Bad Machinery (Volume 3)



The Tackleford gang is back with a new case that demands solving! When Tackleford's derelict barns begin going up in flames, Linton and Sonny are on the case with a moderately mysterious new friend. Paths cross, however, when Lottie and Mildred meet a terrifying yet misunderstood creature living beneath a bridge! Throw in an overly enthusiastic Fire Brigade, a transforming skate ramp, and a new French teacher and you've got the kind of charming genius that can only be found in John Allison's Bad Machinery.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of


I thought this was a quirky, fun story with some interesting characters.  It certainly presented a few laughs, but a few times I found the panels a little disjointed and had trouble following the jumps.  That aside, I particularly enjoyed the British banter intermixed in the story telling.  Overall, I think this was a solid story that I would still definitely recommend to younger readers looking for a good graphic novel. 

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of NetGalley.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it?  Kids looking for a fun quirky story.