The goofballs are four close friends, but they are also friends who, though in primary school, solve mysteries in and around Badger Point. The goofballs are Jeff Bunter, Brian Rooney, Kelly Smitts and Mara Lubin. These primary school detectives are called on again by Randall Crandall from the first book in the series The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder. They have a well-deserved reputation for being able to solve any mystery. But this time they are contacted before the actual event occurs. Randall Crandall has been forewarned that a thief known as the Dutchman will try to steal his world-leading, world class collection of derders. Yes, Cardboard rolls; for Randall Crandall has many weird and unique derders in his collection given to him by his grandmother. His collection includes one carved by Abraham Lincoln and the famous one from Custer's Last Derder. And to top it all off, there is a masquerade ball where everyone is dressed up as an unknown superhero. Can Crandall and Goofballs protect the collection? Can they solve the mystery? What is to happen to all those priceless derders? You just need to read the mystery of the Superhero Silliness to find out!
This is the third book in one of two new series out last year by Tony Abbott. To be honest, of the three in the series so far, this one was the most fun. The characters are becoming more developed; their interaction more playful. And the writing is sublime in combining realism, humor and that spark of childhood to spur the imagination of readers young and young at heart. It is a great read and a wonderful addition to the canon of his writings. This series is aimed at younger readers more than some of his other writings but Abbott does a marvelous job of gearing the story for them. This book was a wonderful read and currently there are two more planned in the series. I hope there will be many more to share with my children after that!