Written by A.F Harrold and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton (Bloomsbury)
Guest reviewed by Lily, 9
Greta Zargo is about a girl— her parents accidentally died and so her aunt looks after her. Greta is determined to find out who is stealing all the cake. The main story is about the death robots who are trying to take over the earth. Only Greta can save Earth. When Greta finds the cake thief it’s very surprising who it turns out to be — I don’t want to give it away.
I liked the comments on the side of some pages. I also enjoyed how there were different planets with different languages. This was a fun and exciting book.
Parent Note: This story of a quirky 11-year-old aspirant journalist who sets out to solve the mystery of missing cakes so she’ll have a story to write, is written with great humor and wit by writer, poet and performer AF Harold (who also wrote The Imaginary.) He has a simply unique way with words and a wonderfully twisted sense of humor. Don’t expect your typical middle grade reader. It’s been described as ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ meets Lemony Snicket with good reason. The very talented Joe Todd Stanton’s illustrations are perfect at capturing Greta’s off-beat character.