… sparkling adventure with added beetle …
I thoroughly enjoyed this sparkling and inventive adventure story surrounding a sealed room mystery. How could Bartholomew Cuttle disappear from the locked Coleoptera collection room in the Natural History Museum? His son, Darkus, along with friends, Virginia and Bertolt, set out to solve the conundrum. Confronting a couple of grotesque pantomime villains, Pickering and Humphrey, and foiling the Cruella de Ville-esque, Lucretia Cutter, along the way.
The real stars, of course, are the beetles: Baxter, the rhinoceros beetle who is featured on the front cover; Newton, the firefly; Marvin, the frog-legged leaf beetle, and the unforgettable insect fashionista, Hepburn.
I was beguiled by the blossoming camaraderie between the beetles and children as the story enfolds to a satisfying conclusion … with a sequel, Beetle Queen, on its way.
I really must mention the fore-edge decoration on the paperback which is a delight. Well done to Chicken House Books and Studio Helen for such a charming touch.
Beetle Boy is published by Chick House Books, March 2016.