This is the second Greta Zarbo story and looks to be just as exciting and dangerous as the first. The author has not spared his imagination, and we see the story unravel in the same unpredictable and amazing way that the first one did. This story does not involve robots from outer space but does include a quick trip to Mars.
Greta, an orphan, has been left a house and a fortune by her deceased parents. She moved into the house, under the supervision of her Aunt who lives next door. Aunt Tabitha is an inventor and is quite often involved in unusual activities and with her talent for amazing inventions, she is quite unreliable. However, Greta is a very resourceful girl, and has a part time job as a journalist. This allows her to snoop and peep and pry whenever she can.
There are several issues in this story. The first involves an electric spade that Aunt has invented. The trouble is it just keeps on digging and has released some amoebic monsters from the centre of the earth. These blobs begin surrounding and digesting family pets, and then the neighbours. The second problem is the disappearance of Aunt Tabitha. She was supposed to be hosting “The Twelfth Annual Festival of New Stuff, TAFoNS for short, but has vanished. Many inventors are dismayed by Tabitha’s absence, but Greta realises that there must be a serious problem to keep her Aunt away.
With the intelligence, resilience, and her trusty bike, Greta sets out to solve the issue of her missing Aunt and the problem of the amoebic monsters. We meet many unusual characters along our heroine’s journey. There is Brigadier Ryefoot-fforward and PC Delinquent who was helping with the mysteries.
The story is written with great imagination and humour. It has many witty and clever names and places to keep the reader amused. The story moves at a good pace and defies predictability.
|Author||A.F. Harold. Illustrated Joe Todd-Stanton|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Childrens Books|