good things about this book and author, to be honest--if you like graphic novels, British humor, bright kids having adventures, or any of these, you will enjoy this book. Definitely recommended.
If you are a fan, buy this and put it on the coffee table like my wife and I did.
If you are not a fan, buy this, read it and become a fan, and put it on the coffee table like my wife and I did.
You are reading a review because you are curious-- I'm telling you this is worth the money. Go. Read.
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Why I picked it up: I loved the first volume and was eager to read more about Shauna, Mildred, Charlotte, Linton, Jack, and Sonny's...Read more