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Agent 9: Flood-a-geddon!: the hilarious and action-packed graphic novel

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is a funny, action-packed graphic novel that will appeal to fans of the Dog Man and Bunny vs Monkey series.

They would also only drop off a case of books and leave us to run it – it was so lovely to have you on hand to chat to the children and recommend them books, as well as the small (but appreciated! Agent 9: Flood-a-geddon is the start of a new graphic novel series about Agent 9, a cat-like character who has incredible super-spy skills but who dives into missions without thinking things through, resulting in hilarious mishaps and inevitable 'I-told-you-so's' from Agent 9's sidekick, FIN, a mechanical flying fish. There's lots of fun for readers, and I just may have to get about 5 more copies of this to keep up with the demand that's sure to come once readers at our school meet Agent 9.

The main character, Agent 9, never seems to learn from past mistakes, making them much less endearing, but the supervillain's lines were good for some chuckles. If there is a sequel on the way, I would love to see more characters work alongside Agent 9, but the cast that we do get satisfies well enough to make for an enjoyable secret agent mission. Although it's standard graphic novel fare, Agent 9 is still sure to be a hit with the MG graphic novel crowd.

This is a super fun secret agent graphic novel with a likable, if flawed, feline agent and her wise robot fish FiN sidekick. Agent 9 and their robot fish partner Fin beg for one more chance to prove themselves and be officially taken off probation. Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first. King Crab is your classic incompetent villain who you’d think would get old after a while but the writing and pacing know how much incompetence to show from our villain while still making him funny and a decent threat.

The book's appeal does kind of depend on an enjoyment of the silly – the baddie is not alone in being daft, such as the implausible way our hero can understand every identical 'beoop' from his flying drone as an entirely different message. Agent 9 is impulsive and rather disaster-prone, with a tendency to blow things up and forget vital pieces of equipment. But before O can assign them a new mission, he and all the other ‘super-silly spy agents’ are kidnapped by supervillain King Crab. Can Agent 9 prove to be the right cat for the job by overcoming impulsive behavior and saving the world from a complete flood-a-geddon ?

Before a mission is found, however, Agent 9 finds themself and robotic fish eye sidekick FIN (the long-suffering voice of reason and probable real brains of the duo) remaining the only Agent that now stands between the super evil King Crab and his dastardly plan to flood the world to build a worldwide water park.

After all, they’re rather impulsive and have cost the super spy service millions in broken vehicles and equipment.

The fact I saw it when it was over two years old and we've only had one sequel suggests the franchise didn't really take off, which was a surprise – there may be hundreds of books like this out there, but this was a friendly and enjoyable one, and for once not something so daft and gaudy people over a certain age were excluded. But when the rest of the service is taken hostage, Nine is the only one left to battle the evil King Crab and stop his plans to take over the world.

As with any good graphic novel, this is not a bedtime story or a whole class read but has a very important part in the classroom none the less. Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives. I'm looking forward to seeing further Agent 9 adventures; at a time when interest in graphic novels is rising, this series should find lots of new fans.

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