Booklist Reviews 2017 October #2
Imogen's dream of being head girl is shattered when she is revealed to be a Crim—one of a family of woefully inept criminals—and subsequently expelled. An elaborate heist recently landed most of the Crims in jail and, to their delight, on the front page of the newspaper, but Imogen is certain her family is incapable of pulling off such a crime. Heartbroken, she returns home, determined to prove their innocence and return to school with her name cleared. From the get-go, Davies' light tone, throwaway lines, and inventive details let readers know they're in for a hilarious, eccentric romp. She successfully avoids quirk's dreaded pitfalls, thanks to Imogen, who grounds the madcap plot with her conflicting desires to live an independent, reformed life and to embrace her family and their law-flaunting ways. As Imogen and her cousins investigate the theft, utilizing many illegal techniques, surprising facts emerge about who is really to blame. With Mysterious Benedict Society flair, Davies' novel is packed with ridiculous criminal plans, secret hideaways, wordplay, and heart. In other words, it delivers the goods. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring
Davies swells the ranks of incorrigible children from disreputable families with her introduction of a family of (mostly unsuccessful) malfeasants and criminals. When the adults of the Crim family are wrongly imprisoned, it's up to criminal genius Imogen--who's been in hiding at Lilyworth Ladies' College--and the other Horrible Children to free them. Slapstick, fast-paced, and ridiculously entertaining, this book has superb read-aloud potential. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring
The Crims--a family of the world's most inept criminals--return, but now they're disappearing one by one. It's up to young Imogen (who's actually a genius) and Crim matriarch Big Nana to find and rescue them. Are the kidnappings related to Imogen's fall from queen-bee status at her secondary school? Who is her all-too-perfect archenemy Ada Gud, really? Implausible, hilarious fun for all. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.