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 Inspector Flytrap
 Author: Angleberger, Tom

 Illustrator: Bell, Cece

 Publisher:  Amulet Books
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 98 p., col. ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 062671 ISBN: 9781419709487
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Subjects:
 Mystery fiction
 Venus's flytrap -- Fiction
 Goats -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $13.40

Summary:
#1--Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap, a Venus Flytrap, and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate "big deal" mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden.

Series:
Inspector Flytrap, #1


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 185373
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 69402

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/16)
   Booklist (05/15/16)
 The Hornbook (00/09/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 Gr 2–5—Only Angleberger and Bell could make a Venus flytrap and a goat a viable combination as a mystery-solving duo, as they do in this heavily illustrated new chapter book series. Inspector Flytrap (never "Mister Flytrap," as he often corrects clients) and his goat assistant, Nina, run Flytrap Detective Agency. Flytrap's interested only in solving "BIG DEAL" mysteries, while Nina seems motivated purely by her ravenous appetite—indeed, she has a bad habit of occasionally eating evidence. The potted inspector makes his way about town on a skateboard, pushed by his hungry, sarcastic goat colleague. Each short section focuses on a different mystery (a blob on a da Vinci painting, a stinky shoe on top of a cookie bakery, and a missing rose at Snooty a la Tooty Gardens) that ends with hilarious results. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/15/2016 At Flytrap Detective Agency, Inspector Flytrap awaits phone calls for “BIG DEAL mysteries.” Though a Venus flytrap may not appear to be an obvious choice for a detective, he’s got a necktie, a skateboard, and an assistant named Nina, who happens to be a goat—clearly, this plant is a professional. Angleberger established his aptitude for finding kids’ funny bones with his Origami Yoda series, and he doesn’t hold back in this wacky new series for elementary schoolers. This slim volume contains three mini mysteries, all comically illustrated by Newbery Honor Book author Bell (El Deafo, 2014). Inspector Flytrap’s first case takes him to an art museum, the second to a bakery, and the third to a botanical garden. Running gags and gross-out humor will keep readers in stitches, with Nina acting as “straight goat” to the more animated detective—when she is not eating the evidence, that is. Bell’s cartoonish illustrations appear on almost every page, ramping up the laughs. This riotous read publishes simultaneously with book two in the series, Inspector Flytrap in the President’s Mane Is Missing. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-sellers in their own rights, Angleberger and Bell are sure to draw a crowd as a creative team. Plus, they are touring! - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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