Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede

"Tank & Fizz" series #1

by Liam O'Donnell
  • fiction
  • graphic-novel
  • reluctant-readers
  • series

When Gravelmuck Elementary’s cleaning slimes escape and destroy the schoolyard with their acidic ooze, all claws and tails point to Mr. Snag, the school’s caretaker, as the culprit. Determined to clear Mr. Snag’s name, Tank and Fizz dive into the case, only to discover that the goop under Rockfall Mountain runs deep. The detective duo must outwit their eight-legged principal and survive an ancient war between high-tech janitors and spell-slinging wizards.

Can Tank and Fizz find the real monsters behind the slime stampede in time to clear Mr. Snag’s name? The Case of the Slime Stampede is the first of five books so far in the "Tank & Fizz" mystery series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain.


Liam O'Donnell, author

Liam O'Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, "Graphic Guide Adventures, West Meadows Detectives" series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Liam lives in London, Ontario.

Mike Deas, illustrator

Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the "Graphic Guide Adventures" series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.


  • This chapter book brims with reader appeal. Fizz’s snappy personality and loyal nature make him a fun protagonist...[Tank's] love of mechanics and engineering make her a unique and refreshing addition and her excitement jumps off the pages, helped by Deas’s artwork. The world...and its characters (gremlins, goblins, slimes, and monsters) is reminiscent of Pixar’s famous 'Monsters Inc.' film series...Plenty of action, adventure and imagination to make it a strong addition to library collections. - School Library Journal Link to review
  • O'Donnell rolls out a slick subterranean caper flavored with a diverse nonhuman cast, topped off with a suspenseful scramble...Deas' frequent cartoon illustrations add zesty incidents and punch lines to the plot. Young readers will slurp up the gumshoes' gooey first exploit with relish. - Kirkus Reviews Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Orca Book Publishers

email: rights@orcabook.com

website: https://www.orcabook.com/

rights sold: Italy (Editrice Il Castoro), Czech (Grada Publishing)

rights available: World, excl. North America

Additional Information

age range: 9-12

number of pages: 152

publication date: 03/01/2015

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book

Additional Materials: PDF Excerpt