Friday, August 12, 2022

'SpongeBob' To Get Dark Detective Book Series

SpongeBob SquarePants Mysteries, a brand new book series in partnership with Nickelodeon, Amulet Books and longtime SpongeBob author David Lewman has been unveiled, and from the first look, it looks like it'll feature a darker tone than the series.

In an ominous first look at SpongeBob SquarePants Mysteries #1, "Find a Missing Star," SpongeBob and Squidward solve a mystery surrounding Patrick's disappearance. What's going on?

According to the series listings online, this is only the first part of SpongeBob SquarePants Mysteries. It seems like we'll be getting even more stories in this grim version of Bikini Bottom! The concept also seems to be based on the "Squid Noir" episode of SpongeBob, which offers a fresh perspective on the show that we don't see much of. Like "Squid Noir," the book will feature black-and-white illustrations by illustrator Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife With Archie) throughout.

The hardcover edition of SpongeBob SquarePants Mysteries: Find A Missing Star is currently slated to be released on October 25, and has a SRP of $14.99. A paperback edition has yet to be announced. At the moment, it looks like the book will only be released in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

SpongeBob SquarePants Mysteries: Find A Missing Star is available to pre-order on Barnes & Noble and has a listing on


Uncover the mysteries of Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends in this all-new middle-grade series!

On the eve of a mayoral event happening at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob's best friend Patrick Star goes missing! With no one willing to help find him, SpongeBob and Squidward put on their best detective gear and hit the case themselves. But as their investigation leads them to the darkest corners of Bikini Bottom, secrets about SpongeBob's best friend are quickly revealed.

Energetic and fast-paced, with plenty of kid-friendly humor, Find a Missing Star, the first in the SpongeBob SquarePants Mysteries series, is a great read for new and longtime fans of the hit TV series.

By Nickelodeon, and David Lewman
Illustrator Francesco Francavilla
Publication Date: October 25, 2022
Imprint: Amulet Books
Trim Size: 5 1⁄2 x 8
ISBN: 9781419757723
Page Count: 224
Illustrations: Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Rights: US/CAN/AUS/NZ/UK English

David Lewman has written more than 65 books starring SpongeBob SquarePants, Jimmy Neutron, the Fairly OddParents, G.I. Joe, the Wild Thornberrys, and other popular characters. He has also written scripts for many acclaimed television shows. David lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Donna, and their dog, Pirkle.

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