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“This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one—especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.”
―Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist
Self-proclaimed super genius Moxie McCoy sets out to find a new best friend while solving the crime of the century, only to discover the hard way that she can’t do either without the help of her understated (and undersized) brother Milton. A densely illustrated, humorous, middle grade whodunit for grades 3-7.
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WORDS OF PRAISE:
“Heavily illustrated, the book’s design makes it a standout: playful interactions between text and black monochromatic cartoon art create a visual treat. Drenched in slapstick humor, hyperbole, and wit, Behr’s artwork makes every page unique and keeps a longer book within reach of younger readers. VERDICT First in a series, readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case. A first purchase for all middle grade collections.”
– School Library Journal (starred review)
“Swanson’s witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr’s bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal to middle-grade readers. Laugh-out-loud one-liners and short comic strips juxtapose refreshing moments of sincerity that normalize different types of diversity. Equally hilarious and informative back matter (a glossary and mission debrief) is the perfect conclusion to an exceptional book that respects its young readers.”
– Booklist (starred review)
“Swanson and Behr—the husband-wife creators of Everywhere, Wonder and Babies Ruin Everything—track a delightfully topsy-turvy day at Tiddlywhump Elementary in this heavily illustrated and impressively designed story. Snappy analogies, similes, and double entendres play out in Behr’s energetic illustrations, a rambunctious jumble of cartoons, fonts, and dialogue balloons. At the heart of the story is Moxie’s deepening rapport with her bookish younger brother, Milton, and readers will hope to see more of both siblings soon.”
– Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“More Pippi Longstocking than Nancy Drew with her sassy gumption, unflappable enthusiasm, and wild imagination, Moxie has a flair for the frequent offbeat declaration.” Each page is ebulliently decorated with hurly-burly fonts and rambunctious graphics. An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path.”