Full Metal Trench Coat is the first in the series, Bill the Warthog Mysteries, by Dean A. Anderson. The novel is a cheery, fun read for kids. Anderson writes for elementary school-aged boys in a weirdly engaging manner. The story, told in first person by a twelve-year-old boy named Nick, revolves around topics of interest to kids of that age such as skateboarding, video games, soccer, comics and food.

Each of the ten chapters is a mystery, ending with two questions–one about the case and the other about a biblical truth. The reader must turn to the back of the book to get the answers which are provided by Nick’s friend, professional detective and mentor, Bill. The Q & A section has a lightly educational and devotional tone.

This large font chapter book has full-page black and white illustrations for each chapter. It is 109 pages long and comes with a camouflage-colored bracelet imprinted with the words: “WARTHOG DETECTIVE AGENCY.” Anderson’s approach is highly imaginative and entertaining.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.