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sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T.* and scourge of supervillains everywhere!

With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve! Can Mango and Brash uncover the c
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by First Second (first published February 2020)
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John Green There is a bit of toilet humor, but not a lot. The gators use toilets/sewers to travel quickly to different locations, but most of the jokes revolve a…moreThere is a bit of toilet humor, but not a lot. The gators use toilets/sewers to travel quickly to different locations, but most of the jokes revolve around wordplay, not "gross out" humor. There's some, but it's pretty mild in my opinion (granted, I am the author.) The recommended age is 7-10, and if your kid loves to read, then I'd think this should be right up his alley(gator). There are more books in the series coming, so if he likes it he'll soon have plenty more to read!(less)

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This is a middle grade comic. I volunteer at my daughter's school's library, so I love reading middle grade books to help decided want I think the kids will like. I really think the kids will love this book. It is funny, but it also as a story line that as different things going on that connects at the end. I also loved the pictures. My daughter as read this book since I read it, and she loved it as well. I won an ARC of this book for a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion. ...more
Eric Mesa
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this to my four-year-olds and I found it to be a blast. Most of the word-play went over their heads. In fact, after finishing it with my four-year-olds, I recommended it to my 8-year-old. We'll see what she thinks. This is definitely one of those books you can read with the kids and, if you like Dad Jokes and Puns, you'll be enjoying it rather than wishing you were doing something else. ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the first installment of what promises to be a wildly successful graphic novel series, Green (“Kitten Construction Company”) once again shows off his knack for pun-filled animal tales. Alligators Mango and Brash are friends and secret agents for S.U.I.T. (Special Undercover Investigator Teams), tasked with solving their first case: finding Chef Mustachio, who went missing just before he was about to unveil his latest concoction. These masters of disguise are off and running. But when there’s ...more
Louisa Rosenblatt
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm 9 years old and I loved this book. Its so funny and entertaining. Theres so much going on which makes it a little confusing but over all I loved it. Whenever I can't sleep I read it and I can never get enough of it. ...more
Karen McKenna
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book that is sure to be a hit in my classroom! Do I even dare to say that I liked it more than (whispers.... Dogman). Really puny, some sewer humor, two great characters and a mystery to solve. This was pure fun. #LitReviewCrew
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, graphics
First off, I am an adult, so I know I am not the target audience for this book, but I did rather enjoy Green's "Kitten Construction Company" so I was thrilled to get an ARC of this one.

The Cover: Awesome and eye-catching and sure to float right into hands.

The illustrations: Also awesome. Great appeal and funny visuals.

The text: Here's where it lost me to be honest. There was far too much puns, quips, etc. that it just seems a bit chaotic. This will not be a series that I will continue reading by
Michelle Gray
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read from ARC.

Delightful and funny. :)
Britt, Book Habitue
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
John Patrick Green is a Browncoat.
Josephine Sorrell
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is Saturday night live for Kids.
Silly and inventive fast-paced fun, dumb but clever humor.

Our “InvestiGators” are two alligators who work for an organization that sets out to right the wrongs of the world. They have V.E.S.T.s (Very Exciting Spy Technology) and S.U.I.T.s (Special Undercover Investigator Teams). Their mission takes them to a famous bakery, The Batter Down not to be confused with The Batter Up, where the renowned and famous baker has gone missing along with his secret recipes
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love that graphic novels tell stories in such a visual way that you can get totally immersed in the story! InvestiGators is a whole load of fun. Jam packed with baking puns, I certainly chucked a few times! This graphic novel will go down great in Year 2/3. A pair of alligators who are on a mission to save the world and capture all the supervillains! Gorgeously illustrated too!!
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The plot was ok but the jokes were excellent. This graphic novel is going to please many young readers.
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked the word play in this story!
I cackled through this entire book. A book filled with puns is a book for me. This is a modern day Captain Underpants just JAM PACKED with food jokes. It features 2 Alligator Detectives, Mango and Brash, who are just a delight. Everyone in this world is a bit dim, but in the best way possible. The story jumps around A LOT and can be a bit confusing at moments, but honestly the plot isn’t the most important part here, and it resolves nicely at the end.

Will definitely read more in this series. Pe
Elliott Leonard
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This sounds so cool. My friend Adaire recommended it for me
Lara Samuels
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of Dog Man have a new series to enjoy. Must purchase for libraries.
Karen Arendt
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the baking humor!
Katie Lawrence
Super fun with great puns! I love a good silly book and I think kids will really enjoy this one.
I got this free—not in exchange for a review, but because the author is a nice guy and my wife and I are friends with his brother & sister-in-law.

Honestly I was disappointed when I started this book. I'd loved his Kitten Construction books, and this newest book seemed more like a Pilkey graphic novel. I could never get into those Captain Underwear and Dogman books—they were too low brow for me to find funny.

But as I read, I realized Green's story and dialogue were a lot more clever, and I found
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades, comics
2.5 stars
Kids will love the art and storyline for this new series. The alligators are a combination of Keystone Cops and Sherlock Holmes for the elementary reader level. The plot falls in the DogMan style for this age group. Several storylines crossover and the two officers - Mango and Brash - solve almost all of them by the end. The open storyline strongly hints where the next in the series will begin.
Admittedly I'm not the target audience. I do see some of the second to fourth grade readers lo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
InvestiGators had me cracking up! I'm a huge fan of punny-humor, and this book has plenty of that! Brash and Mango are a great investigative duo, and I loved their antics. There are also some wonderfully bizarre side characters, like a doctor who was bitten by a helicopter; I'm going to be thinking about that for awhile. I'm hooked, and I can't wait for book 2! Fans of Dog Man will sink their teeth into InvestiGators! ...more
Raven Black
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First in a new series. Will be a lot of puns, toilet humor and obvious jokes. Ages 7 to 10
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kids will love it, but there are some ethnic stereotypes portrayed for comic effect and the book as a whole tries too hard for the manic, over-the-top comedy of Dog Man, but never reaches it.
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A review copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review. This review first appeared on our blog, Biblionaut Expeditions. Read the review here and check us out for more reviews. My son (13) and I both reviewed this book. You'll see his thoughts at the end!

John Patrick Green takes the joke “What do you call an alligator in a vest?” to the extreme in his newest graphic novel, IngestiGators. He creates a hilarious world where actual alligators in actual vests solve bizarre mysteri
Becky B
InvestiGators Brash and Mango are assigned to go undercover at a bakery and find out what happened to famous chef Gustavo Mustachio who has disappeared. But they are soon called away from that investigation for a more urgent case involving an explosion at the Science Factory. What happened to Gustavo Mustachio? What happened at the Science Factory? Are the two cases linked or do the InvestiGators have a whole bunch of cases to solve?

This starts off seeming like it is a pretty simple mystery but
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Middle grade graphic novel-- humor. Brash and Mango are two InvestiGators who have been summoned to investigate the disappearance of Chef Mustachio. While they are casing the bakery, they notice one of the ovens missing. A strange customer comes in, with their body completely obscured by a yellow raincoat, and orders a giant birthday cake. Meanwhile there is a sort of scientist convention going on, and the scientists have had to evacuate the building (code sunburn!). Right after the evacuation, ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Mango and Brash are detective gators, as the title suggests. They are part of S.U.I.T. – Special Undercover Investigation Teams – investigating the disappearance of Gustavo Mustachio, a famous cupcake chef. Their special disguises are V.E.S.T.s – Very Exciting Spy Technology – in the form of mustaches. As they delve deep into the details about the chef and his bakery, the mysteries pile up, and so do the puns and gags. These two are like a stand-up comedy team, as they switch mustaches and trade ...more
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May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A famous Chef has vanished without a trace, and the Investigators Mango and Brash are looking for clues. This is their first case together and it’s proving to be a tough one. There is a missing oven, missing recipes and strange goings on at a nearby scientist’s conference. Can it be connected?

Using their special spy techniques, involving toilets and disguises, this S.U.I.T (Special Undercover Investigation Teams) duo are determined to capture the culprits.

While undercover, they have to bake a 10
Kaitlyn Streeter
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rowland
I purchased this book for a child who is a devoted fan of the Dogman comic series, and read it myself to kill some time.

The greatest virtue of this book is by far the comedy, both the jokes they make outright and the subtle ones made in the background. Artist-intervention and the inclusion of a were-copter, who works as a brain surgeon ,are just a couple of intances wherin the author employs sheer absurdity. This ridiulous inclusions make for a truly creative and unique read for any young boy or
Marathon County Public Library
"Dog Man" lovers, rejoice! Here is your next graphic novel obsession about two alligator investigators known as the InvestiGATORS.

Mango and Brash, the InvestiGATORS, receive an assignment to go incognito at Batter Down, the bakery owned by world-famous cupcake chef Gustavo Mustachio, who went missing two weeks ago. With mustaches and chef hats for disguises, Mango and Brash find a missing oven, a suspicious assistant, and more at Batter Down. While Mango and Brash investigate the bakery, we see
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Secret agents Mango & Brash of S.U.I.T., which stands for Special Cover Investigation Teams, are actually a team of two alligators set to solve a tough crime, using their V.E.S.T.s, Very Exciting Spy Technology. Their first case involves locating Gustavo Mustachio a (human) cupcake baker whose gone missing from Batter-Down, his world famous bakery. With lots of puns and red herrings, this story is a hoot. I especially love their clever escape plan when they get trapped, one quick flush of the to ...more
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John Green grew up on Long Island and has worked in New York City ever since graduating from School of Visual Arts for Graphic Design in 1997. He was the comics consultant for Disney Adventures magazine, and in addition to Disney has written, illustrated, or otherwise worked on comics for Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, Scholastic, DC Comics, and First Second Books. When not drawing comics John creates a ...more

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