16th April '19
“Dr Bartholomew Cuttle wasn’t the kind of man who disappeared.”
From its opening line this book reels you in to the mysterious and seemingly impossible disappearance from a locked vault, of the Director of Science at the Natural History Museum.
The story has everything that you want in an MG book, fantastic and authentic child characters, a delightfully unhinged super villain, Lucretia Cutter, think genetically modified Cruella de Vil, with unbelievably disgusting breakfast habits. She is supplemented with a pair of hilariously warring cousins, Pickford and Humphrey, whose collective greed and idiocy provide great comic entertainment. The pacy plot follows Darkus, his Uncle Max, two new friends, Virginia and Bertolt and an army comprising many species of beetle, in their quest to find and rescue Bartholomew Cutter from his kidnapper. I applaud M.G. Leonard for the volume of detail that this story delivers on the importance of insects in our world. I hope that this joyous adventure inspires a whole new generation of ecologists/ entomologists to scuttle to the library to investigate the amazing insect kingdom. Highly recommended to appeal to boys and girls of 7+.