My Dad Is a Super Secret Agent (Lola’s Super Club #1)

Christine Beigel, trans. from the French by Jeff Whitman, illus. by Pierre Fouillet. Papercutz, $14.99 (112p) ISBN 978-1-5458-0564-0
Evildoers of Friendly Falls beware: Lola’s Super Club lies ready to defend her home with the power of imagination. Super-Lola uses ballet to evade capture, and a pencil and eraser to alter space; her companion Super-James, a thong-clad toy dinosaur, can alter his size. Together, along with Hot Dog the cat and others, they stand against the villain Max Imum and his hench-dogs, who believe that Lola’s father is secret agent James Blond (never confirmed). Both stories collected in this volume—“My Dad Is a Super Secret Agent” and “My Mom Is Lost in Time”—follow a similar premise: Max Imum kidnaps Lola’s parents, spurring her to pursue and resulting in myriad developments that move the emphasis away from the protagonist’s character and toward absurd occurrences in time and space. Fouillet’s thin line work packs each panel with characters and details, which frequently compete for attention, but the art demonstrates skillful stylistic consistency amid varying subjects, including humans, animals, skeletons, and scribble monsters. Throughout Beigel’s plot-driven story, Lola remains a charming and earnest protagonist, one whom readers can root for. Ages 7–12. Agent: Travis Pennington, the Knight Agency. (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 11/12/2020
Release date: 12/08/2020
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 112 pages - 978-1-5458-0563-3
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