The name’s Jones. Mabel Jones.
Can a pirate change her stripes and become a spy? She can when the fate of the “hooman” race is at stake. It’s the future, and all the humans were wiped out long ago, but that’s nothing time-traveling Mabel Jones can’t fix. Having bested pirates and evil rats (Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City, 2016), Mabel returns to track down the titular Doomsday Book, which may hold a clue to whatever it was that wiped out her species so long ago. Blackmailed by a spy network to recover the book from the land of the evil Grand Zhool of Otom, Mabel and her anthropomorphic mammal friends must best a master of disguise, navigate a sewage tunnel, raise the sarcophagus of St. Statham, and worse before this latest adventure is over. Endlessly funny and gleefully gross, the intrusive narrator of this series reaches new heights of looniness as Mabel and friends battle an even wider array of nefarious animals. Granted, the hidden villain of the piece may be obvious to readers, but it’s a small price to pay for this much fun. Suffused with an unapologetically British tone and peppered with Ross Collins' art, the adventure will leave fans hungry for more and new readers distinctly intrigued.
Top-notch, cutthroat, silly, strange stuff. (Fantasy. 9-12)