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In this series opener, Koko Dodo the cookie chef has a big problem. Today is the day of the royal cookie contest, and someone has stolen his top-secret fudge sauce! Luckily, a spy enters the scene just in time (or rather, crashes in on her roller skates): Didi Dodo! This might be Didi’s first case ever, but she has a daring plan to help Koko. Koko would prefer a safe, simp In this series opener, Koko Dodo the cookie chef has a big problem. Today is the day of the royal cookie contest, and someone has stolen his top-secret fudge sauce! Luckily, a spy enters the scene just in time (or rather, crashes in on her roller skates): Didi Dodo! This might be Didi’s first case ever, but she has a daring plan to help Koko. Koko would prefer a safe, simple, sure-to-work plan, but without another option, he and the amateur sleuth take off on a wacky caper full of high-speed chases and big belly laughs that could only come from the mind of the inimitable Tom Angleberger. Each book in the series will focus on a food-related mystery.


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In this series opener, Koko Dodo the cookie chef has a big problem. Today is the day of the royal cookie contest, and someone has stolen his top-secret fudge sauce! Luckily, a spy enters the scene just in time (or rather, crashes in on her roller skates): Didi Dodo! This might be Didi’s first case ever, but she has a daring plan to help Koko. Koko would prefer a safe, simp In this series opener, Koko Dodo the cookie chef has a big problem. Today is the day of the royal cookie contest, and someone has stolen his top-secret fudge sauce! Luckily, a spy enters the scene just in time (or rather, crashes in on her roller skates): Didi Dodo! This might be Didi’s first case ever, but she has a daring plan to help Koko. Koko would prefer a safe, simple, sure-to-work plan, but without another option, he and the amateur sleuth take off on a wacky caper full of high-speed chases and big belly laughs that could only come from the mind of the inimitable Tom Angleberger. Each book in the series will focus on a food-related mystery.

30 review for Recipe for Disaster

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Read for elementary school library: Normally I enjoy anything written by Tom Angleberger but this one is just okay. The illustrations aren't distinctive enough and the black, green and white is boring Here's what I didn't like: An empty cookie jar is mentioned on page 8 but it is not emphasized. Then the cookie jar appears again on page 23. This time the cookie jar is important. I had to go back to find out where the cookie jar was first mentioned. I'm wondering if students are going to pick up o Read for elementary school library: Normally I enjoy anything written by Tom Angleberger but this one is just okay. The illustrations aren't distinctive enough and the black, green and white is boring Here's what I didn't like: An empty cookie jar is mentioned on page 8 but it is not emphasized. Then the cookie jar appears again on page 23. This time the cookie jar is important. I had to go back to find out where the cookie jar was first mentioned. I'm wondering if students are going to pick up on this..... That is picky (I know, I know), but I've seen this kind of thing before in books. Students will come up to me in the library and we have to figure it out where the object or character was previously mentioned. It can be a teachable moment but I see more frustration in the student than learning. I was bothered by the bull character - not so much the character - he's funny - but the misspelling of his words. As a teacher of elementary school students, proper spelling is crucial as the students are emerging readers. Starting in 4th grade I'm okay with misspelling of words - Fourth graders and up can figure it out but younger grades tend to get confused. (And I think my 4th and 5th graders are going to appreciate this book a lot more than grades 1 through 3) What I loved: I loved the Opening, different Parts and the Interludes. When I introduce this book to students, this is something to point out. I loved the silliness of this book because I know my students will be laughing. I also enjoyed the recipe - it's quirky. What I really loved was that this book was like 'reading' a Saturday morning cartoon. Just a lot of crazy stuff happens. Kids will love that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    This is a fun and humorous chapter book that will appeal to everyone who likes cookies, a little mystery, ... and a little potty humor. I am so glad to have read it because it will be a definite purchase for my school..

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amber Webb

    I typically really enjoy Tom and Cece's work, but this book was not my favorite. I didn't feel attached to the characters and found the plot somewhat disjointed. There were a few too many characters going in too many different directions and then ask end up in the same place. It was just to much for me. I think the book will have some weight because of the authors and illustrator and there will likely be kids who find it hilarious. It just want for me. I typically really enjoy Tom and Cece's work, but this book was not my favorite. I didn't feel attached to the characters and found the plot somewhat disjointed. There were a few too many characters going in too many different directions and then ask end up in the same place. It was just to much for me. I think the book will have some weight because of the authors and illustrator and there will likely be kids who find it hilarious. It just want for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Keepers of the Books

    Koko Dodo's secret sauce has been stolen and the Royal Cookie Contest is in a few hours! Worse, he doesn't remember the secret ingredient he needs to make more sauce. Never fear, Didi Dodo is on the case and she has a daring plan to figure out the secret ingredient and who stole Koko's super-secret fudge sauce. Their first clue leads them to the Rhubarb Relish farm where things get a little messy, but will they find the thief? Funny, delightful, and engaging like all of Angleberger's books, youn Koko Dodo's secret sauce has been stolen and the Royal Cookie Contest is in a few hours! Worse, he doesn't remember the secret ingredient he needs to make more sauce. Never fear, Didi Dodo is on the case and she has a daring plan to figure out the secret ingredient and who stole Koko's super-secret fudge sauce. Their first clue leads them to the Rhubarb Relish farm where things get a little messy, but will they find the thief? Funny, delightful, and engaging like all of Angleberger's books, young readers will be drawn into the story by the humorous characters and easy to follow plot. The illustrations are unique and work well with the text to bring the story to life. Fans of Inspector Flytrap, Tom Angleberger, humor, and mystery will enjoy reading this book Please Note: A copy of this book was given to Jessica in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are her own. For more reviews, recommendations, and online librarian advice, please visit us at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK3v...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Super cute. Dodos!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Skjam!

    Disclaimer: I received an Uncorrected Proof through a Goodreads giveaway for the purpose of writing this review. No other compensation was requested or offered. As an uncorrected proof, there may be changes in the final product–in particular, some illustrations are not finalized. Koko Dodo is preparing for the Royal Cookie Contest at the local mall. His Super-Secret Fudge Sauce has won the contest twenty years in a row, and he sees no reason this won’t be year twenty-one. That is, until he discov Disclaimer: I received an Uncorrected Proof through a Goodreads giveaway for the purpose of writing this review. No other compensation was requested or offered. As an uncorrected proof, there may be changes in the final product–in particular, some illustrations are not finalized. Koko Dodo is preparing for the Royal Cookie Contest at the local mall. His Super-Secret Fudge Sauce has won the contest twenty years in a row, and he sees no reason this won’t be year twenty-one. That is, until he discovers someone has stolen the secret ingredient! This would ordinarily be a job for Inspector Flytrap, who’s gotten Koko out of some tight spots before. But that veteran vegetable is out of town. Thus the task falls to a new heroine, Didi Dodo, Future Spy! (Which does not mean she’s a spy from the future. Just that she wants to make spying her career.) Koko isn’t convinced Didi’s the right dodo for the job. For one thing, she doesn’t know how to stop on roller skates, but insists on rollerskating everywhere. And she’s full of daring plans–too daring! Even if they find the secret ingredient in time, Koko won’t be able to win the contest if he’s deceased! This children’s chapter book is brought to you by the author of the Inspector Flytrap series and the artist of Vegetables in Underwear. The reading level is first through third grade, though some first graders might need help. Parents will definitely want to help if their young ones decide they want to try the recipe that’s included with the book–it’s not dangerous, but could get a bit messy. The plot zooms quickly from one nonsensical moment to the next, with a strong emphasis on the need for speed, which leaves a few plot holes open. (There is a nice bit of realism when we find out the results of one person winning the same contest every year.) The art is okay, and characters are easily identifiable. Content note: There’s some potty humor parents may not appreciate. I suspect this will be one of those books that has a brief popularity and then vanishes into the mist of childhood memories; if your kid liked Inspector Flytrap, give it a whirl.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    My kids loved the Inspector Flytrap series on audio, so we picked up this one for me to read aloud. Inspector Flytrap and Nina the Goat do make a brief appearance, but the focus here is Koko Dodo. His super secret fudge sauce is missing and with Inspector Flytrap not answering his phone Koko is forced to rely on Didi Dodo and her daring plans. This is full of the slapstick humor we've come to love in the Inspector Flytrap series, but it's not quite as engaging. My kids loved the Inspector Flytrap series on audio, so we picked up this one for me to read aloud. Inspector Flytrap and Nina the Goat do make a brief appearance, but the focus here is Koko Dodo. His super secret fudge sauce is missing and with Inspector Flytrap not answering his phone Koko is forced to rely on Didi Dodo and her daring plans. This is full of the slapstick humor we've come to love in the Inspector Flytrap series, but it's not quite as engaging.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I received an uncorrected proof of this book at a librarian's conference and read it last night in one sitting with my newly 5 year-old son. He absolutely loved the characters, picked up on the humor and was captivated by the action. He is looking forward to the release to see the illustrations that were not completed for the proof's printing. This book is illustrated on nearly every page with black and white drawings that tend to add to the book's humor. I just added this book to my library boo I received an uncorrected proof of this book at a librarian's conference and read it last night in one sitting with my newly 5 year-old son. He absolutely loved the characters, picked up on the humor and was captivated by the action. He is looking forward to the release to see the illustrations that were not completed for the proof's printing. This book is illustrated on nearly every page with black and white drawings that tend to add to the book's humor. I just added this book to my library book order as it is an excellent addition for an elementary school library because it has high kid-appeal.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Sachlis

    I listened to this book on RB Digital. I had tried to read Book 2 in the series and did not enjoy it. The audio is excellent. Koko Dodo has a problem. He wants to participate in a baking contest that he always wins. The problem is that someone has stolen the secret ingredient to the Fudge Sauce for his cookies. The secret ingredient is so secret that even he does not know what it is. This is a silly adventure that will make you laugh. Didi Dodo considers herself to be a future spy. She has many I listened to this book on RB Digital. I had tried to read Book 2 in the series and did not enjoy it. The audio is excellent. Koko Dodo has a problem. He wants to participate in a baking contest that he always wins. The problem is that someone has stolen the secret ingredient to the Fudge Sauce for his cookies. The secret ingredient is so secret that even he does not know what it is. This is a silly adventure that will make you laugh. Didi Dodo considers herself to be a future spy. She has many daring plans but will any of them work? People who enjoy Stick Dog or Chicken Squad will enjoy this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Destinee Sutton

    My 6yo and I agree that this was fun, but not great. She is a strong reader for her age, but struggled with the yak's misspelled dialogue. We were both confused by the empty jar, but figured it out by re-reading from the beginning. We haven't read the Inspector Flytrap books, but that didn't seem to matter. This was just super silly. The funniest part for us was how the chicks at the mall just want to poop on chairs. My daughter also really liked that the chihuahua was named DJ Funkyfoot for no My 6yo and I agree that this was fun, but not great. She is a strong reader for her age, but struggled with the yak's misspelled dialogue. We were both confused by the empty jar, but figured it out by re-reading from the beginning. We haven't read the Inspector Flytrap books, but that didn't seem to matter. This was just super silly. The funniest part for us was how the chicks at the mall just want to poop on chairs. My daughter also really liked that the chihuahua was named DJ Funkyfoot for no apparent reason (he's neither a DJ nor funky-footed; he's a stiff, serious butler). On a slightly more serious note, I liked that the fudge thief was redeemed in the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jj

    Meh. I quite enjoyed the Inspector Flytrap series, but this spinoff is just not up to par with that one. I checked out book one and two, but struggled to even finish this first volume. I can't make it to volume two and now I'm returning them both today. Meh. I quite enjoyed the Inspector Flytrap series, but this spinoff is just not up to par with that one. I checked out book one and two, but struggled to even finish this first volume. I can't make it to volume two and now I'm returning them both today.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Very silly story with green-wash illustrations. Interestingly for an easy chapter book, some of the vocabulary is hard: "butterscotch", "rhubarb". The yak even has an accent (non-standard spelling): "WHAT ARE YOO BURDS DOON IN MAH RELISH?". And don't try to make the secret fudge sauce recipe, as it includes pickled rhubarb relish. But the goofy non-stop adventure is lots of fun. Very silly story with green-wash illustrations. Interestingly for an easy chapter book, some of the vocabulary is hard: "butterscotch", "rhubarb". The yak even has an accent (non-standard spelling): "WHAT ARE YOO BURDS DOON IN MAH RELISH?". And don't try to make the secret fudge sauce recipe, as it includes pickled rhubarb relish. But the goofy non-stop adventure is lots of fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Reading With Sarah

    Young readers will enjoy the action-packed, over-the-top expressive writing style of Tom Angleberger, who also wrote the Origami Yoda series. In this story, Didi Dodo helps baker Koko Dodo find his stolen Super Secret Fudge Sauce so that he can keep his fame as the winner of the Royal Cookie Contest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Audriana

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and the twin 5 year old boys I watch daily LOVE IT! We have read it over 10 times and it never gets old to them. It's funny, well written, a quick read, and an over all cute story. I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and the twin 5 year old boys I watch daily LOVE IT! We have read it over 10 times and it never gets old to them. It's funny, well written, a quick read, and an over all cute story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    T.

    A fun chapter book that can appeal to younger readers (i.e. preschoolers who are reading chapter books). It lost a star rating for not including Cece Bell as an author but in the author bio. She came up with the idea with him.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Rikard

    This one was difficult to get through without rolling my eyes a dozen times. Since I've never worked with elementary kids before, it's hard for me to gauge if students will like it. It moves very quickly and there were some funny parts, but it just bordered on ridiculous to me. This one was difficult to get through without rolling my eyes a dozen times. Since I've never worked with elementary kids before, it's hard for me to gauge if students will like it. It moves very quickly and there were some funny parts, but it just bordered on ridiculous to me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    There is absolutely a reader for this book, it just isn’t me. As a readaloud it tanked: I found myself yelling every line of dialogue because Everything! Is! Dramatic! The story is ridiculous, the characters are reprehensible, and the premise is weird. Just not for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    I was getting tired of Flyblap. I was glad the series was over. Then, this is shining at us from the library shelves. Another adventure in this world. Similar to the others. Its fine, but just nothing to help groom a child to be a good person.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Fun little book. I liked the Inspector Flytrap Books better. We'll likely read the next one in the series when it comes out. Fun little book. I liked the Inspector Flytrap Books better. We'll likely read the next one in the series when it comes out.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I love the Inspector Flytrap books, but this new series by Angleberger lacks characterization and is disjointed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    This tale just zips along with kinetic energy. The mystery packs a surprise ending which does keeps the pages flying.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elliott

    I like it because it has lots of birds and it has dodo birds that are from the past and I think it's super funny. I like it because it has lots of birds and it has dodo birds that are from the past and I think it's super funny.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cute book for kids, and would absolutely be great for any kid who is interested in baking.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    In this early elementary chapter book, a new detective helps a chef try to find his lost recipe and win a cookie contest. Fun and fast paced

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I didn't like it, but I am not the intended age group. I didn't like it, but I am not the intended age group.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Cute story and action. I could see kids enjoying reading it and liking the characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    CHEYENNE

    My 8 yr old + 11 yr old daughters loved listening to me read out loud for bedtime story. Just funny.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    2.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Harbeke

    This is a diverting farce that kids or anyone looking for something goofy will probably enjoy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Very entertaining, light-hearted, humorous story for those new to chapter books.

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