Inspector Flytrap is here to solve your “BIG DEAL” mysteries…foolishness in every case file guaranteed.
Inspector Flytrap may be a Venus flytrap, but the carnivorous plant is also trying to become the greatest private detective ever grown. Inspector Flytrap lives in a pot and can leave the office only with the help of assistant Nina the Goat, always hungry and frequently unimpressed. She puts the inspector’s pot on a skateboard and pushes it around town. Calls come from many of the town’s animal denizens, but the inspector spurns small cases. Lulu Emu’s request for assistance at the art museum seems important enough to put the inspector on the case—but contrary Nina’s fondness for going the wrong way down busy, one-way streets makes for a hair-raising start. At the museum, Lulu takes them to the Top Secret Art Lab, where they are shown the only flower painting Leonardo da Vinci ever painted: there’s a mysterious yellow glob stuck to the masterwork. Nina tastes it. And after a few simple questions, the intrepid plant detective solves the explosive (and slightly gross) case. Angleberger and Bell team up for a goofy, easy chapter-book series kickoff. The cases (in addition to the Leonardo enigma, there’s a case involving a fetid cookie factory and an AWOL rose) are full of silly characters (and solved with silly solutions), and Bell’s ample cartoon line drawings pair perfectly.
Three cases and lunch! What more could you need? Happily, Volume 2, The President’s Mane Is Missing, publishes simultaneously. (Humor. 6-9)