In this series opener, Koko Dodo the cookie chef has a big problem. Today is the day of the royal cookie contest, and someone has stolen his top-secret fudge sauce! Luckily, a spy enters the scene just in time (or rather, crashes in on her roller skates): Didi Dodo! This might be Didi's first case ever, but she has a daring plan to help Koko. Koko would prefer a safe, simple, sure-to-work plan, but without another option, he and the amateur sleuth take off on a wacky caper full of high-speed chases and big belly laughs that could only come from the mind of the inimitable Tom Angleberger. Each book in the series will focus on a food-related mystery.
"Recruiting champion cookie baker Koko Dodo from his Inspector Flycatcher series to narrate, Angleberger launches a new set of capers food-themed and featuring reckless roller-skating future spy Didi Dodo. It seems that someone has stolen Koko's supply of Super Secret Fudge Sauce just hours before the start of the Queen's Royal Cookie Contest down at the mall. Enter Didi Dodo (at high speed), not only to help whip up a batch of bacon snickerdoodles but, with a series of clever plans, to snatch a beakful of the Secret Ingredient from its irate creator, enlist a mobile kitchen to get cookies and cookie baker to the contest on time (more or less), and cook up a scheme to nab the culinary crook. The author stirs Koko's fudge sauce recipe ( Continue until the milk has turned a gross yellow-green color and is full of stinky lumps ) into the mix of jokes and high-speed chases, and assembles everyone around the bakery oven for closing sugar cookies with sprinkles, not (happily) fudge sauce. Chapman adds plenty of two-color line drawings, not seen in finished versions. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Angleberger and Chapman? Wacky mysterious capers? COOKIES? You'll have to nail it down to hold on to it.--John Peters Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"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. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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