When was the last time you read a book that was delightful? Not interesting, intriguing, though-provoking--I'm talking about pure, unadulterated, unabashed delight. It would be charming, it would make you smile and warm your jaded, little heart. If you are craving this sort of interaction with a book, let me recommend Bandette, Volume One: Presto! by husband & wife team: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (previous collaboration: Gingerbread Girl).

I have been wracking my brain to remember where I first read / heard about Bandette. I only know the moment I did I added it to my local library queue. My turn finally came last week and I read the book over the weekend (as did my husband). We both were instantly smitten. Just like the characters in Bandette - we too were taken with the teenage master thief. I choose not to give much of the story away, but instead will give you the exact description from the back of the book:

The world’s greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar in swinging Paris by the nome d’arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her skills on either side of the law, Bandette is a thorn in the sides of both police inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But it’s not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief discovers that an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead! This beautiful hardcover includes the first arc, tales of Bandette’s street urchin helpers by guest artists, an original illustrated story, and more!

Plus - she has amazing taste in the items she steals. Her dog, who only says "Yip," is named Pimento! I now want to make a Bandette costume and read more about this delightful teen burglar, her friends, her thieving nemesis, and Belgique (aka B.D.), the detective whose feathers she likes to ruffle.

And from my own detective work, it appears Bandette, Volume 2: Stealers Keepers! is due out April 28, 2015. Or you can access the digital comics over at Monkeybrain Comics.



Page from Volume One: Presto! - I adore the art by Coover. She even described her illustration process at the end of the book.