Emily, Buster and Fidget are back in Three Pickled Herrings, the second instalment in Sally Gardner's excellent Wings & Co series. Almost as good as the first book, Operation Bunny, Three Pickled Herrings is laugh out loud funny, imaginative and utterly endearing.
When a man and his dog suddenly die and disappear, Wings & Co find themselves with two new cases that need immediate detective work. It seems a naughty fairy is behind the recent disturbances, but is that all that's going on? With the help of Fidget the giant cat and Buster the Grumpy, Emily sets out to solve the mystery of the three pickled herrings.
Sally Gardner introduces some fantastic new characters in this book, most notably Elvis the Elf. He's brought to life by David Roberts and his fantastic illustrations, and soon became my favourite. Aunt Lettice and Mr Rollo also get honourable mentions - I loved them both and hope they show up again in future books. I can't forget already established characters too, like the lamp and the keys. They steal any scene they're in, and the lamp has the coolest Moroccan slippers!
I haven't been this excited about a series of books for younger readers since I first discovered Marcus Sedgwick's The Raven Mysteries. It helps that I already love fairies and fantasy creatures, but even so, Wings & Co is unbelievably good. It hits the right tone and humour, making it the perfect children's series. I hope there are many more books to come!
on 13 April 2015
After falling head over heels in love with the first book in the series I couldn’t wait to get started on The Three Pickled Herrings. Like Emily I do miss the charming Miss String and I was happy that she wasn’t forgotten by the characters.
This book is the first mystery, or rather it’s three mysteries that might or might not be related. Look I’ll keep using words like ‘love’ ‘adore’ & ‘wonderful’ when it comes to these books so you might as well get you to it.
Living at Wings & Co. Fairy Detective Agency (which has the best library btw) isn’t quite turning out as Emily expected, her and Buster aren’t getting along. I actually appreciate this storyline – because instant friends don’t always happen and you can respect each other’s skills regardless. Also while Emily is certainly smart she doesn’t know everything so Fidget, Buster and Emily working together benefits them all.
The Three Pickled Herrings is a great sequel, the writing and language (particular Fidget’s fish-focused vocabulary) is perfection. I loved the way everything came together. Bring on book 3.