The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty: Book 1

Book Author & Illustrator Rhys Darby
Rights Available World excl. ANZ

Introducing … Buttons McGinty. Buttons is shipped off to Ranktwerp Island Education Fortress for Gifted Lame Unruly Minors, a.k.a. R.I.E.F.G.L.U.M., a boarding school on a remote island, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Antarctica. His parents are missing under strange circumstances and there are bogus baddies and a burly bigfoot on the prowl.

Join Buttons and his friends as they enter a universe unlike any you’ve seen before. A laugh-out-loud mystery-comedy series that will blow your mind and bring on an attack of the bellyaching funnies!
• A brand-new junior fiction series from international funny man Rhys Darby
• Action-packed comedy/sci-fi/adventure with side-splitting hilarity, you’ll be shaking in your boots and tingling your toes as you turn the pages
• Not only has Rhys written the story – he’s drawn the pictures too!
• For fans of David Walliams, Jeff Kinney, Ahn Do

Button McGinty’s adventure continues in Books 2 and 3 which are also available for international rights sales

About the Author
Rhys Darby
is an actor and comedian from New Zealand. He rose to fame as the lovable but inept Murray Hewitt on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. He has gone on to star in films like Yes Man, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and his kids’ favourite, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He is a regular feature on a number of animations, from Barefoot Bandits, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Star vs. the Forces of Evil and the brand new TMNT reboot. He is an amateur cryptozoologist and in his spare time hosts a podcast on the subject, The Cryptid Factor. Darby is never far from his standup comedy roots and still treads the boards, bringing his energetic storytelling style to stages all over the world.

Darby grew up in Auckland, and now resides in Los Angeles with his family where he likes to ride his bike and eat tacos!


Scholastic New Zealand Ltd


190 x 150mm



Junior Fiction

Age range
8-11 years

Publication Date
October 2018

Rights Available:
World excl. ANZ

Rights Agents:


Lynette Evans, Scholastic New Zealand Ltd

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Cleverly conceived, perfectly pitched, hugely satisfying

Theatre View

Creative, entertaining and light-hearted fun


OK dancer, excellent comic

Sydney Morning Herald