Imagine if you were accused of a crime you didn't commit, simply because you matched the description of the criminal. But Remy Sneakers (Remington Raccoon), knows that he didn't do it and that he is being unjustly labeled as a public enemy. Where can he turn for help? Perhaps the other critters in town will help him look for the real thief. So Remy and his friend Stix visit Mouseville, Rat City, and Pigeon Plaza looking for friends who will believe in his innocence. Meanwhile, the real villain continues the evil plot that started all of Remy's troubles.
A mystery in Scooby-Doo fashion, that is also part buddy story with the unlikely pair of the raccoon and Stix the mouse, and similar to the TMNTs when reporters realize there is a talking raccoon, this story will have readers laughing out loud. Since this is only the first of Remy's adventures, they can stay tuned to see what happens next (cue music for foreshadowing). The illustrations carry the narrative along and express emotions more easily than you would expect on the critters' faces. I'm sure many readers will be drawing their own scenes and creating new villains for Remy to face.
A bit longer than the Scholastic Branches chapter books, Remy Sneakers is on the borderland of graphic novel and heavily illustrated chapter book. Fans of Bad Kitty will want to give this a try.
I read an advance reader copy provided by the publisher for review purposes.