cover image Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster

Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster

Tom Angleberger, illus. by Jared Chapman. Amulet, $12.99 (112p) ISBN 978-1-4197-3370-3

In this lighthearted start to a new chapter book series by Angleberger (the Origami Yoda series), Koko Dodo, who sports a chef’s toque on his feathered head, is in crisis. His supersecret fudge sauce has been stolen right before the Queen’s Royal Cookie Contest, which he has won for the past 20 years. Without the sauce, he’ll never get this year’s trophy, but luckily, Didi Dodo, Future Spy roller-skates into Koko’s cookie shop, ready to track down the thief. Didi concocts a “daring plan,” leading to many adventures, including a mad skate through town to find DJ Funkyfoot, a Chihuahua butler with an excellent sense of smell, and a wild ride to Cousin Yuk Yuk, a yak whose pickled rhubarb relish is the secret ingredient to Koko’s sauce. After escaping the yak’s wrath in penguin Penguini’s food truck, Koko arrives at the contest to present a single cookie, complete with sauce, to the queen. But another twist awaits when the contest ends and the duo still hasn’t found the sauce thief. Lively illustrations by Chapman (Vegetables in Underwear) contribute to the exuberance of this Inspector Flytrap spin-off. Ages 6–9. [em](Mar.)  [/em]