Li’l Rip Haywire Adventures: Escape from Camp Cooties by Dan Thompson
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016. 978-1449470517
Synopsis: Rip Haywire, junior soldier-of-fortune, has the coolest life ever: he helps his soldier-of-fortune dad recover treasures from around the world. Then, things go dramatically sideways. His dad decides that instead of joining him on the latest adventure, Rip is going to summer camp..for girls. While planning his escape, he learns of a mysterious ancient temple near the camp and one of the female campers wants him to help her recover the treasure.
Why I picked it up: It reminded me of the old Dick Tracy detective comics and the Hardy Boy mysteries.
Why I finished it: In this younger reader adaptation of his popular Rip Haywire comics, Thompson takes the reader on a ride that is part diary, part comic, part activity book. Rip knows more about dismantling bombs and diffusing booby traps than he does about fractions and friendship. Then again, as an aspiring soldier-of-fortune, people skills aren’t at the top of his priority list. But if he’s going to escape this girls summer camp, he’s going to need to put down his fists and start collaborating with the mysterious and intriguing Breezy. Especially since she seems to need his treasure hunting smarts. I liked the illustrated novel format and the inclusion of some little puzzles to solve to exercise the whole brain while you follow Rip on his adventures. The plot is part detective story, part Indiana Jones film, taking the reader around the world in 195 pages. Not to mention the fun facts about yetis and ancient curses at the end of the book. It’s a book that will have a little bit of something for everyone and it’s sure to hook even the most reluctant of readers.
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