Fortune cookies are being sent all over the city with messages that contain menacing information. Tiger Moth and Kung Pow are determined to find out who and what are behind the messages. Tiger Moth is concerned that the Yellow Jacket Hive and the Scorpions have joined together. He knows that if these two have joined forces, it means real trouble. The characters are colorful and the heroes are likable; however, I am not thrilled with the flow of the story. It is a little difficult to follow in some places. The ending is also disappointing but the readers will have to make up their own minds about that. This book is written in graphic format that is a favorite of mine. It is perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. At the end of the book is a glossary and mini biographies about the author and illustrator. There are two pages of interesting facts about "Secret Messages," discussion questions, and writing prompts. Also included is a list of web sites that might be of interest to the reader.
Aaron Reynolds loves bugs and loves books, so Tiger Moth was a perfect blend of both. Reynolds is the author of several great books for kids, including Chicks and Salsa, which Publishers Weekly called "a literary fandango." Reynolds had no idea what "fandango" meant. After looking it up in the dictionary, he learned the word means "playful and silly behavior." Reynolds hopes to write several more fandangos in the future. He lives near Chicago with his wife, two kids, and four insect-obsessed cats.
Erik Lervold was born in Puerto Rico, a small island in the Caribbean, and has been a professional painter. Deciding that he wanted to be a full-time artist, he moved to Florida, New York, Chicago, Duluth, and finally Minneapolis. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majored in Comic Art, and graduated in 2004. Erik teaches classes in libraries in the Minneapolis area, and has taught art in the Minnesota Children's Museum. He loves the color green and has a bunch of really big goggles. He also loves sandwiches. If you want him to be your friend, bring him a roast beef sandwich and he will love you forever.