Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing

Charles' parents have acquired a run-down old apartment in Echo City and dragged him away from his friends back home. But his latest enthusiasm for being an online journalist helps Charles get to know this new place. After he sees a monster looming over him in bed, his new friend Kevin gives him the business card of Margo Maloo, Monster Mediator.

Margo herself is quite a mystery, and sometimes seems to be on the side of the monsters. But Charles is persistent and soon learns far too much about the secrets underneath the city. He narrates their adventures in a style picked up from TV shows, and Weing shows us what's really happening in graphic novel format. The Case Files began as an online comic and there is already a new chapter at Weing's website.

Excellent graphic novels for older kids are becoming more common and also are featuring a greater diversity of characters. If you like the spooky adventures of The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo, try Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts, For another adventure with a city newcomer try Nameless City. If you prefer creepy adventures in the woods, the LumberJanes series follows five girls at camp who encounter everything from yetis to sea monsters.

Review by Carolyn Caywood, retired from VBPL

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