|Recipe for disaster! (Didi Dodo, Future Spy)|
Author: Angleberger, Tom
When Koko Dodo's secret chocolate sauce is stolen just before an important cooking contest Didi, a dodo bird, devises a daring plan to help--whether he wants her to or not.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/19)
School Library Journal (+) (02/01/19)
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Booklist - 02/01/2019 Recruiting champion cookie baker Koko Dodo from his Inspector Flycatcher series to narrate, Angleberger launches a new set of capers—food-themed and featuring reckless roller-skating “future spy” Didi Dodo. It seems that someone has stolen Koko’s supply of Super Secret Fudge Sauce just hours before the start of the Queen’s Royal Cookie Contest down at the mall. Enter Didi Dodo (at high speed), not only to help whip up a batch of bacon snickerdoodles but, with a series of clever plans, to snatch a beakful of the Secret Ingredient from its irate creator, enlist a mobile kitchen to get cookies and cookie baker to the contest on time (more or less), and cook up a scheme to nab the culinary crook. The author stirs Koko’s fudge sauce recipe (“Continue until the milk has turned a gross yellow-green color and is full of stinky lumps”) into the mix of jokes and high-speed chases, and assembles everyone around the bakery oven for closing sugar cookies—with sprinkles, not (happily) fudge sauce. Chapman adds plenty of two-color line drawings, not seen in finished versions. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Angleberger and Chapman? Wacky mysterious capers? COOKIES? You'll have to nail it down to hold on to it. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 Gr 2–4—Koko Dodo's Super-Secret Fudge Sauce has been stolen and he can't remember the secret ingredient to make more. With the Royal Cookie Contest right around the corner, he enlists the help of his friend Didi Dodo to solve the case. With a daring plan in mind, Didi and Koko follow the clues to a rhubarb farm, a food truck, and even a food court. With time running out, will Didi's plan to find the sauce succeed? Could the thief be one of Koko's competitors? Will he be able to figure out his secret recipe before it's too late? The characters are likable, engaging, and well developed. The food-related plot is mouth-watering, funny, and easy to follow. There's a good balance between illustrations and text, each complementing the other well. Full of surprise twists, this title will engage readers who will have a fun time guessing what will happen next. VERDICT A hilarious new series for fans of Tom Angleberger's "Inspector Flytrap" series. A must-have for libraries where funny chapter books are in demand.—Kira Moody, Salt Lake County Library Services - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.