Li'l Rip Haywire Adventures: Escape from Camp Cooties by Dan Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Andrews McMeel
Source: egalley via Netgalley
Li'l Rip Haywire (1)
I absolutely loved this! Li'l Rip is the son of famous comic book adventurer Rip Haywire. This book is a chapter book with a combination of text graphic novel panels and puzzles which include mazes, word, and logic. Very interactive and a joy to read. Both witty and sarcastic humour along with emotions and characters (especially Rip) learning lessons about himself. The story is amusing: he's his Dad's sidekick on his world adventures in the mode of Indiana Jones and Allan Quartermain. His Dad is a bit worried that Li'l Rip doesn't have any regular kid interests or hobbies or friends so decides to send him to camp just for the summer. On such spur of the moment notice it's hard to find a camp with an open spot so when he does find one he quickly drops Li'l Rip off and drives away fast. As Rip walks up to the main office he finds out why his dad was in such a hurry to get away. He'll be spending the summer at "Pink Powderpuff Summer Camp for Girls". So Rip has plenty of fun and adventure at the camp but the best part is when the story flashbacks to a "This reminds me of the time when..." and we go back and follow one of Rips dangerous adventures around the world in rain forests, deserts, meeting the abominable snowman, in Egypt, etc. Hopefully, this is the start of a new series as it's something a little different in the hybrid text/graphic novel format and I'd love to read the next. Great old-timey comics artwork too.