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The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo (Untitled #1)

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Charles just moved to Echo City, and some of his new neighbors give him the creeps. They sneak into his room, steal his toys, and occasionally, they try to eat him.

The place is teeming with monsters!

Lucky for Charles, Echo City has Margo Maloo, monster mediator. No matter who’s causing trouble, Margo knows exactly what to do—the neighborhood kids say monsters are afraid of
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by First Second (first published 2016)
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What a refreshing story this is. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Have you ever wondered if there were someone who knows the back corners of the ghostly and ghoulish world. Well, wonder no more. Margo Maloo is known throughout the Ghostly world and she can solve any case. This little girl is bossing the ghouls around.

The art is bright and the ghouls are quite filled with personality. This is a little fun gem and I'm happy I found it.
First Second Books
Sep 13, 2016 marked it as first-second-publications

Cartooning powerhouse Drew Weing delivers a breakthrough graphic novel with this first volume of The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo. A favorite within the indie comics scene, Weing is definitely a talent worthy of greater recognition. We had a wonderful time working with him and expect this pitch-perfect middle grade adventure to be a big hit.
great golly greatness! Kids AND monsters are both oppressed! I adore kids voicing/acting/advocating for kid empowerment, and a kid-wannabe-journalist is just plain amazing as a structure for talking about truth, fiction, "alternative facts"…. Margo Maloo is a peacekeeper, crafty, wise, skilled in diplomacy, empathetic, and the person you want on your side. The parents were…too relatable for me? Which means I adored them too. Great family and friend relationships, as well as concepts of what comm ...more
Irena Freitas
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Não tem nada que eu ame mais nessa vida que crianças desvendando mistérios paranormais.
Krista Regester
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The artwork was really interesting and unique, but I think there could have been less text and it would have been stronger.
Paul Hasbrouck
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
In this delightful graphic novel Charlie and his parents have moved to Echo City. As his Dad fixes up a decaying Art Deco hotel, Charlie discovers that urban crime isn't only thing he has to worry about, there are real "things" monsters out to get him. The only person who can help is Margo Maloo, Monster Mediator. Her job is to keep the both the city's monsters and kids safe. She faces Trolls, Orges, ghosts, all the time wearing the traditional trench coat( see John Constantine) , riding a bicyc ...more
Derek Royal
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fun all-age book. It's a story that younger readers will appreciate -- who doesn't like creepy and fun monsters? -- but it's also a text that others will enjoy, both in its storyline and in the sophistication of the narration. We discussed the webcomics version of this on a recent webcomics episode of the podcast,
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo is a strong, middle-grade fantasy comic. Weing includes humor into The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo, and as he tells his story, works in the message that it is a bad idea to judge by appearances. Charles starts out assuming that he can tell which creatures–and people–are problems just by looking at them. As the story continues, he gains appreciation for Margo’s skills as a mediator, not a fighter.

This is one of the book’s many strengths: It stresses the p
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel, j, urban
Super cute monster story. Kid and his family moves into a big, run-down building in "Echo City" (NYC standin), discovers monsters are real and a new friend who works with them. Great world building.

Like it a lot, want to read more. Wish the protagonist wasn't another white boy (Margo is the friend).

Great concept and unique art style to go with it.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo is amazing and very entertaining! I just love good comics for kids that don't take the readers for granted. Margo Maloo is clever, witty and a wonderful adventure altogether with great characters and well-built plot. It tells the story of Charles, who has just moved into Echo City, but doesn't like the city all that much. He ends up meeting this mysterious Margo Maloo, who's a monster mediator and together they begin investigating disappearances and other sup ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 4 stars
Art: 4 stars

Short full-color children's graphic novel consisting of the first three chapters/issues of this new series. The title is misleading in that these stories are actually the case files of Charles, a wanna-be journalist whose parents have just moved him to a creepy old hotel his dad is renovating in a much more urban environment that he is used to living. He discovers a troll living in the hotel and calls Margo Maloo, Monster Mediator, for help. Later, he teams up with her
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was recommended to me and luckily my library had it so I checked it out. I'm participating in my own Halloween season celebration, by doing 61 Days of Halloween and thought this "creepy" book would be fun to add into the mix.

I don't regret my decision, while Charles took some warming up to (can't really blame him), I was instantly intrigued by the mysterious Margo Maloo: Monster Mediator. She appears to be a kid, but is she? I don't know for sure but have some speculations about her origins
This graphic novel is tons of fun! I’m planning on giving it to my niece, who is in middle school and would adore the fearless Margo. The story is led by Charles, who is new to the city and stunned to learn that monsters lurk everywhere. He’s a great guide, but I would love to see a book that tackles how Margo became a monster mediator. —Stephanie (
Rachel Watkins
Graphic novels are a sure-fire way to access reluctant readers and THE CREEPY CASE FILES OF MARGO MALOO is a fabulous new edition. Drew Weing has created a book in which the smartest person is a female - bravo. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one!
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun read. Charles Thompson's reservations and prejudices about moving to a new city are dispelled by the fearless monster mediator Margo Maloo as the two solve mysteries and venture into the dark depth of Echo City.
Julia Mcknight
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A funny and entertaining read! Great characters - loved the hipster parents all preoccupied with renos and post-graduate degrees. Super mature, capable kids taking on the world with a wry sense of humour.
I really enjoyed this book and hope there are some more!
Margo Maloo was the perfect distraction when I really needed it. I love Thompson's family and all the monsters! Weing and Davis need to give me more adventures with this crew!
Mar 01, 2017 added it
Margo is a badass. I like her look, how tough and no nonsense she is, and that she is a monster mediator.

Fun graphic novel for younger people. It isn't needlessly sanitized, which is refreshing.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Picked this one up to browse, and I ended up sitting down and devouring it in one go. So great! Unique voice and A++ characters. I so want to know more about Margo!
Eric Orchard
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really, super fun book.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about ghosts and gentrification and it is awesome
(also a super-cute fantasy/mystery with adorable main characters)
gr. 4-7
Jenn Lopez
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now I'm going to have to check for monsters under my bed, and in my closet, and in my basement. Oh, wait, I don't have a basement. I guess if I find any I can always call Margo Maloo to handle them. I'm just glad Charles isn't such a wuss at the end.
Heather Culley
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Subtext on gentrification is even handed and thoughtful. GOOD child characters.
Teresa Edmunds
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I love this book! It's got mystery, monsters, adventure, and really cool graphics! Charles isn't happy about moving to a new city, especially when a monster pays him a visit. A neighbor boy tells Charles about Margo Maloo, the leading expert on all things monster. Charles gives Margo a call and learns that his night-time visitor isn't a "monster", it's a troll named Marcus. And Marcus was in the building first and he has rights. Charles decides to tag along with Margo on other adventures and lea ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo is a very entertaining comic or graphic novel for middle grade kids. This book is tells the story of Charles Thompson and his move to Echo City. He is a reporter on the web and seems to be worried about everything, mugging, murder and monsters. When a monster comes out of his closet the first night in his new home, he tells the neighbour kid. He gives him a card and he calls Margo Maloo. She is sort of like a ghost buster for monsters. She is billed as a Mons ...more
Matt Graupman
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before reading "The Creepy Case Files Of Margo Maloo," I only knew of Drew Weing as Eleanor Davis' husband. All I can say after reading the book is, if those two ever have a baby, he/she is gonna be the greatest artist ever conceived because Eleanor and Drew are both insanely talented... Alright, I lied, I have more to say about the book.

Margo Maloo may be the title character but the comic really revolves around bookish young Charles, who has just moved to Echo City, and is shocked to discover t
Julie lit pour les autres
Lu en français : Les effroyables aventures de Margo Maloo

Par tous les trolls, une bande dessinée à faire découvrir d'urgence aux enfants du deuxième cycle du primaire! Charles, jeune blogueur et apprenti journaliste, vient de déménager dans une grande ville. Perdre ses amis et se retrouver dans une chambre grande comme un cagibi, c'est triste, mais habiter dans un hôtel en décrépitude que son père veut rénover, c'est pire...surtout quand il y a vraiment un monstre dans le garde-robe. Heureusemen
Echo City is a strange and frightening place indeed, and for new arrival, Charles, it seems to be a most unfriendly place. His possessions are disappearing, and there seem to be monsters everywhere. Fortunately for Charles, he gains the friendship of Margo Maloo, who bridges the divide between humans and monsters. For reasons that aren't clear at the start, Margo has managed to tame all these monsters, and they seem more afraid of her than she is of them. Anyone who likes trolls, ogres, and gobl ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This graphic novel was a lot of fun, and I think it would be a great choice for middle grade readers who love mystery, danger, and a few not-so-scary monsters.

Margo's character really intrigued me, and I'd love to read a book that explores who (or what) she is and how she became a monster mediator.

Charles is a great guide for readers, especially since he has the reaction most of us would have upon finding a monster in our home: Get it out! I liked his evolution from firmly believing that monst
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