What do you get when you take the suave, clever, and mysterious demeanor of the famous fictional crime detective, Dick Tracy — and transplant it into a reptile? One grotesque and scary mystery to solve? Well, yes . . . but you also get this fast-paced comedic series: the Chet Gecko Mysteries by Bruce Hale.
In these stories, which are reminiscent of witty1940s crime detective novels, readers are introduced to Chet Gecko, a wisecracking 4th-grade detective from Emerson Hicky Elementary. Oh, yeah, and he's also a gecko! Yes, like from the commercial, but without the accent.
The Chet Gecko Mysteries are full of interesting characters like Tony Newt, Shirley Chameleon, and Eena Moe. Plus, you'll also get to help Chet solve unusual yet fascinating mysteries — just check out these book titles: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse, The Hamster of the Baskervilles, and The Malted Falcon!
However, my favorite thing about the Chet Gecko Mysteries is Hale's use of quirky and hilarious similes and metaphors, such as these gems:
"my heart beat like a hyperactive octopus with a drum set"
"the line of kids dribbled out the doors like snot from a runny nose in flu season"
"my classmate kept staring like his choo-choo didn't go back to the station anymore"
So dig out your fedora, put on that trench coat, and get ready to help Chet Gecko solve some mysteries.
Plus, gear up for reading Hale's books by submitting YOUR best metaphor in the comments. Here's mine! "Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze."
Show me what you've got!
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer