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. Volume XXI Number 22. . . .February 13, 2015
O’Donnell and Deas’ story Tank and Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede is a magical and suspenseful page turner that young readers will be sure to enjoy. Slimes are released onto the grounds of Gravelmuck Elementary, covering the playground, gates, and creating an extreme mess! Yikes! Who is the culprit? Why would someone do this? This is a case for young goblin Fizz Marlow and his best friend and troll tinkerer detective, Tank. The two friends are on a mission to help defend their school caretaker, Mr. Snag, who is wrongfully accused by the police and school principal for unleashing the slimes onto the school. But why would someone put Mr. Snag in this position? These two friends believe that Mr. Snag did not commit the crime, and the duo spend their time investigating how to clear their caretaker, and friend’s, name.
Tank and Fizz is an entertaining mystery narrative full of monsters, detectives, and magic. The story notably includes many incredible comic vignettes illustrated by Mike Deas to provide readers with a visual accompaniment to the events taking place in the text. The comics are woven into the narrative and function as an aesthetic bridge with the written text of the story. I enjoyed the integration of the comic form into the written narrative; the story flowed seamlessly from one form to the other. Lastly, the green tinted comic style artwork evokes the slime in the mystery and provides readers with visual entry into the world of Rockfall Mountain.
I would recommend Tank and Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede for young readers who are interested in adventure, goblin characters, super sleuthing, and who appreciate the hybridity of written text and comic art. An enjoyable read! I look forward to book two in the series: Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots.
Natalie Schembri is a librarian in Vancouver, BC.
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